The racist fringe of the now-mainstream alt-right movement is seizing on the popularity of Pokémon Go to recruit kids who congregate at “gyms” to play the mobile game, according to one of the group’s most outspoken leaders.
Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi wordsmith behind the alt-right Daily Stormer blog, posted a story on Tuesday about an “enterprising Stormer” (a follower of Anglin’s blog) who is finding Pokémon Go gyms, which serve as battle grounds for players, and distributing recruitment fliers to kids with the hope of “converting children and teens to HARDCORE NEO-NAZISM!”
“The Daily Stormer was designed to appeal to teenagers, but I have long thought that we needed to get pre-teens involved in the movement,” Anglin wrote in the blog post. “At that age, you can really brainwash someone easily. Anyone who accepts Nazism at the age of 10 or 11 is going to be a Nazi for life.” He added, “And it isn’t hard. It’s just a matter of pulling them in. And what better way to do it than with Pokémon fliers at the Pokémon GO gym???”
Anglin declined to identify the “stormer” behind the fliers by name, nor did he disclose where these fliers have been distributed—saying only that it is in an “American town.” Vocativ could not find any media or law enforcement reports of neo-Nazis handing out the fliers in any city. Nor could experts who monitor people like Anglin and groups like the alt-right. (more...)