After the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand, far-left groups had a field day in attacking anyone on the right that they could smear with an association, but one group has found a hilarious way to strike back.
Among the hardest-hit victims of the leftist smear campaigns was the Austrian group Generation Identity (GI), one of the leading voices educating Europeans about the Great Replacement. Liberty Nation has covered them earlier through their Defend Europe campaign in the Mediterranean, where they worked to stop human trafficking to Europe, assisted by NGOs (the European equivalent of non-profit organizations).
They are not radical, extreme, hateful, or violent, but espouse views on culture that are common throughout the world and that also dominated Europe a few generations ago.
They did, however, receive a one-time donation from the Christchurch murderer a year earlier. Consequently, the police raided the home of the leader of GI, Martin Sellner, and confiscated his computers to check if there was any connection beyond the donation. In the end, the police found nothing because there was nothing to find. GI rejects terrorism and violence of any kind.
Given that the shooter indeed did provide a donation, the police would be negligent if they didn’t follow up on the lead. Their actions were warranted. The problem is that the Antifa-related group Hope Not Hate reported Sellner as “linked” to the murderer, and establishment media picked up on this and promoted the narrative.
Sellner found a brilliant countermove: He donated money to Hope Not Hate! In this way, Antifa was now “linked” to someone who was “linked” to the Christchurch shooter.
He also donated to SPÖ, the governing party in Austria which had threatened to ban Generation Identity. The center-right party was now indirectly “linked” to the Christchurch shooter.
If Hope not Hate or SPÖ were to be confronted with this “link,” they would have to explain that they have nothing in common with Generation Identity and that Martin Sellner openly admits that he did it to troll the left. But that is also what the Christchurch shooter did: In his manifesto, he openly admitted that he was deliberately trying to associate the right with his murder spree in order to manipulate the left into oppressing the right to such a degree that it would cause an uprising.
Thus, Sellner can defend himself by saying that if Hope Not Hate should not be associated with someone just because they received a donation, why should a different standard apply to GI? In a sense, he is employing a version of the ancient Christian principle: He who is without sinful donations shall cast the first stone.
The technique can be adopted and generalized by others who wish to protect themselves against the hateful wrath of the far left: If you are unfairly smeared for being deplorable, make a small donation to Antifa or, say, the presidential campaign of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and profess it proudly.