In an appearance on “crying Nazi” Christopher Cantwell’s radio show Radical Agenda on Sunday, Andrew Anglin reiterated his troubling, long-standing recruitment strategy: indoctrinating kids.
“My site is mainly designed to target children,” Anglin said of his neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer. He told Cantwell, who is in Virginia on house arrest awaiting trial on a felony charge, that the tone and presentation of his website — which relies heavily on memes and tasteless humor — is intended to appeal to children as young as 11.
Anglin said that targeting young, impressionable minds allows him to skip the often lengthy “redpilling process,” a euphemism on the far right for gradually brainwashing people to embrace increasingly radical, hateful ideas.
After Cantwell took a question from a caller claiming to be 14 years old, Anglin celebrated what he took to be evidence of his strategy’s success.
“We have created a movement among the youth that we're not even able gauge the size of…The cool kids are spreading [Daily Stormer content] to their friends and they’re sharing these memes,” he said. “This is waking up and indoctrinating an entire — indoctrinating I guess is a negative word — but bringing an entire generation into this belief system.”
This isn’t the first time Anglin has openly called for the racist alt-right to cull new recruits from the pre-pubescent demographic. Last August, just before the deadly demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, he wrote on the Daily Stormer, “Our target audience is white males between the ages of 10 and 30. I include children as young as ten, because an element of this is that we want to look like superheroes. We want to be something that boys fantasize about being a part of. That is a core element to this.”
After hearing from his adolescent caller, Cantwell told Anglin he sometimes feels guilty when young people call into his show. Anglin did not remotely share this flash of self-awareness.
“Everything that I am encouraging youths to do is good, so I don’t feel any guilt at all. I feel like I’m doing something very good and meaningful,” he said. “When I get emails from teenagers, that’s the most fulfilling part of what I do because I know we’re changing the future by influencing young people, and that’s always been my goal.”