Texas Hucksters Hired for Trumpkin-Style Ad Campaign for Rightwing German Party


Trump loves parades – with or without torches

❝ Angela Merkel as a terrorist — that’s the motif that the Alternative for Germany party has chosen to launch the internet portion of its campaign leading up to national parliamentary elections on Sept. 24. The right-wing populists plan to spend a large part of their 3-million-euro budget on similar publicity offenses. The party is planning a digital campaign that may well be more drastic and aggressive than anything German voters have ever seen…

❝ To assist in its efforts, the party has…engaged the services of advertising professionals in the United States with experience on the right-wing spectrum. The party is working together with the Texas-based agency Harris Media, which recently presented its plans to the AfD’s national committee. With its provocative and aggressive campaigns, the agency has already contributed to the success of a number of controversial politicians. In Britain, it worked with the anti-EU UKIP party; in Israel, it worked with the governing Likud party; and in the United States, news agency Bloomberg has dubbed company founder Vincent Harris “the man who invented the Republican internet.”…

❝ Harris, a Christian conservative, married and still under 30, recently made a personal visit to AfD headquarters in Berlin to monitor progress on the German project, party officials report. Harris founded his agency in 2008 in his college dorm room. A short time later, he led the online arm of the campaign for Ted Cruz, at the time a relatively unknown Republican from Texas who hoped to ride Tea Party backing to a seat in the Senate.

With Harris’ help, Cruz saw the number of his internet supporters skyrocket, he established contact with influential bloggers and ultimately won the election. The Republicans have become regular customers of Harris’ ever since…

❝ To place advertisements on Google or Facebook, AfD now no longer has to go through the German subsidiaries of the internet giants. Here in Germany, the party has recently been facing a lot of resistance from those offices when it tries to buy ads. Now the team at Harris Media just places quick calls to the companies’ headquarters in Silicon Valley, sources say, where the agency is very well networked as a result of its many successful political campaigns for the Republicans. AfD’s orders are then simply put through to Germany from the United States.

Make America Great at everything the Germans used to do so well, eh? Germany for Germans is a slogan the AfD has felt reminded too many of Hitler’s rise to power. Harris appears to be working as hard as possible to change that “carefulness”. After all, Trump doesn’t worry about such comparisons.

29 thoughts on “Texas Hucksters Hired for Trumpkin-Style Ad Campaign for Rightwing German Party

  1. 2+2=5 says:

    “The interesting thing about the New Albion [publicity company] was that it was so completely modern in spirit. There was hardly a soul in the firm who was not perfectly well aware that publicity – advertising – is the dirtiest ramp that capitalism has yet produced. In the red lead firm there had still lingered certain notions of commercial honour and usefulness. But such things would have been laughed at in the New Albion. Most of the employees were the hard-boiled, Americanized, go-getting type to whom nothing in the world is sacred, except money. They had their cynical code worked out. The public are swine; advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket. And yet beneath their cynicism there was the final naivete, the blind worship of the money-god.” George Orwell, “Keep the Aspidistra Flying” (1936) https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/o/orwell/george/o79k/chapter3.html

        • HAIL VICTORY! says:

          “The NSDAP secures the Volks-Community”
          “Berlin hit by a political ‘earthquake’ after Bavarian election shakes major parties” (CNBC Oct 15, 2018)https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/15/berlin-hit-by-a-political-earthquake-after-bavarian-election-shakes-major-parties.html “Angela Merkel’s coalition government in Berlin looks more fragile than ever after voters in the state of Bavaria roundly rejected the chancellor’s allied parties at a regional election this weekend. The result was likened to a “political earthquake” and “landslide” by experts.
          The Christian Social Union (CSU), Merkel’s Bavarian sister party, saw its worst election result since 1950 on Sunday and lost its long-held majority, while the Green party and far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party saw their vote share increase.
          …The AfD won 10.3 percent of the vote putting it in fourth place but marking a stark rise for the anti-immigration, euroskeptic party that didn’t even participate in the last Bavarian state election.”

  2. Footnote says:

    “The cathedral of light or Lichtdom was a main aesthetic feature of the Nazi Party rallies in Nuremberg starting in 1933. Designed by architect Albert Speer, it consisted of 152 anti-aircraft searchlights, at intervals of 12 meters, aimed skyward to create a series of vertical bars surrounding the audience.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_light
    See also a firsthand “account of the Der Schwur unter dem Lichtdom (The Oath Under the Cathedral of Light) from the 1936 Nuremberg Rally as presented in the book Der Parteitag der Ehre vom 8. bis 14. September 1936 (The Party Rally of Honor). https://diewahrheitistwieeingewitter.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/der-schwur-unter-dem-lichtdom-the-oath-under-the-cathedral-of-light-nurnberg-reichsparteitages-1936/
    The cathedral of light is briefly documented in the Nazi Propaganda film “Festliches Nürnberg” (Festive Nurnberg), released in 1937. It was filmed in color but apparently only a B&W version is available. In HD @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxvFc3kN_6w&index=102&list=LLtOIL1a-XG5lpW6LwJ4bRoA

  3. Past is Prologue says:

    “Anti-Mass Migration Alternative for Germany Now Most Popular Party in East Germany” (Breitbart 9/7/18) https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/09/08/anti-mass-migration-alternative-for-germany-now-most-popular-party-in-east-germany/
    “Is Alternative for Germany becoming too extreme?” (The Local Germany 9/5/18) https://www.thelocal.de/20180905/in-depth-is-alternative-for-germany-becoming-too-extreme
    “German spy chief contradicts Merkel over Chemnitz clashes : Hans-Georg Maaßen criticised for voicing scepticism over reports of far-right violence” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/07/spy-chief-questions-merkel-claims-over-chemnitz-clashes “…Katja Kipping, the leader of the far-left Die Linke party, said Maaßen was unfit to remain in office, having turned from being a “defender of the constitution” to being a “sympathiser of the AfD,” referring to the anti-immigrant Alternative für Deutschland party.
    It was reported earlier this week that Maaßen, who has been in his role for six years, had met high-level AfD members several times, including allegedly to give them tips on how to avoid being put under surveillance by the BfV. The interior ministry has described the meetings as “against normal practice”, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The BfV responded by saying it held meetings with all political parties.
    Maaßen, whose post is non-partisan, surprised commentators with his outspoken remarks.”

  4. Cassandra says:

    “How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the Country : Founded only five years ago, the Alternative for Germany has grown from a marginal party to a game-changer in federal and state politics — and become ever more radical. Is it a testament to the strength of German democracy, or a threat to it?” (DER SPIEGEL 9/27/18) http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/how-the-alternative-for-germany-has-transformed-the-country-a-1227360.html
    “In January, Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt published a book titled, “How Democracies Die”. In it, they write that in the decades since the end of the Cold War, liberal systems haven’t been overthrown through force and military coups alone. More than anything else, democracy has been undermined non-violently through the election of anti-democratic politicians. [see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Democracies_Die ]
    The book was written in light of Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S., but Germany, too, seems to be on the verge of a turning point. By the end of this year, the AfD is likely to hold seats in every state legislature in Germany. And it has already put forward one of its own — a conspiracy theorist who predicts the imminent collapse of the euro — to chair the budget committee in the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, which oversees annual government spending of 350 billion euros ($411 billion).”

  5. Déjà Vu says:

    German police on Monday arrested six men on suspicion of belonging to a far-right “terrorist” group that attacked foreigners in the city of Chemnitz. https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/German-Police-Arrests-6-Alleged-Members-of-Far-right-Terrorist-Ring-20181001-0008.html Citing intercepted chats and telephone calls, Munich-based daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported that the men “wanted to achieve more than the National Socialist Underground” or NSU, a neo-Nazi extremist group uncovered in 2011 that murdered 10 people and planted three bombs. As well as politicians, the group wanted to attack journalists, who they referred to as “the media dictatorship and its slaves,” the newspaper added.
    The arrests once again cast an uncomfortable spotlight on extremism in Saxony state, where Chemnitz is located and which is a stronghold of the far-right party AfD [Alternative for Germany]

  6. Endlösung says:

    Growing Anti-Semitism in Germany ‘We Are Facing a Monster’ http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/charlotte-knobloch-about-anti-semitism-in-germany-we-are-facing-a-monster-a-1231782.html In a DER SPIEGEL interview, Charlotte Knobloch, 85, speaks of the fears Jews in Germany have of growing right-wing populism in the country. The former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany is also sharply critical of U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell.
    “…For the first time, a party has made it into national parliament whose program can be summarized with the words: Jews Out.
    DER SPIEGEL: You are referring to the AfD.
    Knobloch: I don’t actually want to even say their name. “Alternative for Germany,” what impudence. But yes, I am referring to the AfD.”

  7. Gleichschaltung says:

    “Hitler ‘forced’ to invade Poland, AfD youth leader claims” (Deutsche Welle 10/5/18) https://www.dw.com/en/hitler-forced-to-invade-poland-afd-youth-leader-claims/a-45774237 “The youth wing of Germany’s far-right AfD likes to portray itself as a respectable, conservative outfit. But in reality, lines between the AfD and openly right-wing extremist groups are becoming increasingly blurred.”
    See also Alternative for Germany (AfD): What you need to know about Germany’s far-right party https://www.dw.com/en/afd-what-you-need-to-know-about-germanys-far-right-party/a-37208199

  8. Der Spiegel says:

    “A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD : All eyes are on the AfD’s finances following reports of large donations from Switzerland and Holland. Now, reporting has revealed that the right-wing party has enjoyed big-money support from the very beginning.”

  9. Volksverhetzung says:

    Lawmakers from the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) walked out of the Bavarian parliament on Wednesday after a Jewish community leader accused the party during a speech to commemorate the Holocaust of playing down Nazi crimes. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-afd/afd-lawmakers-walk-out-on-holocaust-survivors-speech-in-bavaria-idUSKCN1PH2BM Two years ago, Bjoern Hoecke, the AfD’s leader in the eastern state of Thuringia, triggered anger after he told supporters that Berlin’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust was a “memorial of shame” and that history books should be rewritten to focus more on German victims.

  10. Positioning says:

    April 12, 2019: “Documents Link AfD Parliamentarian To Moscow : Russian government emails show evidence of how Moscow is seeking to exploit the Alternative for Germany party in its propaganda war. The right-wing populists appear to be voluntary accomplices — and a member of the federal parliament is at the center of the scandal.” https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/documents-link-afd-parliamentarian-to-moscow-a-1261509.html “Reporting conducted jointly by DER SPIEGEL, German public broadcaster ZDF, the BBC and the Italian newspaper La Repubblica has uncovered how Moscow is weakening Western European democracies and trying to enlist right-wing parties to help it do that. The leaked emails and documents provide telling insights on how these kinds of strategies for attaining influence in the West emerge, how these parties came into Putin’s political sphere of influence and which instruments are being used to carry out the plans.
    The Dossier Centre in London provided a large part of the material, along with its own research. The research center is financed by Russian businessman and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovski. DER SPIEGEL and its partners have analyzed the materials both in terms of content and technologically and have deemed them to be authentic.
    The material is comprised of several bundles of different origins, but they contain documents that complement and correspond with each other in ways we believe confirm their authenticity.
    Central documents were translated with the help of certified translators. Intelligence services also deem them to be plausible. The form and construction of some documents also resemble other documents intercepted by intelligence experts.”
    Part 2: ‘Controlled Chaos’ https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/documents-link-afd-parliamentarian-to-moscow-a-1261509-2.html

  11. Häää? says:

    The European Right Takes a Hit in Austria : Austria’s nationalist vice chancellor won’t be the only victim of an Ibiza sting operation against him. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-05-18/european-right-takes-a-hit-in-austria “…Strache was also close to the leaders of Germany’s nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. When the Ibiza story broke on Friday, they didn’t immediately realize what was happening. Christian Lueth, press spokesman for the AfD’s parliament faction, tweeted that this was a “pseudo-scandal” created by “pitiful” Der Spiegel; he has since deleted the tweet. Making common cause with someone like Strache is toxic even for the AfD now.”
    “The Strache Recordings – The whole Story” (DER SPIEGEL May 18th, 2019) https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/strache-caught-on-camera-in-ibiza-secret-recordings-a-1267959.html

  12. HAIL VICTORY says:

    Germany’s far-right makes big gains in state elections https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/02/europe/saxony-brandenburg-germany-state-election-results-grm-intl/index.html
    A far-right party scored its strongest-ever results in two key state elections in eastern Germany on Sunday, finishing second behind the country’s major parties on the same day that Europe marked the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland.
    The anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party finished second in Saxony to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), and second in Brandenburg to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).
    The results represent a blow to Merkel’s ruling coalition with the SPD, and will be viewed as a victory for the AfD, which took 27.5% of votes in Saxony and 23.5% in Brandenburg — a significant increase on state elections five years ago, with the party almost tripling its share in Saxony and doubling it in Brandenburg.

  13. Billy Pilgrim says:

    The German city of Dresden has declared a “Nazi emergency” after years of “right-wing extremist, racist” activity in the city, a local councilor says.
    Dresden city councilors this week passed a resolution warning that the far-right was growing in strength in the eastern German city.
    “The word ‘Nazinotstand’ is an exaggerated formulation for the fact that there is a serious problem — similar to the climate emergency — with right-wing extremism right up to the middle of society,” Max Aschenbach, councilor for the satirist Die Partei (The Party), told CNN.
    Aschenbach, who tabled the motion, told CNN the move was symbolic and would have no legal consequences, but that it served to highlight the threat posed by the far right in Dresden.
    Dresden is where the the PEGIDA movement (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) first emerged in 2013, and regular rallies are still held in the city.
    Anti-immigrant sentiment runs high in the state of Saxony, of which Dresden is the capital: The Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) won 27.5% of the vote in this year’s state election.
    The AfD became the first far-right party to enter Germany’s national parliament in almost 60 years when it came in third place overall in federal elections in 2017.
    Aschenbach said his resolution, which was put forward to show commitment to a “democratic, open, pluralistic society,” was put to a vote by Dresden’s city council on Wednesday, and passed by 39 votes to 29. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/02/europe/nazi-emergency-dresden-grm-intl/index.html
    The city council’s decision is officially entitled “Nazinotstand? – Declaration of Principles to Counteract Anti-Democratic, Anti-Pluralist, Anti-Humanistic and Right-Wing Extremist Developments in the Dresden City Society – Strengthening Civil Society”. According to the proposal for a resolution, he should be valid for the entire term of office from 2019 to 2024. https://www.br.de/nachrichten/deutschland-welt/nazinotstand-dresden-fasst-beschluss-gegen-rechtsextremismus,RgaXyqG

  14. Achtung y'all says:

    “AfD Campaign Finance Trouble A Right-Wing Populist Slush Fund Exposed” (Der Spiegel online 11/29/19) https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/der-spiegel-exposes-murky-afd-slush-fund-a-1298952.html “The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany is already embroiled in a campaign donation scandal. But documents obtained by DER SPIEGEL show that more trouble could be on the horizon due to a murky slush fund used in the party’s early days.”
    See also “The AfD’s Ongoing Slide toward Right-Wing Extremism” (8/12/19) https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-populist-afd-party-continues-slide-to-extremism-a-1286286.html “In recent state elections, the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany won almost a quarter of the votes. It was primarily radical candidates from the right-wing fringe who emerged triumphant. The party is continuing its slide into extremism.”

    Alternative für Deutschland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_for_Germany

  15. Obsta principiis says:

    A long-standing member of the far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) political party has been sacked amid reports of his inflammatory comments in which he allegedly said refugees and migrants could be “gassed”.
    Christian Lueth, who has been with the AfD since the early days of its inception in 2013, was already suspended from his post as parliamentary spokesman after declaring himself a fascist [and bragging about the “Aryan lineage” of his grandfather] in April.
    The AfD, which has peddled itself on anti-immigrant, nationalist agenda and is currently the largest opposition party in the German parliament, was quick to distance itself from the comments. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/9/29/afd-sacks-official-who-reportedly-said-refugees-could-be-gassed
    “Right-Wing German Politician Fired After Suggesting Immigrants Be Shot or Taken to Gas Chambers” https://www.newsweek.com/right-wing-german-politician-fired-after-suggesting-immigrants-shot-taken-gas-chambers-1534942 (includes video “What is Germany’s AFD?”)
    “AfD: What you need to know about Germany’s far-right party” https://www.dw.com/en/afd-what-you-need-to-know-about-germanys-far-right-party/a-37208199
    The AfD is not only the largest opposition party in the Bundestag, it has managed to get into the European parliament and all the state parliaments – it is often accused of pursuing a strategy whereby one of the “far-right” members breaks a social taboo with an outlandish, offensive statement only for a “moderate” member to qualify his or her colleague’s remarks.

  16. Santayana says:

    Germany bans far-right, pro-Nazi group; Police raid homes https://apnews.com/article/international-news-horst-seehofer-germany-2129b08825bbc2a60d23059a4f36ee28
    The homes of 11 members of the far-right group Wolfsbrigade 44 were searched in Hesse, Mecklenburg West-Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia to confiscate the group’s funds and far-right propaganda material, the German news agency dpa reported.
    Police also seized Nazi devotional objects such as swastikas and flags during their Tuesday morning raids.
    Earlier this year, the German government banned other far-right groups including the Combat 18 and the Nordadler, dpa reported.

    “Whoever fights against the basic values of our free society will get to feel the resolute reaction of our government,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. “There’s no place in this country for an association that sows hatred and and works on the resurrection of a Nazi state.”

    See also “Germany charges 12 in far-right ‘terror’ plot: reports : The suspects are accused of planning attacks on politicians, asylum-seekers and Muslims, according to sources. Authorities have warned that far-right extremism poses a growing threat in Germany. (Deutsche Welle 11/12/20) https://www.dw.com/en/germany-charges-12-in-far-right-terror-plot-reports/a-55574323

  17. Update says:

    Germany elections: In Saxony, the far-right AfD wields power : Hundreds flock to Görlitz town square to hear party leaders rail against the political elite, migrants and COVID vaccines. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/24/germany-elections-in-saxony-the-far-right-afd-still-has-appeal
    Germany’s domestic intelligence agency put the party under observation in March due to suspicions it was engaged in right-wing “extremism”, local media reported.

  18. Bulle says:

    BERLIN (AP) — German officials say they expect more people to be detained in connection with an alleged far-right plan to topple the government that saw 25 people rounded up Wednesday, including a self-styled prince, a retired paratrooper and a judge.
    The plot was allegedly hatched by people linked to the so-called Reich Citizens movement, which rejects Germany’s postwar constitution and the legitimacy of the government.
    Georg Meier, the top security official in Thuringia state, told public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Thursday that he expects a second wave of people being detained as authorities review evidence.
    Meier accused the far-right Alternative for Germany party of fueling conspiracy theories like those that allegedly motivated the plotters detained across the country this week.
    Those held include a former Alternative for Germany lawmaker, Birgit Malsack-Winkemann, who is also a Berlin judge. The party condemned the alleged coup plans.
    The head of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police, Holger Muench, said officers searched about 150 locations across the country. At about 50 locations they found weapons, he told public broadcaster ZDF late Wednesday, without elaborating.
    To implement their plans the group’s members were prepared to use the use of military means and violence against state representatives as well as violence. According to the investigators, the members of the group “followed a conglomerate of conspiracy myths consisting of narratives of the so-called ‘Reichsbürger’ as well as QAnon ideology.” The prosecutors added that the group’s adherents believe Germany is ruled by a so-called “deep state,” similar to baseless claims about the United States that were made by former President Donald Trump.
    Germany is highly sensitive to far-right extremism because of its Nazi past and repeated acts of violence carried out by neo-Nazis in recent years, including the killing of a regional politician and the deadly attack on a synagogue in 2019.
    Two years ago, far-right extremists taking part in a protest against the country’s pandemic restrictions tried and failed to storm the Bundestag building in Berlin. https://apnews.com/article/germany-government-26412c360540a994a289850a1a5f9048

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