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.

14 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.

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