Louis Farrakhan Was Finally Banned But The Right Stays Mad

Louis Farrakhan at a press conference in Tehran on February 13, 2016. (Source: WikiMedia Commons)

Facebook announced today that it would remove alt-right sympathizer Milo Yiannopoulos, anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer, Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones, neo-Nazi Paul Nehlen, and the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan from Facebook and Instagram. Each has their own storied history of promoting incendiary rhetoric and harmful conspiracy theories, but prominent voices on the right, which have demanded that Farrakhan be removed from social media to disprove systemic bias against conservatives, flipped over headlines that lumped him in with the far-right figures booted by the platform.

Farrakhan has been utilized as a weapon by right-wing leaders who cite his anti-Semitic remarks and connections to several prominent Democratic leaders to downplay the fact that their movement harbors violent anti-Semites. When the Washington Post wrote about the news with the headline “Facebook bans far-right leaders including Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos for being ‘dangerous,’” instead of celebrating Farrakhan’s deplatforming—something they’ve demanded for months—they sprang into contrived outrage.

The incident is further indication that playing by the rules of the right-wing outrage machine is a losing game, because even when you grant the machine what it demands, it will still find a way to attack you.

Benny Johnson, Turning Point USA chief creative officer, voiced his outrage and shared photos of Farrakhan with prominent Democrats.

Stephen Miller (no, not the White House aide) wrote

Ben Shapiro complained that “Farrakhan isn’t far right.”

So did conservative commentator Katie Pavlich.

Leon Wolf, managing editor of Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, wrote that calling Farrakhan FAR-RIGHT? was “surely a joke.”

Conservative radio host Steve Deace nodded to Covington Catholic High School students’ lawsuit against the Washington Post, writing: “Man, Covington boys can’t sue you fools enough.”

Radio host Larry O’Connor wrote of outlets with headlines like those the Washington Post originally ran, “you really suck.”