One of the best social media exchanges I’ve seen in quite a while took place earlier this evening between white nationalist “it” boy Richard Spencer, and Jason Kander, the former Secretary of State of Missouri.
As best as I can figure it, it all started with an online dustup between Spencer and Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall, who, over the course of the several posts on Twitter, went after the leader of the so-called alt-right, calling him everything from a Nazi punk to a sad douche… Well, when Marshall wrote, “Take your trash philosophy back to the 1930s, chump,” Spencer responded as any good, young Nazi would… with a reference to the musical Cabaret.
And this post of Spencer’s, in turn, brought on the following response from Jason Kander, the great-nephew of John Kander, the composer of Cabaret, which I thought was absolutely beautiful.
Yeah, I know there’s probably other stuff that I should be writing about tonight, but there’s something about Nazis quoting show tunes, and then getting thoroughly humiliated, that I find hard to resist. [Spencer, I imagine, is still trying to think of a response.]