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(Opinion) Why Donald Trump’s supporters admire Japan

2017-07-12 10:00:03       source:Japan Times

July 11, 2017

“HIGH ENERGY BASED Japan approved blanked [sic] surveillance over ALL” Muslims!

So reads the celebratory title of a Reddit post linking to an old news article about Japan’s highest court approving surveillance of Muslims. The post is from the The_Donald community on Reddit, the major online gathering place for U.S. President Donald Trump’s supporters. For them, it is a welcoming, “high energy” subculture dense with memes, conspiracy theories, alternative news sources, and celebration of Trump’s intellect and leadership — a never-ending online Trump rally. I have been lurking in the community since the time when a Trump presidency was no more than a wacky thought experiment, but for the uninitiated, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin from the New York Times provides a great introduction.

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