#ImWithKer

#ImWithKer

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Updated Oct 04, 2016 at 01:01PM EDT by Adam.

Added Oct 04, 2016 at 11:42AM EDT by Adam.

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#ImWithKer is a hashtag campaign employed by Twitter users that claims Kermit the Frog as an anti-bigotry, pro-hope symbol of the left in an effort to counter the rise of Pepe as a symbol of alt-right and white nationalist politics. It is a play on a slogan of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton supporters, I'm With Her.

Origin

On October 2nd, 2016, journalist Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo tweeted[1] a plea that America needed to get behind a "canonical pluralism frog to turn back the tide," along with a picture of Kermit the Frog. The tweet, shown below, gained over 1,600 retweets and 3,200 favorites as of October 4th, 2016. Shortly after Marshall's tweet, one of his followers, @BrooklynSpoke,[2] replied with the hashtag, "#ImWithKer."


Josh Marshall Φ @joshtpm 2: Follow I feel like the rest of us need to get behind a canonical pluralism frog to turn back the tide, re- appropriate what's been lost.

Spread

Twitter users began tweeting pro-Kermit sentiments with with #ImWithKer and #TakingBackTheFrog hashtags,[3][4] along with the quote "Kermit Trumps Pepe,"[5] a play on a slogan popular with Hillary Clinton supporters, "Love Trumps Hate." In further tweets, Marshall claimed that Kermit "demonstrated generosity of spirit, perseverance, collegiality and openness to introspection and melancholy that are ingredients of any open, free society," while Pepe "embodies sadism, cruelty, and the lust for domination as touchstone of public life that are the makings of autocracy."[6] #ImWithHer trended on Twitter on October 3rd, 2016.[12]

Shortly after the hashtag's initial spread, alt-right users attempted to raid it in an effort to squash the movement.[7][8] Marshall responded to the attempted raid by suggesting it was he desperate work of people "who know they are about to lose."[9]

Threads about the trend were posted to Reddit in the /r/OutOfTheLoop[10] and /r/MillionDollarExtreme,[11] and the moment was covered by The Daily Dot[13] and Daily Kos.[14]

Various Examples


Follow kenny @kennyjacobs #1mWithKer #1mWithKe Mike Scholtz @MikeScholtz Follow Only one frog soars above the rest as a symbol of hope and possibility. #takingbackthefrog #teamkermit @joshtpm ㄩ George A. Hickman @popmortem Follow #lmwithker #lmWithHer Brian Jay Jones @brianjayjones Follow You'd better believe #lmWithKer. #ImWither forget the bloody kermits there is only pepe NORMIES "JOIN THE FIGHT WITH THE ALT-RIGHT ENLIST AND RED PILL YOURSELF TODAY! Deplorable Joe @joey6969x Follow Guided by Saint Pepe, we will #MAGA. Kermit only has Statler & Waldorf - all talk, no action #ImWithKer #FreePepe

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