What’s the etiquette for wearing ironic fash bling to a memorial service for people killed by the fash?

Dear Abby,

I was going to pay my respects to the innocent dead murdered by a terrorist who praised Donald Trump and made various fascist dogwhistles to online fascists. Is it cool if I wear my red MAGA hat and smirk a bit? Or will it make me look like an insensitive, arrogant ass?

P.S. I’m a Canadian in Canada. Trump2020! 14/88!

Jeez, these boys are dumb.


  1. jstackpo says

    Help! I lack the historical / geographical / chronological / &c ? reference point(s):
    What does “14/88” signify?

  2. FossilFishy (NOBODY, and proud of it!) says

    The 14 refers to a 14 word thing Hitler said, something about securing the future for white children. 88 is for the 8th letter of the alphabet. HH= Heil Hitler.

  3. gijoel says

    @1 14 refers to the fourteen words “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,”. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, hence 88 refers to Heil Hitler

  4. Ichthyic says

    yup, could just be an utter asshole doing it for the lulz.

    but being a dumbass on top of being an asshole is also a distinct possibility. the two are not mutually exclusive.

  5. Dunc says

    FossilFishy, @ #3: Not Hitler – white supremacist, neo-Nazi, terrorist shithead (but I repeat myself) David Lane. Whilst serving a 190-year sentence in federal prison.

  6. ragarth says

    That kid is going to claim that he’s just there for the lulz, that he’s just trolling and not actually a bigot. I would argue that this modern brand of trolling is just evidence of bigotry. Let’s look at the numbers.

    To be a bigot is to see some class of people as inferior to another class for specious reasons. If you use racist language or racist symbology to get a rise out of a group of people, you are essentially saying that you are superior to them because they are angered by this language or these symbols. This sense of superiority enables the troll to see the target class as… well targets, not people. To see someone as a target instead of a person, you are literally dehumanizing that person.

    So if you see yourself as superior (perceived thicker skin) than another class of people, and are willing to dehumanize them to achieve a goal of exposing this, then you are a bigot.

  7. anat says

    Fashion tip: If it is inappropriate to wear SS uniforms or KKK robes to the event it is also inappropriate to wear MAGA hats.

    If you attend events where such attire is appropriate I can’t help you.

  8. Saad says

    Giliell, #10

    There’s going to be 1.000.00 open eds on how the poor boy was mistreated…

    What I was about to post. And they won’t just be from right-wing people either.

  9. says

    Yeah, that happens if you do not take your eggs* with you. Always be prepared to pelt some fool.

    *Replace with your favorite throwing object. Preferably something that stains.

  10. twarren1111 says

    There was a study recently published that looked at the incidence of hate crimes in counties that Trump held rallies in. They did a good job of trying to control bias. The results showed a greater than 200% incidence in hate crimes after his rallies. Of course a study like this is really only valid for hypothesis generation but boy it sure suggests a causation rather than a correlation. Especially when compared to the first study published in PNAS as to why people voted for Trump.


  11. twarren1111 says

    I watched the clip. I was surprised he ‘gave up’ so fast. He’s young. So I’m intuiting he’s a newbie racist. And that then made me think about those two recent reports. So sad.

    George Conway is correct. Trump is NPD. AKA a psychopath. Once you understand what that means you can’t unsee it. To wit: how Elizabeth Holmes did her thing with Theranos.


    Personally, I limit my vilification to cats (which are the only conclusive evidence for Satan). Long live dogs and spiders!