Be careful what you say in your yearbooks, high school seniors. Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch is regretting an inside joke in his.
Britain’s’ Daily Mail tabloid reported that Gorsuch had founded a “Fascism Forever” club at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s.
How did such a tidbit arise?
“The mention of it in the yearbook was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to poke fun at liberal peers who teased him about his fierce conservatism,” Snopes.com reported.
“It was ‘a total joke,’ said Steve Ochs, a history teacher at Georgetown Prep who was the student government advisor during Mr. Gorsuch’s junior and senior years at the Bethesda, Md., school.”
Further: “There was no club at a Jesuit school about young fascists. The students would create fictitious clubs; they would have fictitious activities. They were all inside jokes on their senior pages.”
Not everyone got the memo:
Gorsuch founded a ‘Facism Forever’ club in high school. Pretty sure Trump, Sessions & Bannon would have been members had they known about it
— #NotMyPresident (@France4Hillary) February 2, 2017
Trump Supreme Court nominee, Gorsuch, founder & president of “Fascism Forever” club pic.twitter.com/H9RMAjSCOI
— Mr. Jameson Neat (@MrJamesonNeat) February 2, 2017
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) February 3, 2017
Gorsuch: Let he who has not started a Fascism Forever club in high school cast the first stone!
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) February 2, 2017
Neill Gorsuch was the president of his high school’s Fascism Forever Club. But nah, Bernie couldn’t be President because he’s a “socialist.”
— Trey Duran (@TheTreyDuran) February 2, 2017
This criticism of Neil Gorsuch is unreasonable. Who among us didn’t read William F. Buckley & found a “Fascism Forever” club in HIGH SCHOOL
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) February 2, 2017