Fake News? Why Is Everyone Going Insane Over Neil Gorsuch and Some Fascist Club?

On Wednesday, "Fascism Forever" started trending on Twitter. Britain's The Daily Mail had reported that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, founded a club by that name in high school. Naturally, this seems to have confirmed everything the Left "knew" about Trump's Supreme Court pick.

"Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the 'Fascism Forever Club' at his elite high school, DailyMail.com can reveal," wrote the British paper's Alana Goodman. "The club was set up to rally against the 'left-wing tendencies' of his professors while attending a Jesuit all-boys preparatory school near Washington D.C."

The salacious story was picked up by The New York Post, U.S. News and World ReportVice News, and Keith Olbermann on Thursday. Each outlet reported that Gorsuch founded and led a pro-fascism club.

But The Daily Mail relied on only one source for this bombshell — Gorsuch's high school yearbook. Yes, his high school yearbook. From the same source, The Daily Mail can exclusively reveal that Sallie Jean had a crush on the future Supreme Court nominee, and that Billy Johnson was not a fan. Sally even signed the yearbook with a heart! How inappropriate.

A close examination of the blurb in question, which includes the damning detail about the "Fascism Forever Club," also reveals that Gorsuch was a "lazy Spanish student," "Believer in The World According to Ward," and "The carousel ride is over." The all-revealing yearbook description also adds, "I am not an alkie; I never wrote a debate case!" Considering the blurb also lists "Forensics 1, 2, 3 (National Champion," it seems exceedingly unlikely Gorsuch never wrote a debate case.

"Earth to newspaper reporters: High-school yearbook editors sometimes have a sophomoric sense of humor," wrote National Review's Ed Whelan.

Whelan also added, "I am reliably informed that no such club ever existed and that there was instead an inside joke among friends in the senior class that parodied political debates happening at the school. A contemporary of Gorsuch's at the school also tells me that yearbook editors added stuff to student blurbs without their permission."

Kyle Blaine, an editor at CNN's K-File, had another suggestion: "Let's all at least consider that a 1980s 'Fascism forever' club was a young conservative's cheeky response to liberals calling Reagan one." Huh. That makes a lot more sense.