The Daily Mail is reporting that SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch formed a "Fascism Forever" Club in prep school. In the article:

Gorsuch founded the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ during his freshman year at Georgetown Preparatory, a now-$30,000-a-year private Jesuit school that is one of the most selective in the United States.

He served as president until he graduated in 1985, according to his senior yearbook.

Is this true?

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    -1: The guy is 49, with a long career in the public eye and writing articles and books about his views. Who cares what he was thinking when he was aged 14-18? – Oddthinking Feb 2 '17 at 23:19
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    @oddthinking I would think that the evolution of someone's political and activist views when they are about to be a SCOTUS justice for life is a pretty worthwhile thing to look into. – rougon Feb 2 '17 at 23:24
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    @Oddthinking Hmm... Part of me agrees with you, but, on the other hand, when there's a source as widely-read as Daily Mail at least implying that a nominee for Supreme Court of the United States was literally a fascist, I tend to think that's probably worth debunking. – reirab Feb 3 '17 at 6:38
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    @reirab: The real question is he a fascist now, but that is largely a meaninglesss question. This is a terrible proxy question. – Oddthinking Feb 3 '17 at 9:20
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    @RemarkLima Do you have any indication the Daily Mail considers this to be a bad thing? – gerrit Feb 3 '17 at 11:07

No he didn't, he wrote that in his yearbook, but the club never existed.

The Daily Mail's report is based on Gorsuch's year book which says he was the founder and president of the Fascism Forever Club

Fascism Forever Club(Founder and President) http://www.snopes.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/fascism-forever-club.jpg

However, as Snopes have checked and reported such a club never existed in Georgetown Prep:

We contacted Georgetown Preparatory School to verify whether a "Fascism Forever" club operated in or around that school in 1985, and director of communications Patrick Coyle told us that “no such club ever existed" there.

It could be the case that the yearbook entry was merely a joke that referenced a non-existent "Fascism Forever" club, or that such a club existed but was an informal and unofficial one not sanctioned by the school, but we've found no evidence documenting either of those possibilities yet either.

America, The Jesuit Review1 gives more details and testimony that this was a joke aimed at Gorsuch's disagreement with the liberal views of the school staff.

Mr. Gorsuch [...] participated in the informal debates, where he was routinely teased, accused of being “a conservative fascist.” No shrinking violet, he would shoot back, taking on the liberal ethos of the school and even arguing with religion teachers about the liberal theological trends in vogue at the time.


When it came time to write his senior biography for the yearbook, he would make light of the divide between his conservative political beliefs and those of the more liberal faculty and students.

He wrote that he founded and led the “Fascism Forever Club,” though those with knowledge of the school back in the 1980s say there was no such club. 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.

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.

“There was no club at a Jesuit school about young fascists,” he told America [The Jesuit Review]. “The students would create fictitious clubs; they would have fictitious activities. They were all inside jokes on their senior pages.”

1 - Georgetown Preparatory School is a Jesuit school.


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