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Come on, people.

Supreme Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch didn’t actually found a group in high school called the “Fascism Forever Club.”

The young student was just kidding around, and his claim in his senior yearbook to have created and presided over such a club during his four years at Georgetown Prep was just a gag.

The whole thing was “a total joke,” Steve Ochs, who teaches history at the elite high school, told America Magazine.

“There was no club at a Jesuit school about young fascists,” added Ochs, who served as student government advisor when Gorsuch was a junior and senior. “The students would create fictitious clubs; they would have fictitious activities. They were all inside jokes on their senior pages.”

His remarks Thursday come after a number of journalists and newsrooms passed around a report alleging Gorsuch had started something called the “Fascism Forever Club” when he was in high school.

The Daily Mail first reported on the non-existent club with a story titled, “EXCLUSIVE: Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch founded and led club called ‘Fascism Forever’ against liberal faculty at his elite all-boys DC prep school.”

It snowballed from there as a number of reporters soon shared the story without apparently picking up on the idea that the yearbook bio was a tongue-in-cheek joke.

“If u started a Fascism Forever club, I don’t begrudge you wealth or happiness or even a judgeship. But I don’t think you should be on SCOTUS,” said HuffPost Highline contributor Jason Fagone. “Put another way: Surely there must be many qualified SCOTUS candidates who never started a Fascism Forever club, not once, even as a joke.”

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Jeet Heer, senior editor at Chris Hughes’s New Repbublic, added elsewhere, “Gorsuch’s ‘Fascism Forever Club’ should remind us that alt-right ‘ironic’ Nazism is nothing new.”

“Today in ‘things you can’t make up’: Trump’s SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch founded club called ‘Fascism Forever,'” said Decode’s Miranda Green.

New York Daily News contributor Adam Schrader said, “President @realDonaldTrump nominated a man that started a club called #FascismForeverClub. Bad PR move, @potus.”

The report got entire write-ups in several newsrooms, including U.S. News and World Report, the Root, Heat Street, Boing Boing, the Union-Tribune and Vice.

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But the whole thing was just a joke, and everyone is taking it a bit too seriously, Ochs said Thursday.

“There were some teachers who were ultra-liberal, and he would spar with them in class, like in religion class specifically, I remember, but always in good nature,” the teacher told America Magazine. “It sounds so strange today, when you can’t say boo without people going crazy, but it was all very good natured.

“There were some teachers who really didn’t like Reagan, and this is not appropriate, but they would challenge him and he’d come right back at them. He didn’t have any problem with that,” he added. “He was an unassailably courteous kid, very popular with his class.”

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  • tcementFebruary 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    “There was no club at a Jesuit school about young fascists.”

    Coal to Newcastle, ice to Eskimos, er, Aleuts, eh wot?

    Fascism is not nearly so scary as Jesuit education. Robert Mugabe, case in point.

    Hold your fire.
    Save your ire.
    I don’t check replies.

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