Right-wing actors have little of substance to contribute to the coronavirus crisis. The previous recipe of provocation, agitation, and populism is not very successful in times of COVID-19. However, Alternative für Deutschland (“Alternative for Germany”, AfD) and the like, insist on one thing: agitation against Muslims. Muslims’ fasting month, Ramadan, begins today, but the propaganda machine has been running for weeks.
Conspiracy theories often go hand-in-hand with hate speech against marginalised groups, as we have covered many times in the Get The Trolls Out! project. The most recent example of this is David Icke, who has become well-known in the mainstream in recent weeks by utilizing the COVID-19 pandemic to spread disinformation; however, antisemitism has been at the core of Icke’s work for a very long time.