In the end, the Nazis did what they do best: stubbornly walk towards their own downfall, raising nearly $12,000 for Exit while making absolute fools of themselves.
And this is far from the only time that people tired of Nazis marching through their town have come up with a similar plan. In August 2017, the Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco began a GoFundMe campaign called "Adopt a Nazi," where backers could donate money based on the number of people who attended the white supremacist "Freedom Rally" in the city. They wound up raising more than $134,000 for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
But it doesn't take an entire rally full of thick-necked polo-shirted bigots to make a difference -- it sometimes only takes one Nazi to make the world a better place. In January, Kal Penn (of Harold And Kumar and White House fame) received a tweet from some racist nerd telling him to go back to his own country -- where he already was. To cleanse this troll's soul, Penn responded by setting up a fundraising page in support of Syrian refugees under his name, and in under 24 hours, Penn's donation drive earned over $250,000 for the nonprofit International Rescue Committee.
It's getting closer to a million dollars every day, all thanks to some coward who told a celebrated American actor and writer he didn't belong because he didn't have a proper-sounding American name, like Jebediah or Aloysius.
In fact, we should thank trolls everywhere for raising awareness of their existence. Nothing better reminds people that the world needs all the help it can get.