The inventor of Godwin’s Law says it’s fine to call Charlottesville rioters Nazis

Turns out doing Hitler salutes, flying swastika flags and hating other races will do it.

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Good news from the bad lands of the internet. It is now officially online-okay to compare the white supremacists rioting at Charlottesville to Nazis.

Mike Godwin, the American lawyer and author who came up with the (only slightly tongue in cheek) law that online arguments inevitably, and often unneccessarily, result in a comparison to Hitler, says so himself:

“By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis,” he tweeted. “Again and again. I’m with you.”

So now anyone crying “Godwin’s Law” in defence of the “alt-right” has been put right by the man himself.

I'm a mole, innit.