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Trump Supporters Have Discovered The DUP And It’s Just The Absolute Worst

Theresa May said she plans to work with the anti-gay and anti-abortion DUP, and America's far-right trolls are thrilled.

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Theresa May, the Conservative prime minister who once said Tories should stop being the "nasty party", announced on Friday that she plans to govern by working with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party following her failure to win a majority in the UK election.

May's statement sparked fury, as the DUP is known for an aggressively socially conservative agenda, and has fiercely opposed LGBT rights, including blocking votes on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, and been stringently against abortion rights – even in the case of rape. Some members have also supported creationism and denied climate change.

News of a possible coalition between DUP and the Conservatives lit up 4chan's /pol/ messageboard Friday morning.

There's about a dozen active threads about DUP currently on 4chan. Most are very small, mainly with one or two users teaching American users about how DUP aligns politically within UK politics.

The largest thread is called "REGARDING THE DUP" and in it British users outline why they believe DUP will help the Conservatives push through a hard Brexit and go after "leftist cucks".

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The image at the top is a Pepe the frog meme mashed up with DUP imagery.

DUP memes exist now and I don't know how to feel about this

The meme is adapted from a notorious and inflammatory photo of the now-deceased former DUP leader Reverand Ian Paisley posing with a hammer marked "smash Sinn Fein", which has also been shared on 4Chan.

The thread is full of information about the DUP explained for Americans who have been following European elections closely over the last few months. This process is commonly referred to as redpilling.

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Most of the conversation on the thread, though, ironically enough, is just people complaining that Labour was able to create a grassroots swell of populism. "It's the left's fault this happened for voting in Labour and being so anti-Brexit," one poster wrote.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, some people have been celebrating the return of "real" conservatives.

@MattDannBrussel @jamesrbuk @WipeHomophobia What if the youth isn't in favor of sodomites and killing babies, though?

@vegapara @jamesrbuk Because liberalism is autocannibalistic. White or brown sharia, choose wisely.

It should noted that 4chan's fascination with DUP hasn't spread beyond 4chan. For now the alt-right on Twitter and Reddit aren't stanning for them just yet.

@jamesrbuk At least one party has still got biblical standards #amen #Godisstillonthethrone #2017Election

Anyways, yeah, so that's a thing...

James Ball is a special correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London. PGP: here

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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