Trolling is a common form of white nationalist humor. “Trolling” refers to using online interactions to provoke anger and then ridicule it. For example, a “troll” might post an overtly racist or anti-Semitic comment online, and when someone posts an outraged response, reply, “Lol. I love it when I make dumb SJWs waste their time!” (SJW means “social justice warrior,” a term used to deride liberals). Getting a rise out of people in this way is done “for the lulz” (a play on “lol,” “laugh out loud”). It’s intentionally unclear whether the statement is serious or is said to make the person who objects seem foolish for taking it seriously. Generally, the answer is: both.
Irony and in-jokes
Irony, humor that works on multiple levels, often saying the opposite of what it means, is a core element of most white nationalist edgy humor. Sarcasm is a form of irony, as the negative use of “social justice” in “SJW” suggests. Irony is a perfect form for in-jokes because outsiders who don’t know the “code” will misinterpret its meaning and intent. It is the most common form of Alt-Right humor.
For example, members of the Alt-Right often refer to themselves as “goyim,” a traditional Jewish term for non-Jews, usually with a negative connotation. The Alt-Right spins the connotation in the other direction, using the term as a defiant expression of anti-Semitism.