Where Did The Phrase 'Firebomb A Walmart' Originate, And Why Is It So Divisive Online In Internet Leftist Communities?

Where Did The Phrase 'Firebomb A Walmart' Originate, And Why Is It So Divisive Online In Internet Leftist Communities?

Internet users often joke about how no one argues with leftists more than other leftists, and Firebomb a Walmart is a prime example of this phenomenon. The phrase is part of a longer quote that mocks vocal leftists who often advocate for violence that they never personally intend to participate in while turning their noses up at "liberal" ideas like voting for a candidate they don't fully support.


@LinkOfSunshine's post is oft quoted online, but it also has its detractors. Some people think that the viral post has set back leftist discourse by decades, while an entirely different sect of people find humor in what they think is inane, inconsequential, and chronically online infighting. Here's a recap of the drama.

Where Did The Catchphrase 'Firebomb A Walmart' Come From?

Back in November 2023, X (formerly Twitter) user @arcanecovet replied to a tweet asking for recommendations on achieving a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict with a meme of an American eagle labeled "Bad Government? Vote Them Out KILL THEM."

The dramatic and violent solution posted by @arcanecovet drew the ire of X user @LinkofSunshine, who wrote, "People on twitter will really be like 'you believe in voting? that pales in effectiveness to my strategy, firebombing a Walmart' and then not firebomb a Walmart." The post went semi-viral in online leftist communities, and even had it's visibility limited for a short time after being mass reported for "hateful conduct."

Basil ☀❤❤ @LinkofSunshine People on twitter will really be like "you believe in voting? that pales in effectiveness to my strategy, firebombing a Walmart" and then not firebomb a Walmart *tink* (fun police) @arcanecovet - Nov 1, 2023 x.com/LexiAlex/statu….. BAD GOVERNMENT? NO KILL THEMOT! 4:27 PM - Nov 3, 2023 -1.5M Views 191 2.9K 25K 1.7K


How Did The Phrase 'Firebomb A Walmart' Spread Online?

The catchphrase gained traction on X / Twitter in late 2023, with pro-Israeli and anti-leftist users using the catchphrase to mock self-professed leftists and anarchists who advocate for politically motivated riots and violence without participating in it.

Tumblr user @hivemind made a direct reference to the phrase "firebomb a Walmart" in a post from late December, while economist Matt Darling of the think tank Niskanen Center tweeted a version of the catchphrase, replacing "voting" with "anti-malaria nets."

hiveswap: hiveswap: listen i am not american. i understand that even democrats f------ suck and its a genuinely s----- situation to be in. im so sorry. but hey, hey look at me. why are you guys bullying people for saying "you should still vote blue?" Like im curious about the alternatives youve got. voting red? firebombing walmart? tumblr user catboyssepticbutthole, i know you will not be firebombing walmart. you guys are falling into the "the revolution will fix everything" mindset and then not even occupying tv buildings or organising the coup or anything. youre just posting. Don't encourage being complacent under the guise of encouraging revolution There's so many people in the notes saying "you can firebomb walmart AND vote :)" let me reiterate, none of us on this f------ website are gonna firebomb a walmart tl 5 months ago, 39,787 notes Matt Darling r @besttrousers Follow People on twitter will really be like "you believe in distributing anti-malaria nets? that pales in effectiveness to my strategy, firebombing a Walmart" and then not firebomb a Walmart • 6:29 PM Jan 21, 2024 131.2K Views


Why Do People Criticize The 'Firebomb A Walmart' Post?

Many left-wing users on Twitter / X criticized the catchphrase as it garnered virality in 2024, including X user @muke10101. The user responded to the catchphrase by claiming the logic stops working "the moment you replace 'firebomb a walmart' with 'burn down a police station,'" a reference to the BLM protests of 2020.

In April 2024, X user @JihadalHaqq criticized the catchphrase by referencing a Martin Luther King Jr. quote claiming that "…the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride to freedom is… the white moderate…," while Twitter comic artist Haus of Decline called the post, "one of the dumbest tweets that has ever been made."

جهاد الحق Jihad al-Haqq @JihadalHaqq whenever I see that stupid "firebomb a Walmart tweet" I think of this " I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the N----'s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the N---- to wait for a "more convenient season. Martin Luther King Jr. 8:54 PM Apr 17, 2024 951.4K Views • Haus of Decline @hausofdecline. Jun 22 This isn't that much text. I just think you don't like to read, which would explain your general vibe of abject stupidity. 464 t 1.5K 48K ili 1.4M James Ponitz @Pwnitz - Jun 22 Weird thing to say to the creator of one of the most salient political commentaries in recent history Basil☀ @LinkofSunshine People on twitter will really be like "you believe in voting? that pales in effectiveness to my strategy, firebombing a Walmart" and then not firebomb a Walmart 113 118 1K ılı 427K Haus of Decline @hausofdecline This is one of the dumbest tweets that has ever been made 9:24 AM - Jun 22, 2024 - 102.9K Views 66 153 6.2K ☐ 56 ↑ :



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