Fifth Column

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A fifth column is a group of people who rationally and clandestinely tries to undermine a larger group to which it is expected to be loyal. The expression dates from the Spanish Civil War in 1936 when the Francoist General Mola, whose forces were threatening Madrid, boasted that he had four columns approaching the city and a fifth column within it.

During the Second World War, when British citizens were anxious about supposed fifth-columnists in the UK, the artist William Heath-Robinson produced a series of cartoons about the Sixth Column, patriotic men and women devoted to frustrating the actions of the Fifth Column.[1]

In the United States, the Democratic Party has been considered America’s Communist Fifth Column promoting Socialism. Reportedly, the gravest threat to America's democracy is the Democrat Fifth Column. It has emerged from deep within the U.S. government itself and has reached the point where, as reported in June 2017, even the mention of God and country are topics which trigger microaggressions.[2]

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  2. Jonathan P. Henderson, THE CONSERVATIVE HISTORICAL REVIEW,, 24 Jun 2017