See it’s funny that a lot of radical socialists love, and want to ‘reclaim’ Pepe, cuz this is far from the first time the radical right has swiped a meme from the Left.
Hell, fascism aped a whole lot of its’ rhetoric and tactics from radical communism, and naziskins have been appropriating and rejiggering aesthetics, sound, and rhetoric from apolitical and leftist skinheads for a long time.
…It’s a big part of the reason Fascism seems super self-confused, particularly regarding the working class. They were just swiping what worked for mass-mobilization (which Communism, at the time of Fascism’s inception, was very, very good at), with the added bonus of recruiting right from communism’s go-to base of the angry, broke, and disenfranchised (and quite a bit of the academic Intelligentsia too). So, a lot of the stuff that ended up on the Fascist platform were attempts to roughly crowbar effective means of Leftist rabblerousing into justifying a far right endgame.