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President-Elect Donald Trump Disavows the Alt-Right Movement

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President-Elect Donald Trump for the first time disavowed the alt-right movement while speaking with The New York Times today.

Trump met with The Times on Tuesday for an on-the-record conversation, which was live-tweeted by those in attendance and with updates being posted on the Times’ website. When pressed about the alt-right, Trump denounced this group’s behavior.

“I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group,” Trump said. “It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”

The alt-right is a fringe movement which grew on the Internet and which is characterized in part by white nationalism and anti-Semitism. It is made up of a wide range of individuals, but for some, the movement is essentially rebranded neo-Nazism. A few days ago, alt-right speakers gathered for an event in Washington, D.C., and Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute think tank, delivered a speech which invoked Nazi propaganda language.

“Hail Trump!” he shouted. “Hail our people! Hail victory!”

After Spencer finished speaking, several members of the audience gave a Nazi salute. Spencer, who originally coined the term “alt-right” (short for “alternative right”), openly advocates for a society of only white people.

While speaking with The New York Times today, Trump was asked about this D.C. meeting specifically. He responded by saying, “I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn.”

Trump’s transition team issued a statement on Monday in response to the meeting in Washington, saying that Trump has continued to denounce racism in all forms, but the statement made no mention of the alt-right movement specifically. Tuesday’s New York Times interview is the first time Trump has ever disavowed this ideology by name, although he denied that he has done anything to aid in its growth.

Richard Spencer disagrees, saying that Donald Trump’s presidency has helped to legitimize white nationalism.

“I think one thing he’s saying is just, ‘We don’t want that here,'” Spencer said in an interview with Vice. “I think identity does play a role in this. He’s basically saying that if you are a nation, then at some point you have to say ‘There is an Us, and there is a Them. Who are we? Are we a nation?’ In that sense, I think it’s really great.”

Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor is Steve Bannon, the executive chair of Breitbart News, a website which Bannon himself described as “the platform for the alt-right” in an interview with Mother JonesBannon later said that Breitbart provides an outlet for a variety of viewpoints including the alt-right but that he has zero tolerance for racism and anti-Semitism.

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7 comments

  1. Do not forget about the media and their lies!
    Fakes stories and paid protesters are overlooked by the media to create racial tension against peaceful Americans.

    • If you hate it why are you here? Time to stop getting your news from Facebook and Fox. This country elected a fascist and yet people like you are blaming the media because of laziness to confirm what they are reading is true. Abraham Lincoln was right when he questioned America’s ability to maintain a Republic.

      • Who said anything about Abraham Lincoln ?
        You don’t like what I say Sue me !
        You think I care one bit that you’re protecting the media. The media uses its platform to create racial tension within the United States.
        The same media that turns around and claims that terrorist organizations do not exist in the United States !
        The same media that claims that it was okay for Clinton to get the questions at a presidential debate !
        Okay ! I give up you really got something there.

  2. Abraham Lincoln was a racist which had a vitriol hatred towards black slaves, and he was anything but ‘honest” in most of his dealings. do the research before you ignorantly quote someone as if his statements truly matter.

  3. This “alt” thing the left throws out there is complete bullshit just like just about everything else they do . Why not discuss ISSUES , RECORD ? I’ll tell you why not because they are complete failures on both ! The left is good at whining like babies , calling names , lying like rugs and very little else .