Trump victory brings 'alt-right' into full view

Hitler ordered the construction of the fortifications in 1942 and almost a million French workers were drafted to build the huge defence system
Hitler ordered the construction of the fortifications in 1942 and almost a million French workers were drafted to build the huge defence system

24 November, 2016

In an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Trump condemned participants at an alt-right conference in Washington who celebrated his election victory with a Nazi salute.

Frighteningly, he also said whites "don't gain anything from [other races'] presence - they need us, and not the other way around". While Trump has called for an end to hate crimes and said he wants to bring the country together, he has not been full throated on expressing disapproval of the alt-right, a rebranded white nationalist movement.

Klein denounced the white nationalists in the alt-right, calling them "despicable bigots". However, it remains worrisome that perhaps the movement has already been so strengthened by Trump's election that it will be hard to return them to their pre-2016 irrelevance.

"We all have a responsibility to speak up and stand up for our values", he said, stressing ordinary Americans - not just leaders - were obliged to act.

"I'm sure I have read some things that he's said in the past that were off color but I didn't find him to be an individual that I would find him to be fearful of in the White House", said Cohen.

Members of the alt-right, including Spencer, are vocal in their support of Trump.

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When asked whether he felt he did things to energize the movement, the Republican said, "I don't think so".

"We were not meant to beg for moral validation from some of the most despicable creatures to ever populate the planet", he says.

The billionaire businessman and United States president-elect was pushed into a tight spot after the so-called National Policy Institute (NPI) held a conference on Saturday in Washington, close to the White House.

Through their actions and appointments as well as their words, Trump and his top aides can not distance themselves fast enough and far enough from these people. While to so-called alt-right is advocating against racial equality and the extermination of minorities, at least they're having a bit of fun with it! His audience of more than 200 people, mostly men, responded with cheers and a smattering of Nazi salutes. But he distinguished Bannon from the alt-right perspectives that were given a platform on Breitbart. "I think some people in the movement would probably find that bad". He is the executive chairman of the news site Breitbart News, a right-wing news and commentary site that is seen as the mouthpiece of the alt-right movement.

The Anti-Defamation League, which calls itself the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism, has said it strongly opposes Bannon's appointment as senior advisor because of his connection to the alt-right, while adding that the organization is not aware of any anti-Semitic statements made by Bannon himself.

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