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The "Alt-right", what is it exactly?
Saturday 19th of November 2016 in Washington D.C. "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!" and "to use the original german: 'Lügerpresse' (lying media)" are just some of the phrases that will be remembered from Richard B.Spencer's speech in front of 200 attendees at the Ronald Reagan Building for the "National Policy Institue". The speech was recorded by "The Atalntic" and also shows audience members performing nazi salutes.
What is the "alt-right"? Where does it come from and what does have in store for the rest of us?
This movement is not yet what one might call grounded, it is mainly (although not exclusively) an online movement that was most recently defined and recognised for it's support of Donald Trump during the last presidential election. It mainly advocates for the preservation and defence of "white identity" in the US and Europe, and "Western culture", it is presented as an alternative to mainstream conservatism.
Breibart news was founded in 2007 by a conservative commentator named Andrew Breitbart. Dwelling mainly in Los Angeles, it also has branches in Texas, London and Jerusalem. The company is owned by co-founder Larry Solov while the publication's executive chairman is Stephen Bannon. Joel Polak serves as senior editor at large and the position of managing editor is taken by Alexander Marlow. Breitbart came up with the idea whilst visiting Isreal in 2007, wishing to create an outlet that is "pro freedom" and "pro Isreal". Under Bannon's management, Breitbart took the side of the European populist right and American alt-right after wich the site was described as "the platform for the alt-right" in 2016.
The "alt-right" seems to embody the "preservation" of Western culture and "White" identity. Many talking points in the media today are brought up the by movement, such as: Islam, immigration, social issues ect... some prominent figures such as Milo Yiannopoulos are known to make appereances on college campuses to discuss such matters.
One of the most popular methods of spreading it's message is the posting of memes online via sites such as 4chan/8chan, Twitter and Breitbart news. These posts are generally recognised as being pro Trump, anti immagration/multicultutalism/political correctness.
Links and ties with Donald Trump:
“I disavow and condemn them, ”President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday during a wide-ranging interview with staff members at The New York Times. This comment came after Richard B.Spencer's speech on the 19th of November 2016, when the latter sparked controversy with the use of nazi terminology such as the term "Lügerpresse" whilst describing America's mainstream media.
Throughout the presidential election, Trump gained a large amount of support from the "alt-right". Since then he has had little choice but to distance himself from the movement and it's followers. Of course this news has not been received very well by members of the group but the president will be trying to persuade as many traditional republicans as he can.