At a gathering of more than 200 attendees this Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C., some of the most prominent members of the “alt-right” movement led a chorus of praises in celebration of Donald Trump‘s ascendancy to the presidency.
Richard Spencer, the president of the white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute, talked about how the alt-right would be an “intellectual vanguard” for Trump and the burgeoning movement behind him.
According to The Atlantic, the parade of conference speakers put a tame face on their ideology, but later after the press had left, Spencer took the podium and delivered a speech was “dripping with anti-Semitism.”
He referred to the mainstream media as “Lügenpresse,” a term he said he was borrowing from “the original German”; the Nazis used the word to attack their critics in the press.
“America was, until this past generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity,” Spencer said. “It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us.”
In video uploaded to YouTube by The Atlantic, conference attendees can be seen cheering and applauding while giving Nazi salutes.
Although Spencer popularized the term “alt-right,” many agree that calling the movement anything less than “white supremacy” just normalizes a growing racist contingent that’s looking to be mainstreamed.
Spencer has said he wants to create “a new society, an ethno-state that would be a gathering point for all Europeans,.” He’s also called for “peaceful ethnic cleansing.”
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