The Alt-Right Rises [...]

For years, Spencer’s “identitarian” movement barely flickered in the dark corners of the internet on sites such as Reddit and 4chan. But Trump’s ascendancy was like kerosene dumped on a brushfire. From day one, the Republican insurgent sounded themes dear to the alt-right—his official campaign launch in the lobby of Trump Tower in June 2015, when he vowed to crack down on Mexican criminals and “rapists,” was simply the first clarion call. Ever since, Trump’s tacit embrace of the alt-right’s favorite media outlets and shrillest online voices has emboldened the movement beyond Spencer’s wildest dreams. (When Trump retweeted the user @WhiteGenocideTM this past January, Spencer responded, “Wow. Just wow.”) Regardless of the election outcome, Spencer believes the alt-right’s views will continue to seep into mainstream American politics, in the form of a renewed focus on deporting undocumented immigrants and perhaps even the establishment of a Congressional White Caucus.

In August, Hillary Clinton declared in a speech that “the emerging racist ideology known as the alt-right” had through Trump “effectively taken over the Republican Party.” Watching that speech from a hotel room while on vacation in Tokyo, Spencer could hardly believe his good fortune. Suddenly his inbox was flooded with interview requests from national political reporters; in a hasty Skype call with Michelle Goldberg of Slate—a Jew, he fig (Source)

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