Once again, the alternative right (commonly known as alt-right) movement has reared its ugly head.
The National Policy Institute held a conference in celebration of Trump’s victory. Richard Spencer, an open white nationalist, gave closing remarks that were packed with white supremacist rhetoric. Caught on video, he is quoted as saying,
“Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”
These remarks were met by the crowd with immense amounts of cheering and Nazi salutes.
Thankfully, Trump came out shortly afterward disavowing himself from this specific occurrence and the alt-right itself:
“I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group…It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”
This is not the first such occurrence. The alt-right, known for rampant racism and anti-Semitism, has been energized for Donald Trump this entire election cycle. Although they were a small fraction of Donald Trump’s voter base, alt-righters have been loud about their support, giving major media outlets a way to distract from the candidate’s actual message and push the white nationalist and racist statements from these supporters as a depiction of the candidate they were behind.
A clear cut example is the endorsement of Donald Trump from The Crusader, the official publication of the Ku Klux Klan. The Trump campaign quickly rejected this endorsement, and in a statement to CNN, said,
“Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form. This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”
Clearly, the headlines based around alt-right lunacy and their support for Donald Trump did not deter the commonsense voter from the polls. Yet, this movement continues to cause damage to the name of the political right, to conservatism, and to the Republican Party.
To the alt-right, I have just one thing to say: quit making fools of yourselves, and in the process, hurting the rest of us.
If the alt-right had their way, the American political system would be burned to the ground in a blazing show of statism. They would trade liberty for statism, freedom of thought for censorship, and beautiful diversity for a twisted nationalistic uniformity. This is not representative of the true political right, and should be abhorrent to any soul who dares call themselves a conservative or a Republican.
Fellow conservatives, fellow Republicans, clearly, the alt-right is not going to shut up and sit down anytime soon. They have the right to speak their piece, but it is our task to stand up and make it abundantly clear that we are NOT with them, that the movement is based around racism and foolish nationalism, not true patriotism or Constitutionalism.
The concept of this movement being the ‘alternative right’ is, in itself, misleading. It makes it seem that they are just taking the same concepts of the political right and running a little bit further with them. This is far from the truth, and it is up to us, the true representatives of the right who have our heads firmly on our shoulders, to speak up and point that fact out.
Let’s quit letting the media pretend that alt-righters are what people on the right are like and start making it loud and clear who we actually are.