On Saturday white nationalists associated with the alt-right movement held a conference at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C., just blocks away from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and gave Nazi salutes to their leader Richard Spencer who lead the group in shouts of “Hail Trump! Hail our People! Hail Victory!”
Richard Spencer is leader of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank that sponsored the conference and was founded in Augusta, Georgia and is now headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.
Although headquartered in Virginia, the group relocated to Montana in 2013.
Spencer founded a blog called Alternative Right that the Atlantic called a “white supremacist site.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center has already labeled the National Policy Institute a “white supremacist organization.”
The Atlantic provided video coverage of the Saturday conference where Spencer is heard saying, “No one mourns the great crimes committed against us. For us it is conquer or die.”
Spencer took a page from the Trump playbook and lambasted the media in his speech that contained a conspiracy theory about the media animated by “some dark power” aimed at repeating liberal talking points.
“It’s not just they are leftists and cucks, it’s not just that many are genuinely stupid, indeed one wonders if these people are people at all, or instead soulless Golem, animated by some dark power to repeat whatever talking point John Oliver stated the night before” Spencer said.
Spencer claimed that “America was, until this generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity.”
“It is our creation. It is out inheritance. And it belongs to us” Spencer insisted.
The United States Holocaust Museum strongly condemned the white nationalist conference in a statement released on Monday that criticized the hateful rhetoric of the group and called upon the nation to confront hate speech.
“The Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words. The Museum calls on all American citizens, our religious and civic leaders, and the leadership of all branches of the government to confront racist thinking and divisive hateful speech” the Holocaust Museum statement reads.
President elect Donald Trump has just selected as his chief strategist Steve Bannon, a campaign manager who has close ties with the same alt-right movement that many of the white nationalists associate with and remains an unsettling pick for many Americans that are subtly aware of the racially charged overtones that Bannon projects in the White House.
Bannon was executive chair of Breitbart News, a far-right news and commentary website.
According to CNN, the Trump-Pence Presidential Transition Committee has released a statement about the Saturday conference sponsored by the National Policy Institute .
The statement reads:
“President elect Trump has continued to denounce racism of any kind and he was elected because he will be a leader for every American. To think otherwise is a complete misrepresentation of the movement that united Americans from all backgrounds.”
Trump Invites Leading Media Figures Into His Den And Then Rails Against Them
The New York Times reported on Monday that president elect Trump invited leading media anchors and executives from television news networks to come over to Trump Tower on Monday for a private meeting.
According to The Times, “the president-elect delivered a defiant message: You got it all wrong” and later on “described the television networks as dishonest in their reporting and shortsighted in missing the signs of his upset victory.”
Trump has made criticizing the media one of his central themes during his presidential campaign and yet he ironically gained the most from the widespread media attention he received which was outsized compared to the other candidates.
It wasn’t uncommon for Trump to call the media derogatory names during his presidential campaigns and incite his supporters to despise the media for being “dishonest.”
Trump’s complaints and whining about the media “rigging the election” was totally disproven since he won the presidential election, at least in terms of the electoral college vote, by a margin of 58 votes.
However, Trump clearly lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by over 1.5 million, according to the Associated Press, with more absentee votes coming arriving from liberal states such as California.
A majority of voting Americans don’t support Trump by over a million and yet because of how the American electoral college is organized and works, he will run the country for the next 4 years and is expected to usher in sweeping changes, especially now with Republicans controlling Congress.
Because Clinton won more popular votes than Trump, the final outcome confirms what many leading polls did in fact show on the eve of the election; namely, that Clinton was favored in the polls to come out ahead of Trump in terms of the total votes.
In the final days of the election, a majority of the polls also correctly showed that the presidential race was tightening in several battleground states where Trump eventually emerged victoriously with electoral votes.
Based on Trump’s recent patronizing behavior towards the media at Trump Tower on Monday, its clear that he cares a great deal about keeping score with the media and ultimately about “getting even” whenever he believes he has the upper hand.