With the election of Trump, there have been unintended consequences -maybe not. The rise in hate crimes and most troubling, the alt right. Trump was able to tap into the xenophobia, racism, anti-immigrant and white nationalism that had been on the fringe or lying dormant. He single handily brought all of this to the mainstream. He is the epitome of a demagogue.
For those of you trying to figure out what is the alt right, here you go! The alternative right was born out of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces. Alt- Righters dismiss “establishment” conservatism and embrace white ethno-nationalism as fundamental value.
The most concerning thing about the rise of the alt-right and other extremists is that they have been emboldened because of the “green light” they have gotten from Trump’s racist rhetoric. Is Trumps ascension to the presidency a foreboding of things to come for our country? People of color are concerned for their safety and where they fit in this new paradigm.
Granted, Trump did not invent the alt-right or other hate groups. However, his ugly and racist campaign gave rise to it. While he claims to distance himself from the KKK and other extremists is rhetoric and passive dismissal of their ilk has given tacit consent to brazenly do their dirt and go mainstream
Richard Bertrand Spencer coined the term Alternative Right in 2008. Spencer heads the white nationalist think tank known as the National Policy Institute, to describe a loose set of far-right ideals based on “white identity” and the preservation of Americans of European descent. They (the alt-right) seem to think that any gains made by people of color some how took it from them (white people).
The irony of the so-called dispossessed white masses who supported Trump have nothing in common with the man, nor does he (Trump) have anything in common with them. It is this writer’s belief that in four years, most of them will still be living in their trailer parks and even angrier and more resentful of people of color.
One of Spencer’s most troubling ideologies is “peaceful genocide” as if such a thing exists. Given his upbringing in Montana, it’s easy to see why his radical racist philosophies took root. Montana and Idaho are two of the most intolerant states in the union.
Shortly after Trump’s election, the National Policy Institute convened in Washington DC to celebrate Trumps victory. As the event was broadcast on national news, you could clearly see Nazi salutes to a raucous heil Trump cheer. There was no mistaking that it was a mini Nazi rally attended by racist right-wing extremists. Thankfully, there are many in the Republican establishment who have dismissed and distanced themselves from the alt-right. Some of those present at the rally actually parted ways afterwards.
Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of the far-right website Breitbart News has created a sickening synergy with the alt-right. They are one in the same with very disturbing implications. When Trump appointed him (Bannon) as his Chief Strategist it was obvious that he (Trump) was all that distant from radical right-wing extremist groups. While there was a cacophony of protest over this selection, Trump continues to stand by his man. The alt-right, Richard Spencer, Steve Bannon and Trump are all on the wrong side of history.