Donald Trump has finally spoken out and condemned the alt-right movement, the group of white supremacists who have praised him in the wake of the presidential election. The President-Elect told the NYT that he ‘disavows’ the people who cheered his victory with Nazi salutes.
President-Elect Donald Trump, 70, surprisingly met with journalists from The New York Times on November 22 after slamming the publication the day prior for “changing the terms” of their initial meeting. The journalists live-tweeted their encounter, which revealed, among other things, that he is not standing with the alt-right movement. This is the first time that Trump has spoken about the white nationalists, led by Richard Spencer.
“I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn,” Trump told NYT reporters when asked about the alt-right. It’s a relief to hear, considering the movement’s background. Started by the National Policy Institute’s Spencer, the alt-right is a gathering of white supremacists who have become more and more outspoken since Trump’s election.
Terror is growing over the rise of the white supremacists, who held a conference in Washington, DC, on November 20 to discuss strategizing to claim bigger recognition in politics. Their views are abhorrently racist, anti-semitic, and sexist. At the gathering, the members were caught on video giving a Nazi salute and yelling “Heil, victory!” to Trump’s presidential win.
At one point the discussion reportedly turned to how the “lying media” bashed Trump to protect Jewish people. “One wonders if these (Jewish) people are people at all, or instead soulless golem,” he said. It’s only the beginning of the trash the alt-right spews. Trump told the NYT reporters that he doesn’t want to give the group any recognition:
“I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group,” Trump said per NYT tweets. “It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.” It’s a nice sentiment, but his disavowal means little when he still has Steve Bannon, one of the most famous faces of the alt-right, selected as his Chief of Staff.
Steve is the former CEO of Breitbart News, the ultra-conservative publication that chronically churns out hate speech as news. He’s made it no secret that he’s unfathomably sexist, racist and homophobic. In order to condemn the alt-right, it’s going to take more than words.
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