Who Are The Alt-Right And Why Does Trump Love Them So Much?

When Donald Trump hired Steve Bannon, former editor at Breitbart, to manage his campaign, a term entered the mainstream: alt-right. But who are the alt-right? What do they believe, what sorts of things to they want for the country, and why do they matter? And why do they love Donald Trump?

The alt-right came into being after the death of William F. Buckley in 2008. Buckley was considered an intellectual conservative, and his publication, the National Review, frequently told conservatives what views, and people, were acceptable in the party. When he died, and when, five years earlier, Pat Buchanan was fired from National Review, a hole emerged in far right media. Along came Andrew Breitbart to fill that hole. CBS has a primer on the alt-right, Breitbart, and Bannon, which you can read here.

Then Andrew Breitbart died, and Steve Bannon became editor-in-chief of Breitbart. Bannon is a very, very conservative dude, who has spent the past year mainstreaming the alt-right movement. And while it is unlikely many Trump supporters have heard of the alt-right, they most definitely espouse alt-right views.

According to Breitbart (the website), in an article co-written by alt-right poster boy Milo Yiannopoulos, the alt-right is a group of like-minded intellectuals, who are tired of politics as usual. Milo references numerous individuals in his article, including Richard Spencer, founder of AlternativeRight dot com. Spencer is a white nationalist, pure and simple, who believes some fairly awful things about race. From the ADL:

In addi­tion to Alter­na­tive Right (which he no longer edits but still writes for), Spencer runs the National Pol­icy Insti­tute (NPI), a white suprema­cist think tank; pub­lishes Radix, a jour­nal that pro­motes white cul­ture and iden­tity, and heads Wash­ing­ton Sum­mit Pub­lish­ers, a com­pany that sells books by lead­ing intel­lec­tual white suprema­cists such as Jared Tay­lor of Amer­i­can Renais­sance and the late Sam Francis. 

Through all of these ven­tures, Spencer has become a leader in white suprema­cist cir­cles that envi­sion a “new” right that will openly embrace “white racial con­scious­ness.” Although Spencer began his career The Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive, he has since rejected con­ser­vatism. He believes that con­ser­v­a­tives can’t or won’t rep­re­sent explic­itly white interests.

Spencer has been an influ­ence on a younger gen­er­a­tion of college-age racists. In 2010 and 2011, lead­ers of the now defunct racist stu­dent group, Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion, invited Spencer to speak at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity in Ten­nessee and Prov­i­dence Col­lege in Rhode Island. In both speeches to stu­dents at the schools, Spencer attacked affir­ma­tive action.

In other instances, Spencer has rejected the idea of appeal­ing to main­stream audi­ences. In a 2011 inter­view on the web­site of Wer­mod and Wer­mod, a British-based pub­lish­ing com­pany that also sells white suprema­cist books, Spencer said, “Try­ing to ‘work within the sys­tem,’ or appeal to European-Americans using the lan­guage of FOX News and the GOP, is a bootless—not to men­tion a tasteless—strategy.”

Instead, at the April 2013 Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence, Spencer called for the cre­ation of a “white ethno-state on the North Amer­i­can continent.”

Groups like VDARE and American Renaissance are highlighted by Milo in his Breitbart piece as a “gathering point for an eclectic mix of renegades who objected to the established political consensus in some form or another.” He adds that these sites have been called racist, as if that label is somehow wrong or unwarranted.



Okay, let’s take a look at VDARE and American Renaissance. First, VDARE. The Southern Poverty Law Center has dozens of entries, backed by decades of research, on VDARE. VDARE was founded by Peter Brimelow, an English immigrant who is a proud racist. If Yiannopoulos was able to, at the very least, insinuate that VDARE is not a racist organization without laughing, I’m impressed. Read these quotes, then convince me VDARE is just a place for eclectic renegades:

America was defined — almost explicitly, sometimes very explicitly — as a white nation, for white people, and what that means is that there is virtually no figure, no law, no policy, no event in the history of the old, white America that can survive the transition to the new and non-white version. Whether we will want to call the new updated version ‘America’ at all is another question entirely.
— Sam Francis, VDARE.com, July 21, 2003

Jewish activity collectively, throughout history, is best understood as an elaborate and highly successful group competitive strategy directed against neighboring peoples and host societies. The objective has been control of economic resources and political power. One example: overwhelming Jewish support for non-traditional immigration, which has the effect of weakening America’s historic white majority.
— Kevin MacDonald, VDARE.com, Nov. 14, 2006

What race realists find most infuriating about the liberalism of the last half century is not just that it has lost its instinctive appreciation for the culture and people of the West but actively, viciously attacks them. Whites are doing something no other people have ever done in human history. Our rulers and elites welcome replacement by aliens, they vilify our ancestors and their own, they sacrifice our interests to those of favored minorities, and they treat the entire history of the West as if it were a global plague of rapine and exploitation. This is a disease that is killing us, and we must fight it head on.
— Jared Taylor, VDARE.com, July 4, 2008

Oh, there’s Jared Taylor. You may recognize his name; Taylor is another white nationalist, and the founder of American Renaissance, the second “gathering point” in Milo’s article. Here a few quotes from Jared Taylor:

Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears.
— American Renaissance, 2005

Our rulers and media executives will try to turn the story of Hurricane Katrina into yet another morality tale of downtrodden blacks and heartless whites… . [But m]any whites will realize — some for the first time — that we have Africa in our midst, that utterly alien Africa of road-side corpses, cruelty, and anarchy that they thought could never wash up on our shores.
— American Renaissance, 2005

Jared Taylor wound up in the spotlight after the massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina last year. As the spokesperson for the Council of Conservative Citizens, the white nationalist group featured in the shooter’s manifesto, Taylor had to try and spin the CCC as something other than what it is, and he failed miserably. In a statement Taylor posted to the CCC’s website, he wrote:

The C of CC unequivocally condemns Roof’s murderous actions.

However, the council stands unshakably behind the facts on its website, and points out the dangers of denying the extent of black-on-white crime.

Every year, there are about 500,000 violent, interracial crimes. Of these, about 85 percent are committed by blacks against whites.

Every year, there are some 20,000 rapes of white women by blacks, but rapes by white men of black women are so unusual, they scarcely appear in crime statistics.

If these figures were reversed—if there were wide-spread white-on-black rape and violence—it would be constant national news. Instead, the true nature of interracial violence is ignored.

This is dangerous. Our society’s silence about these crimes—despite enormous amounts of attention to “racially tinged” acts by whites—only increase the anger of people like Dylann Roof. This double standard *only makes acts of murderous frustration more likely*.

In his manifesto, Roof outlines other grievances felt by many whites. Again, we utterly condemn Roof’s despicable killings, but they do not detract in the slightest from the legitimacy of some of the positions he has expressed. *Ignoring legitimate grievances is dangerous*. (source)

This is the alt-right. White, conservative, predominantly male, angry at people of color, angry about integration, determined to create their own all white country. This is why Donald Trump chose Steve Bannon to lead his campaign. Trump isn’t using a dog whistle to attract racists anymore, he’s using a bullhorn, and Bannon does not use subtlety to get the alt-right message across, he uses a bat.

Donald Trump does not want to be President of the United States. He wants to be president of the alt-right’s fantasy country, Whiteistan™. That’s the “great America” Trump will try to create if he is elected. Trump is the candidate of choice for the alt-right, white nationalists and white supremacists, xenophobics, misogynists, pro-war, pro-torture, anti-choicers, sovereign citizens (luckily, they usually don’t vote), and people who think they’re disenfranchised because we elected a black president.

Or, as Milo calls them, eclectic renegades.

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  • The Puppetmaster

    White people would have no reason to be angry about race if they weren’t lied to about the 1965 Hart-Celler act.

    As President Lyndon Johnson signed a landmark immigration reform bill into law at a ceremony beneath the Statue of Liberty on October 3, 1965, he predicted the legislation would not significantly affect the life of the nation, but also declared it would accomplish an important national goal.

    “This bill that we will sign today is not a revolutionary bill,” the president said. “It does not affect the lives of millions. It will not reshape the structure of our daily lives.

    Subcommittee Chairman Edward Kennedy:

    “First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same … Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset … Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia … In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think.”

    “The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.”

    America was 85% White in 1965. 50 years later and we’re down to ~62% White, with projections that by 2040 we’ll be less than 50%.

    We were lied to and we’re not pleased with the outcome of the ’65 act.

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