Alt-right members say they were 'fooled by Trump after disavowal

Amos Herrera
November 26, 2016

But Spencer said that he's going to "wait and see" when it comes to the president-elect, adding that he gets "where he's coming from politically and practically".

President-elect Donald Trump's disavowal of his support among white nationalists didn't sit right with the alt-right.

Members of the alt-right movement in the United States of America have shown dismay at President-elect Donald Trump's pointed disavowal of the movement.

Richard B Spencer, president of the far-right National Policy Institute, made numerous allusions to Nazi ideology during his half-hour speech at a conference in Washington on Saturday. In a meeting Tuesday with editors and reporters of The New York Times, Trump said of the alt-right: "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".

At the conference, he referred to the media as "L├╝genpresse", a term he said he was borrowing from "the original German" that means "lying press" and which the Nazis used to attack critics.

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If it's so important to the American people, I would go for it. "Look, I want to move forward, I don't want to move back". But the main point, he said, is that this is what Trump signed up for, no matter how painful selling would be.

Footage broadcast by The Atlantic as part of an upcoming documentary on Mr Spencer showed his followers repeatedly performing Hitler salutes during the tirade, where he claimed America was a "white country [that] belongs to us". There members gave Nazi salutes and shouted "Hail Trump". There are some women involved with the alt-right, Hawley told The Washington Post, but "this movement in particular is more appealing to men, particularly given the degree to which it is also a very outspoken anti-feminist movement". "He's a hell of a step in the right direction though." read one. Numerous audience stood and enthusiastically responded with the same salute.

Before becoming Trump's campaign manager, Bannon was the chairman of Breitbart News, a haven for white nationalists and news with a far-right bent.

Trump also defended the appointment of Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist by saying: "I've known Steve Bannon a long time".

Richard Spencer organized an alt-right conference in Washington celebrate "the year of Donald Trump". For many people, white nationalism is just another term of white supremacist or neo-Nazi, although CNN points out that white nationalists have tried to distance themselves from traditional hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

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