In the NYT today, one Joseph Goldstein has a piece titled “Alt-Right Exults in Donald Trump’s Election With a Salute: ‘Heil Victory’”. It starts off with the usual novelistic pretensions that any NYT piece on the Alt Right obligatorily begins with:
WASHINGTON — By the time Richard B. Spencer, the leading ideologue of the alt-right movement and the final speaker of the night, rose to address a gathering of his followers on Saturday, the crowd was restless…
It was a dark and stormy night.
But now his tone changed as he began to tell the audience of more than 200 people, mostly young men, what they had been waiting to hear. He railed against Jews and, with a smile, quoted Nazi propaganda in the original German. America, he said, belonged to white people, whom he called the “children of the sun,” a race of conquerors and creators who had been marginalized but now, in the era of President-elect Donald J. Trump, were “awakening to their own identity.”
As he finished, several audience members had their arms outstretched in a Nazi salute. When Mr. Spencer, or perhaps another person standing near him at the front of the room — it was not clear who — shouted, “Heil the people! Heil victory,” the room shouted it back.
It’s unfortunate that this went on at an NPI conference.
It only encourages the MSM, such as this NYT reporter, to then equate the following as ‘racist views’:
While many of its racist views are well known — that President Obama is, or may as well be, of foreign birth; that the Black Lives Matter movement is another name for black race rioters; that even the American-born children of undocumented Hispanic immigrants should be deported — the alt-right has been difficult to define.
Richard Spencer is one voice.
He is not the ‘leader’ of the Alt Right.
The Alt Right has no leader.
Furthermore, within the Alt Right, Spencerian positions are by no means unanimous.