Hillary Clinton gave a Trump-bashing speech about the alt-right this week. No that’s not a keyboard shortcut, it’s an ultra-conservative, pro-white movement which Clinton has inadvertently thrust into the national spotlight. No doubt the reason that Clinton is making the connection between the alt-right and Trump is because he hired Breitbart’s Steve Bannon to be his campaign CEO as part of his recent staff shakeup. Breitbart is a national platform for the alt-right, spouting white nationalism, misogyny and racism to the masses. But with so many controversies on her own doorstep, will Clinton’s accusations of a fringe element taking over the Republican Party bear any weight with voters?
The alt-right is not a single united group and its members mostly just lurk in the dark corners of the internet, but it’s fueled by the same class, gender, religious and racial tensions that Trump exploited (and more recently tried to reach out to) during his campaign. Similar to other right-wing nationalist movements across Europe, the alt-right rejects all forms of political correctness, feminism and multiculturalism, and embrace white-America-first policies like Trump’s Muslim ban. Apparently they have no real desire to enter into mainstream politics and affect the national debate as much as they just want to watch the world burn.
To be fair, while Hillary was saying that Trump was a part of the alt-right trying to take over the Republican Party, and while he has stood with some alt-right individuals, he hasn’t endorsed the movement itself. In fact, the alt-right has rejected both Trump and Breitbart as members of its movement for not being conservative (read: prejudicial) enough. Trumpism may not be alt-right but it’s not mainstream conservatism either. And Clinton is hoping that by associating one with the other, she can take Trump down for good.
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