As white nationalists celebrate ‘an awakening’ after Donald Trump’s victory on Nov 9, a disturbing reality is emerging before our eyes.
On Saturday night, Richard B. Spencer, the leading ideologue of the alt-right movement addressed a gathering of his followers and urged the group to start acting less like an underground organization and more like the establishment.
He then began to tell the audience of more than 200 people, mostly young white men, what they had been waiting to hear. He railed against Jews and 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, according to The New York Times.
These are exultant times for the alt-right movement, which has been embraced by President-elect Donald Trump. He chose as his campaign chairman Stephen K. Bannon, the media executive who ran the alt-right’s most prominent platform, Breitbart News, and then named him as a senior adviser and chief strategist.
The movement’s leaders hope to have a seat at the table of the Trump White House, The Times wrote.