How many true "alt-right" people are there? My guess: 85K people with 1million Internet accounts.
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) August 24, 2016
Are you including Russian troll armies or not? https://t.co/12Jk7osWCg
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) August 24, 2016
From the Washington Post, company paper in the town whose monopoly industry is national politics:
On the eve of a planned speech here on Donald Trump’s ties to the “alt-right,” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday accused her Republican opponent of “taking a hate movement mainstream.”
Clinton is scheduled to deliver remarks Thursday about a conservative movement often associated with white nationalism and fervent anti-immigration views that has cheered Trump’s candidacy, including his campaign’s recent hiring of the chairman of a website that caters to the alt-right.
“Donald Trump has shown us who he is, and we ought to believe him,” Clinton told host Anderson Cooper Wednesday night on CNN. “He is taking a hate movement mainstream. He’s brought it into his campaign. He’s bringing it to our communities and our country.”…
The alt-right began with a speech conservative writer Paul Gottfried delivered in 2008, after the Republican Party’s electoral wipeout. Gottfried called for an “alternative right” that could defeat “the neoconservative-controlled conservative establishment.” That idea was soon adopted by the “identitarian” nationalist Richard Spencer, who founded an Alternative Right website, but it was also claimed by supporters of Ron Paul and conservatives who opposed multiculturalism…
And “misogynist neo-Nazi xenophobes” just didn’t seem mainstream-friendly.
… But it was Donald Trump’s presidential campaign that brought the movement into the mainstream. From the moment he told a national audience that Mexico was sending rapists and drug-dealers across the border, Trump surged in the polls….
Trump’s campaign has been more aggressively targeting Clinton in the wake of a leadership shake-up that included the installation of Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon as the campaign’s chief executive.
Bannon has described Breitbart News as “the platform for the alt-right.” He has said that the movement is not inherently racist, arguing it’s guiding philosophy is “nationalist” but not “white nationalist.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups, the alt-right “is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that ‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization. Characterized by heavy use of social media and online memes, Alt-Righters eschew ‘establishment’ conservatism, skew young, and embrace white ethno-nationalism as a fundamental value.”
As a sidebar, Dave Weigel (who’s been reporting on these guys for years) has “What’s the alt-right? A primer” — although it’s more like a lexicon, explaining some of the cult’s cant.
There is (of course) much, much more… just wanted to post this before the media tsunami starts after Clinton’s speech.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 22, 2016
I see why alt-right must deny polls: Less about Trump than they crush dream of unprecedented white racial solidarityhttps://t.co/W5Evk8Q5Qk
— Billmon (@billmon1) August 24, 2016