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The racism and anti-Semitism of Donald Trump’s supporters were clear on Saturday at a Washington, DC celebration of his electoral victory.
“Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” Richard Spencer, the president of the alt-right National Policy Institute, shouted at his keynote address at the annual conference of the Institute. Many of the 200 Trump supporters in the audience responded with applause, cheers and Nazi salutes.
Spencer went on to mock the multicultural coalition that supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign, including references to “the black political machines” and Latino housekeepers. “Her coalition was made up of mutually hostile tribes only united out of a hatred of ‘whitey’ — that is to say, out of a hatred of us…..America was, until this last generation, a white country, designed for ourselves and our posterity. It is our creation and our inheritance, and it belongs to us.”
“One wonders if these people are people at all, or instead soulless golem,” Spencer said in a reference to a Jewish fable in a portion of his speech dedicated to criticizing both the media and Jews. He also used a Nazi-era propaganda term meaning “lying press” to describe reporters, citing “the mainstream media — or perhaps we should refer to them in the original German, lugenpresse.”
Spencer tempered his praise for the Republican President-elect, warning his white supremacist audience that Trump has taken positions that are in his view too friendly to minorities and Jewish people, claiming that Trump “will be perhaps the most pro-Zionist president ever put in office.”
The event was held at the Ronald Reagan Building on Saturday. The day before, the group met at the Northwest Washington restaurant Maggiano’s which issued an apology Monday and told CNN that it would donate $10,000 to the D.C. office of the Anti-Defamation League.
The National Policy Institute describes itself as “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.”
Spencer has popularized the term “alt-right” to describe the movement he leads. Spencer has said his dream is “a new society, an ethno-state that would be a gathering point for all Europeans,” and has called for “peaceful ethnic cleansing.”
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