Members of the alt right white supremacist movement sat down on Friday to explain their platform to an increasingly curious American public.
The media has been hesitant in the past to give them much attention, but recently Hillary Clinton called out the alt-right as a part of her campaign rhetoric against Donald Trump. Her team honed in on the newest Trump campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, who formally headed the right-wing news website Breitbart that he himself once called “the platform for the alt-right.”
The top three in the alt-right movement sat down in Washington D.C. and detailed their platform, which includes the belief that white people are genetically engineered to be smarter and more ethically sound than other races, saying among other things that
“They also differ, as a matter of fact, in the patterns of the microbes that inhabit their mouths.”
White people have distinct interests as a group, according to their philosophy, and those interests should be pursued in an all-white homeland. They also discussed how those who are Jewish are too different from traditional white people, and thus should be excluded from their all-white utopia.
To any person with a degree of sanity, these people hopefully sound ridiculous. Yet Trump supporters are inundating sites like Breitbart, which posted a piece that called James Taylor, founder of the white supremacist American Renaissance site, as well as one of the speakers, “fearsomely intelligent.” The Trump campaign has looked to Breitbart on numerous occasions, and the site has gained significant traction as a result. In July alone Breitbart clocked on at 31 million readers for the month.
The reality is that Trump is not necessarily a white supremacist. In fact, whether he is a racist or not is hardly the question people should be asking themselves when viewing his interactions with sites and people involved in movements similar to alt-right. What is important is that our country is facing a critical election cycle in which one of the candidates is calling out white supremacy groups for what they are, while the other is counting on their support in the booths this fall.
It’s not just the alt-right either. The former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan endorsed Trump back in February, causing the campaign aa string of controversy after he failed to discourage it. For the racially charged segments of white America, Trump is the man of the hour, and if he were voted in as President, they feel he would guide his presidency in a direction that mirrored their interests.
At the end of the day, voters should be cautious about whomever they cast their ballot for this fall, but the fact that Trump is the favorite among groups that are the opposite of what America stands for should cause some concern. After all, saying nothing when something wrong is happening around you is just as bad as if you were committing the injustice yourself. By not discouraging groups like the alt-right, Trump is effectively sanctioning their beliefs.
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