"It's not a group I want to energise and if they are energised, I want to look into it and find out why", said the Republican novice politician who will be inaugurated the 45th USA president on January 20th. We know that Trump sure loves to tweet, and I'd say a tweet bashing Spencer and the NPI would be pretty well-timed right about now. "And if they are energised I want to look into it and find out why".
Donald Trump condemned on Tuesday a gathering of white supremacists in Washington DC that saw Nazi salutes and "hail" cries for the president-elect.
In this November 18, 2016, photo, Richard Spencer, left, talks to the media at an Alt Right conference hosted by the National Policy Institute in Washington. However, it remains worrisome that perhaps the movement has already been so strengthened by Trump's election that it will be hard to return them to their pre-2016 irrelevance.
He said he did not want to "energise" the group, which includes neo-Nazis, white nationalists and anti-Semites.
In the video, Spencer calls the media "leftists" and "cucks", invoking popular "alt-right" insults for people they disagree with.
Despite his disavowal of his extremist supporters, Mr Trump defended Steve Bannon, whom he appointed White House chief strategist, in the face of allegations of anti-Semitism.
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He strongly disagrees, said his officials: "This is not a game - it is her life and his". So much that the Prince has spoken out saying the press has gone too far.
In any event, Doanld Trump should certainly be more forceful in his denunciations of the alt-right.
Trump's campaign has been frequently aligned with the "alt-right", a moniker Spencer claims to have coined and has said represents a white nationalist ideology.
At one point the discussion reportedly turned to how the "lying media" bashed Trump to protect Jewish people. The publication has also come under fire for inflammatory headlines and stories, and it has been unabashedly pro-Trump throughout his campaign. He referred to the mainstream media as "Lügenpresse", a term he said he was borrowing from "the original German"; the Nazis used the word to attack their critics in the press. Members of the audience raise their arms in the Nazi salute.
He also reversed his position on waterboarding and other forms of torture after speaking to James N. Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, who led the United States Central Command.
"If I thought he was racist, or "alt-right". Bannon was previously the leader of Breitbart News, an unapologetically conservative outlet that Bannon has described as a "platform for the alt-right".