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Clinton’s Alt-Right Kill-Shot and Trump’s ‘One-Way Man-Crush’

August 29, 2016

It’s not every day you have two fabulously wealthy white senior citizens publicly yelling ‘Racist!’ at each other

Last week Hillary Clinton came out swinging against her Republican opponent. In a passionate speech designed to energize her base, the Democratic nominee accused Donald Trump of being a racist and white supremacist.

Mincing no words, Hillary stated that Trump has shown bias against pretty much everybody not white and male: women, blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, immigrants—you name it. Accusing the GOP nominee of “prejudice and paranoia,” and deriving his “facts” from conspiracy-laden websites, Clinton struck a nerve, since Trump spent the next couple days on defense, counter-accusing Hillary of being the real bigot in the race. It’s not every day you have two fabulously wealthy white senior citizens publicly yelling “Racist!” at each other.

This was Clinton’s kill-shot aimed at the heart of the Trump campaign:

“This is not conservatism as we have known it. This is not Republicanism as we have known it. These are race-baiting ideas, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas, anti-woman—all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.’”

Not many Republicans want anybody named Clinton telling them what their party “really” is, but Hillary’s accusation is serious and merits analysis. The Alternative Right—Alt-Right for short—despite being politically marginal, has made its presence felt in the Trump campaign, mainly in the form of the Republican nominee’s inflammatory retweets. Steve Bannon, Trump’s recently named campaign manager (his third) is at least an Alt-Right fellow traveler. But what actually is the Alt-Right?

Read the rest at The Observer …

From → History, Radicalism

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