The racism and anti-Semitism of the alt-right movement were on display Saturday in Washington when its members gathered to celebrate Donald Trump's victory.This is how it begins, people. They come out into public, they hold public meetings, and they get covered by the press as though they're just another fringe political movement.
The president of the alt-right National Policy Institute Richard Spencer's remarks were posted Sunday on YouTube by "Red Ice Radio," which describes itself as "covering politics and social issues from a pro-European perspective." The Atlantic magazine, which is recording footage of Spencer for a documentary they're working on, also published a video of the same event showing audience members apparently giving the Nazi salute.
"Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!" he declared.
And, CNN, there was no "apparently giving the Nazi salute". They were doing that, not asking for recognition from the chair:
CNN actually aired a discussion of whether or not Jews are people. I would hope that the news media is not going to fall into the trap of "both-siderism" when it comes to the neo-nazis. Treating hatred, racism, antisemitism and bigotry as points of view legitimizes them. And so does putting their hate on the crawl at the bottom of the screen.
I never truly thought that we'd see such things in this country.
There was a fairly lily-livered denunciation from the Trump fetal-administration. He brought those people into the political process and they helped elect him. They are his peeps. If he doesn't shut them down, then his son-in-law is going to earn the nickname "Kushner the Kapo".