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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a fracture appears to be afoot in the white racist nationalist movement formerly known as “alt-right”:
The loosely defined “alt-right” movement — made up of social-media-savvy white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, misogynists and other fringe figures who supported Donald Trump’s election — has splintered in recent weeks as less hard-core supporters distance themselves from the term. [ … ]
“The alt-right is and has always been the same thing as it is right now – a white identity movement,” Andrew Anglin wrote at the Daily Stormer, a popular neo-Nazi site. “Looks like we finally have this term for ourselves. Finally.”
The shift came after a meeting of white nationalists inside the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington on Nov. 19, where members threw Nazi salutes and shouted, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”
The man they were saluting was the white nationalist who coined the term “alternative right,” Richard Spencer, who had just given an anti-Semitic speech in which he quoted Nazi propaganda and called the United States a “white country.”
One white nationalist called it “the Heil Heard Around the World.” Coverage of the Nazi salutes went viral, and public reaction was severe.
Media organizations such as the Associated Press and ThinkProgress moved to stop using the term “alt-right” and simply call the white racist nationalists what they are (white racist nationalists). One person, InfoWars editor Paul Watson who said he was part of the movement, then said he wasn’t, says there are actually two movements.