Alt-right leader Richard Spencer says Trump is 'first step' toward identity politics

Friday, 20 October 2017, 12:04:10 PM. Alt-right leader Richard Spencer says Trump is not 'the answer' but is the 'first step' toward identity politics.
Count Richard Spencer among the millions of Americans who will be thrilled to watch Donald Trump take the oath of office Friday. Spencer is no ordinary Trump supporter. He is a leader of the alt-right, a movement that rejects mainstream conservatism and promotes white nationalism — and, say many, is now emboldened by Trump's win. The movement's ideas are widely seen as racist, homophobic and misogynistic.  In Trump, Spencer told CBC News, he likes what he sees. 'Donald Trump's movement, whether [Trump strategist] Kellyanne Conway wants to admit it or not, was fundamentally about identity for white people.' - Richard Spencer, alt-right leader "Alt-right is all about identity," he said. "And Donald Trump's movement, whether [Trump strategist] Kellyanne Conway wants to admit it or not, was fundamentally about identity for white people." In the days after Trump's win, Spencer made headlines for finishing a speech in Washington by raising his hand for a toast and exclaiming "Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory" as those in the crowd responded with Nazi-style salutes. Alt-right 'born' in Toronto "Yes, I was being provocative, of course," he now says, while noting, for Canadian readers, he began advocating the alt-right while living, briefly, in Toronto. "The alternativeright.com website was born in an apartment on Yonge Street in Toronto, Canada," he said. "Fun fact." But now the alt-right has eyes on America, and that toast came as racially tinged graffiti including...Read more
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