The alt-right showed its true colors when conference-goers and speakers alike used Nazi phrases and salutes in Washington, D.C. at a heavily-protested conference for the National Policy Institute, an "organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent."
The New York Times reported on the event, which attempted to skirt racist rhetoric, but ultimately failed to hide its white supremacist and anti-Semitic intent. Richard B. Spencer, leader of the alt-right and final speaker at the 11-hour conference, used Nazi phrases, calling white people "children of the sun" and prompting the crowd to chant "Lügenpresse," meaning "lying press."
"To be white is to be a creator, an explorer, a conqueror," Spencer said to the crowd. "We don’t exploit other groups, we don’t gain anything from their presence. They need us, and not the other way around."
Spencer claimed that America belongs to white people, saying, "America was, until this last generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity. It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us."
At the end of Spencer's despicable speech, someone started a chant of "Heil victory," during which the crowd raised their hands in the stiff-armed salute of the Nazi party.
Seig heil! ? pic.twitter.com/FhuFuZq6Sc— Tila Tequila (@AngelTilaLove) November 19, 2016
The conference was also attended by former star and white supremacist Tila Tequila, who made a point to do the Nazi salute and post it to Twitter with the caption, "Seig[sic] heil." Tequila stated to The Daily Beast that she brought "a little bit more diversity to the movement," in the room of predominantly white men.
During the press hour, Spencer said that he thinks the alt-right will now have influence over the government with Trump in charge. While he does not believe Trump himself is alt-right, Spencer asserted, "I think we can be the ones out in front, thinking about those things he hasn’t quite grasped yet, who are putting forward policies" which "have a realistic chance of being implemented."
As Trump assembles a government full of racists and bigots, it is a terrifying prospect that the alt-right may have the ear of some of the most influential people in the nation.
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