A bunch of white supremacists congregated in Washington, D.C., to celebrate Donald Trump's election as president of the United States and proved once and for all that the so-called alt-right is just KKK minus the hoods.
The bigots attending the conference finished it off with a series of “Heil Trump” and “Heil Victory” chants, accompanied by the stiff one-armed salute of the Nazi party.
The disturbing sight left the entire nation appalled and enraged – well, everyone except the president-elect, his transition team, and his racist followers, that is.
Trump, who is quick to denounce to everyone who dares to dismay him, stayed mum on the inexcusable incident.
His team, comprised of anti-Semite white supremacists, responded to the neo-Nazi conference with a rather pathetic statement.
“President-elect Trump has continued to denounce racism of any kind, and he was elected because he will be a leader for every American,” the statement read. “To think otherwise is a complete misrepresentation of the movement that united Americans from all backgrounds.”
It’s barely even a slap on the wrist.
Even though the alt-right and white nationalism played an important part in Trump’s election to the White House (which subsequently sparked a new interest in their movement), this non-response is just unacceptable, even by Trump’s standards.
Trump is making ZERO effort to distance himself from the acts of neo-Nazi hate in the USA. His response is to hire them. Tyrants all.— Barbara Vaclavik (@TearfulTellall) November 21, 2016
Trump’s response to Alt-Right conference w/ Nazi salutes & questioning whether Jews are people is totally inadequate!! Doesn’t condemn them— Sharon Plon (@SharonPlon) November 22, 2016
This is the first time in our lives that fighting Nazis doesn't require a time machine.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 22, 2016
BLM: "We're protestors."— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) November 22, 2016
Media: "No, you're thugs."
Nazis: "We're alt-right."
Media: "Got it."
The alt-right neo-nazis forget: Without the ability to shock and cause fear, they have no power. I'm no longer shocked or afraid. I'm ready.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 22, 2016
How many million more votes does Clinton have to get before we can stop talking about the flaws in her campaign & start talking about Nazis?— Kate Harding (@KateHarding) November 22, 2016
The #AltRight are white supremacists. Neo-nazis. KKK members. Let's not give them any hashtag nicknames. Call them what they are. Racists.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) November 22, 2016
Everyone's grandpa comes back to life:— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) November 22, 2016
THE WHOLE REASON WE KILLED THE FUCKING NAZIS WAS SO YOU LAZY FUCKS WOULDN'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THEM
Many were quick to point out how Trump’s response to the cast of “Hamilton: An American Musical” and “Saturday Night Live” was much stronger than his response to the chilling Nazi salutes in his name.
I wish Trump was as hard on Nazis as he is on SNL and Hamilton— God (@TheGoodGodAbove) November 22, 2016
I saw Trump's tweets about the *Hamilton* audience but I missed the ones about the white supremacists who gave a Nazi salute in his name.— John Spencer (@spencerideas) November 22, 2016
Trump loves denouncing people and groups by name. He demanded fucking Hamilton cast apologize! Nazi comment super-revealing.— DENALI (@timothypmurphy) November 22, 2016
Maybe Trump wants to condemn the many nazi salutes he’s getting but he’s too busy yelling at the cast of Hamilton on twitter.— Lauren ???????????? (@LaurenDeStefano) November 22, 2016
Does he denounce the alt-right with their Nazi salutes & chants of "Heil Victory"? No, he goes after cast of Hamilton for their polite plea.— John Allen Paulos (@JohnAllenPaulos) November 22, 2016
. @realDonaldTrump is more eager to call out Alec Baldwin and the Hamilton cast than he is the Neo-Nazi group that supports him— Hilary Kinney (@realhilaryk) November 22, 2016
If President-Elect @realDonaldTrump has time to tweet about Hamilton and SNL he has time to denounce the Neo-Nazi Movement.— William Roberts (@Will_0004) November 22, 2016
Former White House staff assistant David Gergen also called out Trump’s statement as weak.
“Donald Trump is trying to have it both ways here,” he said. “I don’t think he’ll be successful. On one hand, he puts out statements denying there’s any racism, sexism or any other things we all find so abhorrent in his administration.”
He also slammed the president-elect for appointing Steve Bannon, a known anti-Semite whose previous company was the main platform for alt-right, as one of the most powerful people in the White House.
“Now here comes alt-right, and we see their true colors, they have this conference in Washington,” Gergen added. “It’s overtly racist, it’s overtly anti-Jewish, it’s anti-Semitic, it’s overtly against women. And it is overtly white supremacist.”