I was looking at facebook (yes, a mistake I know) when I came upon an in-law’s post about some conference covered by the Atlantic.
People were all upset about it and tying it to Donald Trump.
I was surprised because I had never heard of the organizer of the conference before. His name is Richard Spencer and he claims to have invented the term alt right. His white nationalist group supports Donald Trump, although this group has never been sanctioned, approved or acknowledged by the Trump campaign.
Here’s a taste of what he’s about:
Creepy, despicable, un American and sick, isn’t it?
The media has been having conniptions over this and somehow believe it is what Trump and the Republican party are all about.
Excuse me, but who among us ever even heard of the guy before? Wouldn’t we have come across him if he fit into the Republican platform? Yes, of course, but we haven’t, because he and his group have nothing to do with us.
That still didn’t suit Wolf Blitzer, who interviewed RNC spokesman Sean Spicer about this. No matter how many times Spicer decried the guy, Blitzer kept on:
Jim Geraghty addressed this in a brief article in The Corner at National Review:
Yes, it’s absolutely awful that about 200 white nationalist guys – or maybe 199 guys and former reality television star Tila Tequila – got together at a Washington D.C. convention center, give Nazi salutes, yelled “Hail Trump!” and generally made asses of themselves. Then again, it’s about 200 attendees, according to USA Today. The Washington, D.C. metro area has about 6 million people. It is not that hard to gather a couple dozen or couple hundred people together for just about any idea or concept, no matter how obscure or outlandish. About 80 Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln presenters – don’t call them “impersonators!” – gathered for their convention in Vandalia, Illinois. The white nationalists couldn’t gather as big a crowd as the 300 mermaids and mermen at “MerFest” in Cary, North Carolina last year. Of course, all of these gatherings shrink in comparison to “BronyCon”; about 7,000 grown adults attended the last convention for My Little Pony fans. (You may find that a completely different sign of the Apocalypse.)
Yet from the headlines, you would think that this was some sort of burgeoning mass movement, marching through the streets and taking over the nation’s capital. The Washington Post chose the headline, “attendance rises at annual white nationalist conference in D.C.”, without any actual numbers in the article. CNN declared, “White nationalism, a term once on the fringes, now front and center.” The San Diego Union-Tribune declared, ‘Trump’s win brings ‘white pride’ out of the shadows.” Again, remember: about 200 guys. A lot of the coverage quotes the members and leaders, discussing how quickly their membership is growing and boasting of how influential they will be in the incoming Trump administration. They really seem to believe that they represent a wide swath of Americans, and that they’re coming out of the closet and many will follow. Jared Taylor, editor of a white nationalist journal, tells Vox, “I see a kind of awakening — I think we will see this in local elections. School boards, city councils, mayor, maybe Congress in certain districts,” and Vox’s correspondent concurs, “This kind of politics is on the rise in America.”
Is it really? Or are we witnessing a confluence of media eager to spotlight something that horrifies them and white nationalists eager to believe they’re on the verge of taking over? Because right now, candidates who appeal to the adult My Little Pony fan demographic still appear to have the numeric advantage.
This hysteria is unbelievable, but gird yourselves because we can expect more insanity to come. Just don’t believe everything you read or hear.