On Thursday evening, hours after Hillary Clinton‘s speech pointing out the alternate right’s push toward Republican nominee Donald Trump, the real estate mogul incredulously denied the alternate right’s existence.
Let’s set a clear definition: the alternate right, or the “alt-right,” is a snappy name for anyone aligned with White supremacist views.
On Thursday, Clinton released a damning ad fused with clips of White supremacists publicly announcing their support of Trump. In the ad, the Clinton campaign also specifically singles out Stephen K. Bannon, the head of Breitbart News and the Trump campaign’s CEO. Bannon is a controversial figure, who once told Mother Jones that his publication was the “platform for the alt-right.”
Trump’s unprecedented public display of divisive language has found a warm spot in the hearts of groups who feel the candidate speaks to their deepest fears and instills a return to the old guard with the campaign’s rallying cry, “Make America Great Again.” For them, Trump is framed as a truth-teller, a man unabashed with political correctness and for this he has garnered their support.
On the other hand, the very groups the alt-right are opposed to are also the very people Trump has struggled to connect with.
His relationship with the Black community continues to make national headlines as recent polls show he has less than 5 percent of the Black vote. Last week, the 70-year-old reality star set forth to appeal to Black voters, asking “What the hell do you have to lose?” But his pitch is not lost on many who point out Trump has repeatedly denied speaking to Black groups of influence, including the monolith — the NAACP.
Since announcing his candidacy, Trump has portrayed Mexicans in a demonizing light, repeatedly discussing plans to build a wall dividing the borders. He then set his sights on Muslims and ratcheted up controversial language after it was discovered a Muslim couple carried out the San Bernardino attacks.
Trump proposed a ban, which would block Muslims who seek asylum from entering the country. In July, he went back and forth with the family of a slain Muslim-American soldier’s parents for critiquing his polarizing narratives.
In the last few days, Trump has pivoted on deportation and immigration, doubling back on his hardened tone due to pressure from his new campaign team.
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SOURCES: Mother Jones | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter