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Will the Conciliatory Spirit Last?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 14:02
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The next 4 years may not be a good time to have gotten in the way of Donald Trump and his followers. This was the scene at Trump’s victory party:

Some continued to vent the anger that lingered at the end of a toxic campaign. Chants of “lock her up” periodically went up in the hall throughout the night. One older man in a red Make America Great Again hat angrily poked a cameraman on his way out the door and snarled, “The media sucks.” …

Milo Yiannopoulos, the alt-right provocateur who works at Breitbart, railed against a group of reporters recording him. “American progressives should be thanking their lucky stars that Donald Trump is the worst thing that happened, because you have been lying to and about people for decades,” he said, decked out in sunglasses and chain necklaces.

Matthew Sheldon, a publicist accompanying Yiannopoulos, continued where Yiannopoulos left off. “You blew it,” he shouted at reporters. “The corrupt media couldn’t change this election.”

Hack-fraud journalist and self-styled Internet troll Chuck Johnson was also on hand:

“The trolls won,” he said, calling this election, “the comment section against the article.”

“We memed the president into the Oval Office,” he said, referring to the viral images he and his online allies manufactured and disseminated across the Internet. Johnson, headphones around his neck, touted the election as proof of the power of the “cracker coalition.”

And he said now he planned to turn his fire on Republicans. “We hunt down the cucks,” he said, using alt-right slang for conservatives considered insufficiently committed to the movement’s ideas.

That is, the alt-right movement, as opposed to the conservative movement.

Overall, the tone was described as conciliatory. But in light of Trump’s infamous vindictiveness and the extreme nastiness of his more energized supporters in the Internet fever swamps, it will be pleasantly surprising if it stays that way.

Beware the wrath of the Donald and his acolytes.

On a tip from Torcer.


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