“Spencer, wrote Hunter Wallace, the pen name of neo-Confederate white nationalist Brad Griffin, on the influential white nationalist site Occidental Dissent, is the Alt-Right’s “acknowledged leader.”
This article refers to an old 2010 post here in which we were discussing AlternativeRight.com which everyone knows was Richard Spencer’s website.
“Trump’s big social-media boost for the phony black-crime stats was further proof that Trump had “laid out the red carpet for all those who want to move beyond the last 20 years of internet isolation and anonymity,” as Brad Griffin, who blogs on Occidental Dissent, wrote after Trump announced his immigration plan. “All those people, long laughed at and excluded from the ‘mainstream,’ who were cast out beyond the wall of ‘respectability,’ are now in the tank for Donald Trump.” …
The alt-right viewed Trump’s subsequent remarks on MSNBC’s Morning Joe—”David Duke is a bad person who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years”—not as a sign of retreat, but as one of strength. Griffin described it on Occidental Dissent as a “disavowal,” in scare quotes, and applauded Trump’s “refusal to cuck and?condemn ‘white?supremacists’” more broadly. …
In late August, Occidental Dissent’s Brad Griffin?mused about the possibility of a Trump win: “Can you imagine?a world in which White Nationalists have come out of the closet, the charge of ‘racism’ elicits only a ‘meh’ and shrugged shoulders, and we have begun to openly organize? Don’t underestimate the power of the presidency to legitimize marginalized people and deviant movements. If Barack Obama can legitimize gay marriage and transsexuals, Donald Trump can legitimize the Alt-Right.”
Trump was only the spark that caused the explosion.
All the ingredients for 2016 were there long before Trump. It just needed a catalyst – a candidate with the money, the celebrity, the platform to challenge the status quo. In the end, the money wasn’t even really that important since Trump’s campaign was supported by an unprecedented number of small donors.
Note: Damon Linker thinks this is an “ominous American future.” I think that is pretty mild compared to where we will be at by 2024 to 2028.