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Alt-Right Convention: 'Hail Trump!' And Nazi Salutes (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The annual National Policy Institute (NPI) conference on Nov. 18 in Washington D.C. featured a disturbing speech by "alt-right" NPI founder Richard Spencer (video below).

For those who may not be familiar, "alt-right" is short for "alternative right," a movement of white nationalists, supremacists and Trump supporters.

The Atlantic notes that Spencer shouted: "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!" which caused several Nazi-like salutes to go up in the cheering audience.

In another part of his 30-minute speech, Spencer said: "The mainstream media, or perhaps we should refer to them in the original German: 'Lugenpresse.'"

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The Atlantic notes that the Nazis used "Lugenpresse" to refer to their enemies in the press.

Spencer also used the term "cucks," which is short for "cuckservative," a traditional Republican conservative whom the "alt-right" movement deems as "weak and effeminate," according to GQ in August. Trump is not considered a "cuck" by the "alt-right" movement, which has strongly supported him.

Spencer also derisively used the term "golem," a character from Jewish folklore, which appeared to send an Anti-Semitic message.

"It's not just that they are leftists and cucks, it's not just that many are genuinely stupid," Spencer said. "Indeed, one wonders if these people are people at all, or instead soulless golem."

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That line got the attention of CNN, which posted the headline: "Alt-Right Founder Questions If Jews Are People."

While the headline went up, CNN's Jim Sciutto was filling in on "The Lead With Jake Tapper" where he was interviewing Real Clear Politics writer Rebecca Berg and Matt Viser from The Boston Globe about Spencer's quote, and if President-elect Donald Trump should denounce Spencer.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that people on Twitter took their outrage out on CNN and Tapper who had taken the day off (but not Spencer):

"@jimsciutto @jaketapper I know was NOT intentional but maybe apology is in order for seeming to normalize/downplay with the phrasing."

"@jaketapper little advice: NEVER reply w 'am off today' Your show pal. Own it. Apologize. Make right. PS lose the alt right BS=hate is hate."

Tapper replied: "the chyron was abhorrent and I am trying to deal with it. Obviously I take responsibility but my being off is not irrelevant."

More of the tweets aimed at CNN included:

"This just happened on @CNN: Are Jews People?"

"Hey @CNN. 1. You gotta call alt-right what it is - white supremacist. 2. Just b/c some idiot says it doesn't mean you put it on the chyron."

"Hey @CNN, please bring back those fact-checking chyrons from the campaign..."

"Hey @brianstelter, can you help us understand how this came about? Because as a Jew, it feels like CNN is aiding/abetting a new Nazi party."

"America was until this past generation a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity. It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us," Spencer added, in his speech.

That line brought a standing ovation and more Nazi salutes.

Sources: The Atlantic, The Hollywood Reporter, GQ / Photo Credit: The Atlantic/YouTube

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