Some quick points on the below video, for the sake of context:
- Meet Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute and well-known in political circles as the creator of the "alt-right" and a self-described white supremacist
- He's literally a straight-up Nazi.
- No, for real, he's an actual, straight-up Nazi. Here's a video of him yelling "Hail Trump!" and calling for ethnic cleansing and knowingly calling out the "lugenpresse" (a Nazi-era German term meaning "lying press") and JESUS CHRIST THIS IS REAL:
Despite the overwhelming abundance of evidence that they not only hold similar beliefs to Nazis, but actually WANT to act like Nazis, many news organizations insist on avoiding the term entirely - likely due to the influence of Godwin's Law, the maxim that dictates that all online discussions will eventually devolve into one party calling the other party Nazis or Hitler eventually. Comparing a group of people to Nazis is generally thought of as cheap and intellectually-lazy.
But this isn't just any other online discussion - these people are doing the Nazi salute. They are literally questioning whether Jews count as people. They're not alt-right - these are ACTUAL NAZIS. And yet The New York Times, The LA Times, CNN and many more media outlets keep using the coded term "alt-right."
People are a littttttle upset by these turn of events...
What is happening. pic.twitter.com/zCb919JVyN-- Alanna Vagianos (@lannadelgrey) November 21, 2016
I love that CNN still won't call them Neo Nazis. "Are Jews people," asks fun, fresh-faced organization. https://t.co/6Iz67JfIcI-- Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) November 21, 2016
The fuck is wrong with y'all pic.twitter.com/MAgaVA5P78-- Ira Madison III (@ira) November 21, 2016
"Meet the alt-right tastemaker putting his stamp on the DC club scene" ~ LA Times pic.twitter.com/VGoNjeEsyc-- Scott Charles (@TheScottCharles) November 21, 2016
Past 65 years: Nazis are go to examples of bad guys.-- Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 22, 2016
Today: Look how well they dress!
Make America Great Again!-- Daniel Kibblesmith (@kibblesmith) November 22, 2016
Oh right, like when we defeated Hitler!
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa now hold on now there cowpoke
Calling nazis "alt right" is like calling cancer "alt cell growth."-- Mary Beth Williams (@embeedub) November 22, 2016
To add a capper to this story, Richard Spencer apparently claims that the Nazi salutes were just some folks being ironic and exuberant (because, ya know, whenever anyone's feeling ironic, they like to do a Nazi salute):
Richard Spencer just texted me that the Nazi salutes at his Sat speech were "clearly done in a spirit of irony and exuberance."-- P.J. Tobia (@PJTobia) November 21, 2016
And in case you were still a little unsure of all of this, keep in mind that Ann Coulter has come to the defense of actual Nazis:
Total # of deaths connected to American Nazi Party in last quarter century: ZERO; Total # of deaths connected to Al Sharpton: 9 I know of.-- Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 22, 2016