Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Trump Asks, 'What About the Alt-Left?' Here's an Answer

Trump Asks, 'What About the Alt-Left?' Here's an Answer

"There are not two sides, there's disgusting hateful enemies of America, enemies of freedom, and there were people exercising their free speech", MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace said.

The group found its identity on the internet and was cultivated websites such as neo-Nazi outlet the Daily Stormer and Breitbart News, the website formerly run by Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

Sen. [John] McCain said that the "alt-right" is behind these attacks, and he linked that same group to those who perpetrated the attack in Charlottesville.

The phrase "alt-right" has been part of the mainstream political vocabulary for some time now, but on Tuesday evening (15 August), Donald Trump discussed the rise of the alt-left.

"Let me ask you this: What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs?" Trump said there was blame "on many sides" and failed to call out white supremacists and their organizations by name. "Far-right and alt-right groups online would come up with a conspiracy theory or create a meme or use terminology such as 'alt-left.' Trump uses it and broadcasts these ideas to a much, much wider audience, and they become central to the political discourse".

"Okay, what about the alt-left", he mused in response to a question about the culpability of self-described "alt-right" groups in the domestic-terror attack.

Many voices said the statement was late in coming, yet many also conceded that the president had rightly placed the blame and the administration and the nation could now move on to other important issues.

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"Avoid using "alt-right" generically and without definition because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters' actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience", wrote Daniszewski.

By saying "on many sides" Trump "not only fuels a misleading account of what actually happened but shamefully puts the counter-protestors on the same moral level as those carrying Nazi flags and chanting vile racist rants", Booker said.

"The President of the United States just went on TV & defended people attending a white supremacist rally of neoNazis & klansmen".

During President Donald Trump's mostly improvised press conference Tuesday at Trump Tower in New York City, he provided a significant signal boost to terms that were probably new to many in the audience.

"Fascist", of course, has always been a term of abuse on the left that has not, historically, been restricted to actual fascists, but applied liberally to Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, George W Bush and many others before Trump.

One person who was very happy with the words of the US President was the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, who just as quickly reacted on Twitter, thanking the President "for your honesty and courage".

"The hatred and violence by White Supremacists in Charlottesville must be condemned". The other opposes racism and bigotry.

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