Twitter savvy netizens might have noticed the hashtag “#altrightmeans” after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave a speech on the topic Thursday. Upon clicking on the tag, hundreds of people began to give their own definition of alt-right, which may or may not be accurate. For the true meaning, check out some quick bullet points below:
1. Alt-right is short hand for “alternative right.”
2. Author and activist Richard Spencer created the term, which has been linked to the “White Nationalist” movement.
3. The alt-right has been associated with the new “white supremacy.”
4. The group wants to preserve white identity and is against multiculturalism and mass immigration.
5. The alt-right claims there is a difference between racism and white identity in politics.
6. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has not officially supported the alt-right, though he has retweeted a message from users with names like “WhiteGenocideTM.”
7. On the flip side, the alt-right has given their unwavering support to Trump, especially after he made his comment about not letting Muslims into the United States.
8. Some Republicans, like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, fear the extremism embedded within the alt-right.
“I have a hard time seeing the thinking behind this. Unfortunately, we see some of it these days,” Ryan told Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes about the group Aug. 5, according to Business Insider. “If I hear things that I think distort conservatism, that disfigure our values... I'm going to defend ourselves so people in this country don't get a misperception about who we are and what we believe in.”
9. Clinton denounced the alt-right in her speech. She tweeted: “Longtime Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke supports Donald Trump because they share so many of the same values.”
Then she shared a quote from a former KKK grand wizard, which read: “Voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage.”
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