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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In Hillary Clinton’s speech in Reno Thursday night, she called out the alt-right movement and its “racist,” “race-baiting,” “anti-Muslim,” “anti-immigrant” and “anti-woman” tenets. The speech was intended to highlight the strong ties between Donald Trump and this group of nationalists, and paint the picture of a bleak future of a Trump presidency.

Clinton called Trump’s hiring of Stephen Bannon a “de factor merger between Breitbart and the Trump campaign” and said it constituted a “landmark achievement” for the alt-right, a “fringe element” that had “effectively taken over the Republican party.”

Although Clinton’s talk was hard-hitting, today, the worst players in the alt-right movement — some are simply white supremacists — are celebrating their national recognition by a major party candidate.

Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, a white nationalist magazine, live-tweeted the event and expressed his desire for Clinton to discuss the alt-right. After she did, Taylor spoke to The Huffington Post, telling the publication: “We have important things to say and are glad for any opportunity to speak to national audiences.”

William Johnson, leader of the American Freedom Party — and, at one point, a Republican National Committee delegate for the Trump campaign — said of Clinton, “She is doing the white nationalism movement a great service by bringing attention to our issues to the forefront of political debate.”

Taylor and Johnson weren’t the only ones: major players from every corner of the alt-right movement were celebrating.

Andrew Anglin, founder of The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, wrote: “Well guys. We’ve made it.”

“Hillary Clinton is giving a speech about us today,” he continued.

Most concerning, the man who is viewed as coining the term “alternative right,” Richard Spencer, said, in a tweet, that the alt-right was now “the right wing.”

Spencer may not be wrong, considering this is the first time a major party candidate, Trump, has given a platform to such a fringe, toxic group through his new campaign CEO.

It was recently revealed, however, that Bannon was once charged with domestic violence and may have committed voter fraud this year. It’s unclear how this news will effect Trump’s support of Bannon, but many in the GOP have fiercely criticized Trump’s pick.
Photo: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo
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