Spats between the White House and intelligence agencies are hardly new, though in decades past these feuds tended to be on policy grounds. Trump’s, however, is more personal. Now, the question is not whether he continues to wage war with the intelligence establishment—it is how far he is willing to go.
It’s too soon to tell what will become of the alt-right. While the alt-right is ready to capitalize on Trump’s win, the question is whether it will destroy itself in the process.
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign draws energy from its rowdy, often racist, internet fans. On Wednesday evening it embraced the unhinged shitposters who make up the candidate’s loudest fan base in all their meme-tastic glory.
Trump’s campaign has already energized the once-struggling white nationalist movement. Brexit—living proof that virulently nativist politics can find their way into the mainstream and can deal a severe blow to the global order within the confines of the democratic process—can only embolden them.
“Thank God for Donald J. Trump,” cried National Policy Institute director Richard Spencer into the microphone.
Spencer, 37, has a boyish, straitlaced look about him. With his well-tailored suit and a nicely kempt undercut, he’d meld perfectly into the swarms of youthful think tank employees trotting down Massachusetts Avenue. But NPI is no ordinary Washington think tank.