Stop Calling Them the ‘Alt-Right’

From Jezebel:

Richard Spencer, president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute and coiner of the term “alt-right,” is described in a recent Mother Jones profile as “an articulate and well-dressed former football player with prom-king good looks and a ‘fashy’ (as in fascism) haircut.” His aim, the piece describes, is to “make racism cool again.” Attendees at this weekend’s NPI-hosted conference, the Los Angeles Times reported, “more resembled Washington lobbyists than the robed Ku Klux Klansmen or skinhead toughs that often represent white supremacists, though they share many familiar views.” The alt-right movement, according to POLITICO, “has been associated with racism and anti-Semitism.”

This last is something of an understatement: The “alt-right” movement, which has gleefully embraced Hillary Clinton’s ill-advised “deplorables” epithet, is a reactionary coalition of white supremacists, neo-monarchists, radical misogynists, and outright fascists. Senior White House advisor Steve Bannon has described his website, Breitbart News, as a “platform for the alt-right.” It is an Internet ideology of resentment that has wound its way from the world of pick-up artistry to Gamergate to, now, the White House. (Jezebel has used the term “alt-right” to refer to this loose conglomerate, among other monikers. Going forward, however, we resolve to be as specific as possible in naming their beliefs.)

Donald Trump Met Privately With Network Executives And Anchors

From HuffPo:

NEW YORK ? President-elect Donald Trump met privately with top network executives and anchors at Trump Tower on Monday for an off-the-record gathering that comes amid serious concerns about the level of access journalists will receive from the incoming White House.

The who’s who of TV news included network presidents, such as NBC’s Deborah Turness and ABC’s James Goldston, and high-profile anchors like CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Network anchors have traditionally held off-the-record lunches with the president ahead of the State of the Union address, and President Barack Obama held several private discussions with leading columnists and commentators. But it’s less common to have both network bosses and top on-air talent to meet with a president, or in this case, the president-elect.

Attendees at Monday’s meeting declined to comment to reporters afterward, given the off-the-record ground rules. By agreeing to such conditions, journalists expected to deliver the news to the public must withhold details of a newsworthy meeting with the president-elect.

And here’s the New York Post’s write up about it:

Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post.

“It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.

“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.

“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,” the source added.

A second source confirmed the fireworks.

“The meeting took place in a big board room and there were about 30 or 40 people, including the big news anchors from all the networks,” the other source said.

“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was [a] network of liars,” the source said.

White Nationalists Chant ‘Heil Victory,’ Rail Against Jews At DC Meeting

From Talking Points Memo:

To celebrate Donald Trump’s presidential victory, dozens of white nationalists descended on the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday to share glasses of wine and make Nazi salutes for the cameras.

The event, organized by the white nationalist National Policy Institute, was part of the movement’s ongoing effort to normalize their brand of “pro-white,” anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant nationalism. Yet there were deep cracks in the facade.

The New York Times reported that by the eleventh hour of speeches and panel discussions cheering Trump’s win and decrying the marginalization of white Americans in coded language, the rhetoric took a blatantly anti-Semitic turn.

In his closing speech, Richard Spencer, NPI president and figurehead of the so-called “alt-right” movement, said that white people, whom he called the “children of the sun,” were “awakening to their own identity” in the Trump era.

Spencer ranted about the mainstream media and asked the audience if they should be referred to “in the original German,” according to the Times. The audience screamed back, “Lügenpresse,” a Nazi-era word that means “lying press” and appeared on signs at several Trump rallies during his campaign.

Spencer also reportedly suggested that the media criticized Trump during the 2016 race to protect Jewish interests.

By the end of his speech, a number of audience members had their arms stretched out in Nazi salutes and cheers of “Heil the people! Heil victory” broke out, according to the report.

Trump-touting Queens road-rage driver spews anti-Muslim hate

From The Daily News:

A man driving an SUV in Queens went on an obscenity-laced anti-Muslim rant, deriding a passenger in another car as a terrorist destined to be deported because Donald Trump has been elected, shocking video obtained by the Daily News shows.

“Trump is President, (expletive),” the man says on the video, taken Thursday. “So you can kiss your (expletive) visa goodbye.”

“They’ll deport you soon,” he adds. “Don’t worry, you (expletive) terrorist.”

The video was taken on Crescent St., which runs through Long Island City and Astoria.

Woman Wearing Head Scarf Accused of Being Muslim, Has Car Vandalized


Just another day in Trump’s America:

A woman who wore a headscarf to protect her from the sun returned from a hike in the East Bay hills to find her car vandalized and burglarized, and a note left behind by the culprits reading “Hijab Wearing Bitch,” officials said Wednesday.

Nicki Pancholy, 41, of Milpitas said she felt fear and panic after discovering the note on her car. She said she is not Muslim and wears a bandanna around her head because she has lupus.

“I did not come the next day for my hike because I was scared to come,” Pancholy said. “I didn’t know who was watching me. I would like for the violence to end with me.”

Police are classifying the incident as a hate crime after the note found on Pancholy’s dashboard read, “Hijab Wearing Bitch. This is our nation, now get the F— out.”