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White pride goeth before a fall: Alt-rightists turn on each other over “hail Trump” vid

The Alt-Right: Definitely not a bunch of Nazis, no way!
The Alt-Right: Definitely not a bunch of Nazis, no way!

You might think the Alt-Right — that motley gang of Nazis, Nazi-apologists, and Nazi-apologist-apologists that has provided Donald Trump with some of his most fervent support — would be riding high right now.

Their “God Emperor” has been elected president. Traffic to their most popular websites, from Breitbart to the Daily Stormer, is soaring. The latest National Policy Institute conference, which brought hundreds of alt-righters to Washington DC this past weekend, got more attention from the mainstream media than it ever has before.

It’s that last item that’s turning into a bit of a problem — at least for those alt-rightists who like to pretend that they’re not really Nazis at all. Yesterday I posted a chilling video from the event, showing  conference-organizer Richard Spencer, clearly feeling a bit chuffed by the at-right’s recent victories,  crying out “hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory” to a large crowd, some of whom responded with Nazi salutes.

D’oh! They’re not supposed to be doing that in public.

And so, as the video of Spencer’s speech went viral, posted on countless news outlets and replayed on cable news, a veritable civil war erupted on the alt-right over Spencer’s words and the now infamous “Hail Trump” salutes.

Alt-right fellow traveler (and erstwhile juice seller) Mike Cernovich, clearly upset by the bad publicity the video was bringing to the movement he has hitched his star to, accused Spencer and the Nazi saluters of being secret shills trying to make the good men of the alt-right look like the Hitler-loving Nazis they so often declare themselves not to be.

“Let’s assume your goal is to normalize Nazis, which is what has been said at Richard Spencer,” Cernovich declared in a blog post with the combative title This is What Controlled Opposition Looks Like.

If you wanted to normalize being a Nazi, would you throw up an Heil Hitler in public after you invited over 100 fake news journalists to your event? Think this one through before forming an opinion.

Note: By “fake news journalists” Cernovich of course means real “news journalists.’

Why then were people at the event throwing up the HH? What tactical or strategic purpose could that possibly serve?

This is what controlled opposition looks like.

The Atlantic (and perhaps the CIA) is building up Richard’s brand, giving him millions in free PR. The fake news media ties Richard to Trump. In exchange for these goodies, Richard throws up a HH.

Damn you, The Atlantic (and perhaps the CIA)!

Cernovich was hardly the only one to cry foul.

Fantasy author and bigot extraordinaire Theodore “Vox Day” Beale didn’t go quite as far as Cernovich. But, in a post on his Vox Popoli blog, he declared the Nazi saluters “idiots” and attacked Spencer himself for being “tactically retarded.”

Beale dismissed the whole “Hail Trump” business as a “minor incident” that had been magnified by the evil mainstream media. He then offered a rather spectacularly backhanded “defense” of Spencer

No, I don’t think Richard is a federal agent or an actual controlled opposition figure,” Beale wrote, before twisting the knife a little.

I think Mike would have been more accurate to say “controllable opposition” or “dancing monkey”. 

Usually when you’re defending someone you don’t call them a “dancing monkey,” but whatevs.

There was nothing actually wrong with what Richard said. … It wasn’t a big deal. But it was a foolish thing to do. The media is absolutely slavering to be able to have REAL PROOF that the Alt-Right are no-good, very-evil Nazis so that they can use it as a weapon against President-elect Trump, giving them ANYTHING is tactically retarded.

Nazi salutes in public, in full view of the media, are bad for the Trump.

It’s not about Richard. It’s about Donald Trump. If Richard is genuinely supportive of Trump, then pulling that sort of stunt was the very last thing he should have done. Making yourself the news story at the expense of the individual you are supposedly supporting and celebrating smacks of being self-serving. As Mike said, dress up like a Nazi, speak bad German and wear a swastika armband if you want, just leave Trump out of it.

Richard has failed to learn the lesson of #GamerGate and the principles of 4GW. He wants to be the media-anointed leader of the Alt-Right because he believes, wrongly, that this will help him achieve his objectives. It won’t. As Mike and I have both noted, the media elevates fringe figures to “leadership” specifically in order to attack the movement through them. 

Oh, but Beale isn’t jealous of the attention Spencer has been getting. Ha! As if! So not jealous.

I am not opposed to Richard or jealous of Richard, nor do I want the attention he is receiving. I rather like him, I simply don’t think he understands that the media intends for him to become a David Duke figure, a weapon available for deployment against any politician or program that he nominally supports.

Yes, how terrible it is that the media compares people with basically the same views as David Duke to … David Duke!

On, meanwhile, anti-immigrant crusader Peter Brimelow attacked the saluters, declaring that their “juvenile bravado undercut NPI’s conference triumph, the cause of immigration patriotism, and”

But Brimelow somehow managed to blame not them but the media and the anti-anti-immigrant left, noting unhappily that fans of his website “came up to me in consternation” after

Spencer concluded his emotional defense of whites with the words, apparently extemporized: “Hail Trump! Hail Our People! Hail Victory!” He got a standing ovation, but several in the crowd added Nazi salutes. We had been assured that the press had been excluded but experience has taught this cannot be relied upon.

Damn those reporters for … actually reporting!

Also, leftists and the media were also responsible for the Nazi salutes themselves — by unfairly smearing totally not racist anti-immigration crusaders like himself. “[T]his continued vilification,” Brimelow sniffed,

has resulted a younger generation of Americans who, 71 years after the end of World War II, are clearly indifferent to accusations of Nazism, even if just out of bravado. This, too, is the fault of the Left and the gatekeepers of our public debate.

Well, that’s one way of looking at it, I guess. One bizarre, wrong way.

The unlovely and untalented Matt Forney offered a somewhat less backhanded defense of Spencer and his fans’ “Roman salutes.”

While Mike Cernovich recently accused Spencer and NPI of being controlled opposition due to several of the attendees jokingly making Roman salutes at the end of the conference, I have to pour cold water on this notion. The alt-Right is increasingly driven by young men who enjoy trolling for trolling’s sake and getting a rise out of the normies.

IT WAS ALL A JOKE HA HA HA HOW could anyone think that a bunch of people who walk like Hitler, talk like Hitler and salute like Hitler could actually have anything to do with Hitler.

Hell, our nametags even had pictures of Pepe the Frog on them.


While I can see why Cernovich might think the stunt was dumb, it wasn’t motivated by anything other than a desire to offend the MSM’s sensibilities. There are certainly feds who have infiltrated the alt-Right—he’s right to warn us on that front—but Spencer and NPI aren’t among them.

An even stranger, er, analysis of the whole kerfuffle comes from the farther reaches of Anton Lavey cosplayer and skull enthusiast Davis Aurini.

Vox Day corrects some of the wilder claims made by Cernovich (it is unlikely that Richard Spencer is a government plant; his hair is too fabulous), but the thrust of the argument remains. We have been using the tactics of the underdog for some time now. As many have noted, we’re the new anti-establishment hippies … but we’re no longer the underdog – and if we continue to use underdog tactics, we will become no different than the neo-hippies whom we are in the process of replacing. We will continue to fight the last war, and we will lose as certainly as Hitler’s Germany did, paving the way for the destruction of our own people.

So is he suggesting that the main problem with Hitler is that he lost? Who knows.

We cannot hope to get anywhere if we continue to be reactionary. The way to crush the Left isn’t to fight them; then we merely become them. The way to crush the left is to return to the upward pull, to build a civilization which glorifies God and which has earned the Mandate of Heaven. To strive for perfection while forgiving imperfection, rather than defining perfection as whatever we are already, while attacking those who are unlike us.

I’m sorry, I dozed off for a minute there.

What of the man at the center of this alt-hurricane? Richard Spencer is taking the Forney Way, declaring that it was all just one big hilarious joke.

“There’s an ironic exuberance to it all,” Spencer told NBC news.  “I think that’s … one of the things that makes the alt-right fun, is that we’re willing to do things that are a bit cheeky.”


Here’s that video again. I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time seeing anything he said as “cheeky” or “ironic,” much less “fun.”

Who are you going to believe, Spencer — or your lying eyes?

193 replies on “White pride goeth before a fall: Alt-rightists turn on each other over “hail Trump” vid”

@Sinkable John

-has renewed desire for fancy choc-

Understandable. Admittedly, I do occasionally vent through them, but the worst I’ve let ’em do towards someone is call someone a weeaboo. (The recipient A. doesn’t know their true nature yet and B. likes JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, so I used that to emphasize that This Is The Antagonist.)

More OT, sorry. This has to come out.

So I was combing through old, very old files that I managed to scavenge from a bunch of various USB drives and even a few CDs. Among them, A LOT of photos that I took at various points when I was between 9 and 12.

… there’s pics of a 2004 trip to Syria in there. More specifically, Aleppo. Two weeks in Aleppo. A lot of pictures of the city, and a lot of pictures of the friends I made there. I’m gonna be fucking sick.

It’s not even the first time. Some of those I had duplicates of, and I found those a few months ago. But they were just your common tourism pics. It was just buildings and stuff, and it was heartbreaking enough already when compared to recent pics. But those didn’t show friends.

Fuck I’m not sure I even remembered I made friends there. Probably wilfully started to forget the moment the war began.

@Troubelle, given the “Bellona/ Bellatrice” thing, it could also be short for “pants of war.”

@Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden, I’m so sorry. Laundry help if you need it, as I am wont to say, I’m crap at hugs.


So sorry.
I tried to find a picture of kittens with chocolate to send you, as poor imitation of your wonderful friend’s gift mentioned above. Nothing was no good, so here is some music instead.
Lots and lots hugs for you <3

@Sinkable John

….I wish I hadn’t been late.

I’m honestly not sure what to say, not having the experience you had. I produce the words my condolences, but…what do those two words mean?

Am okay. I grabbed some food and a coffee, feels better.

I’m not sure why the memory lapse though. It’s weird, feels like I forgot much more recently than 2011, like I still remembered say two weeks ago. Or like I never forgot but still felt the shock of remembering. Maybe just seeing their faces after so long…?

Lots of feel-good pics in there too. Like a few of Tiny Me on top of the Citadel walls. Yeah, that’s a thing that you could do. Clamber on top of a historical monument, and no one bats an eyelash. Syria’s awesome.

… actually, half those pics are of Tiny Me on top of various crumbling structures. The other half were apparently taken from those vantage points. Seriously, who lets an 11 yr old climb on top of a centuries old, 30 ft high church that’s missing half its outer walls ?

Guess my dad did have some awesome in him after all, heh.

@Aunt Podger

I laughed a lot at the laundry help, thank you :p


Hadn’t listened to the Cat Empire in so long ! Thanks for that 😀
And don’t worry, I’m not even such a big fan of chocolate anyway.


Y’know, being late is actually a great quality 🙂
Don’t worry too much about words. I don’t have the ones I need right now to describe how I feel about these pics and I don’t think it’d do me any good if I could find them. And I get whatcha mean anyway. Thanks 🙂

@Sinkable John.

….heh. Wish I could make ya somethin’, at least.

Or maybe I’m projecting my desire for udon noodles.

<3 Sinkable John. That's really rough. I hope the fact that you at least got to go there, meet those people, see those things is a comfort at least.

Seriously, who lets an 11 yr old climb on top of a centuries old, 30 ft high church that’s missing half its outer walls ?

A super awesome parent does that!

the fact that you at least got to go there, meet those people, see those things

Yus, that’s what I’m cramming my brain with right now.

Of course, then I stumbled on something else. Y’know that portrait of Assad, the one that hangs pretty much everywhere in the country ? Well I’ve got a pic of that portrait… in a museum. Part of the permanent exhibit.

Somewhere in Aleppo, there’s a (probably closed, maybe ruined) museum with, on exhibit, a propaganda portrait bearing the face of the guy who leveled half the town and just this week gassed another family of 6.

Somewhere in my own country, a guy named Alain Soral posed for a group photo with other national embarassments, with that same portrait hanging on the wall above them.

Funny how the present comes back to bite the past in the ass. Thought it was supposed to be the other way around ?

Normally I find crabs kinda creepy (it’s the legs, I think I got a problem with things that have way more legs than should be legally allowed) but that crab is best crab.

And gaming cat ! Before he died, one of my cats had a funny (and nasty) habit. He just loved the sound that my PS3 made. Guess it sounded like purring ? Anyway he’d walk right up to it, stare at it, then start rubbing against it. Y’know where the restart button is placed on those things ? Yeah, you guessed it : right where it’s easiest for a cat to rub against. Then the reboot sounds would startle him and he’d run away while I was letting out a big sigh at the prospect of having to beat that super difficult boss again.

Also, a quick google search landed me on TV Tropes about 40 minutes ago. I only just walked out. I’m gonna install a parental filter, block that site, and let someone else set the password before murdering them.

@anyone still on this rapidly ageing thread,

Sorry for so many posts today. Supposed to be marking assignments but can’t concentrate. My wonderful mum is right now having surgery to try to find the thing that’s causing internal bleeding and severe anaemia and I’m really scared. The hospital will call us as soon as she’s awake and we can go take her home.
I am distracting myself with Mammoth and social media and TV Tropes – John, I know, it’s an evil place!

Those kitties are so sweet that they make my heart ache.

Thinking good thoughts for you and your mum. I wish there was something more concrete I could do.

Seconding Viscaria and Axe. I hope this turns out alright 🙂

Also these are amazing cats. And don’t worry about too many posts. I mean some of us (ahem) have been spamming this thread for a while now :p

I’m trying to find it in me to write but it ain’t working. It’s 6am and the night was spent swinging back and forth between reading/posting comments and proofreading my work for the 50th time. Insomnia :3

Late because I made brownies!

Best wishes to Mish’s mother, first and foremost.


All for noodle crab!

@Sinkable John

Blocking…TV Tropes? …


You are making a grave mistake.


TV Tropes is evil. EVIL.

That said, I have the same problem with, believe it or not, freaking Wikipedia. Actually, I think it’s just all wikis. Might as well block the whole Internet if I ever hope to get anything done.

Speaking of rabbit holes…

Late because I made brownies!

….I wish I hadn’t been late.


You wouldn’t happen to own a waistcoat and a pocket watch, by chance ? 🙂

@Sinkable John

Wastcoat, two. Pocketwatch, no. Reference not completely got.

And if I hadn’t gotten hooked on TV Tropes, I wouldn’t be on this site (which I heard of via FTDST via TV Tropes back when they had a page on it). Or heard of….a lot of things, including Don’t Starve and Gravity Falls.

No need for dressing up, you already are the White Rabbit ! By virtue of obsessing over being late, and lurking in rabbit holes like TV Tropes. The rest is kinda just decorum.

I actually had a White Rabbit joke, but I don’t remember it because then I got distracted by Snopes’ takedown of pizzagate. Guess it wasn’t that funny if I forgot.

Anyway :

@Sinkable John

That said, I have the same problem with, believe it or not, freaking Wikipedia. Actually, I think it’s just all wikis.

I recall a quotation (which I can’t find atm, but IIRC was attributed at the time to Mark Twain) to the effect that the definition of an [ableist term for low mental capacity, I forget which one] is someone who opens an encyclopedia, turns to the page with the entry they’re looking for, reads the entry, and closes the book. I have the same problem with wikis, there’s always another link that contains interesting information.


So… it means we smart ?

I can live with that. Consider yourself redeemed, Internet.

@Mish, all my best thoughts for your mum. I hope that she a) has very very excellent healthcare professionals and b) turns out not to need them.

I recall a quotation (which I can’t find atm, but IIRC was attributed at the time to Mark Twain) to the effect that the definition of an [ableist term for low mental capacity, I forget which one] is someone who opens an encyclopedia, turns to the page with the entry they’re looking for, reads the entry, and closes the book. I have the same problem with wikis, there’s always another link that contains interesting information.

Umm..when I was in elementary school we would have spelling assignments. Simple really, look up the words and use each on in a sentence. I tended to get distracted and ended up spending more time reading the dictionary than writing my words and sentences. *blush*


That’s pretty much how I failed my studies. Couldn’t pass the graduation exams because I was too busy learning stuff that I deemed interesting instead of whatever the actual subjects were.

Okay, also I was just extremely bad at it, no denying that. Them papers they start making you do in high school Literature, History or Philosophy classes ? Never could get the hang of it. I swear I got the point most of the time, but I was seriously lacking in the “how to structure your work” department, which for some reason was more important than, y’know, getting the goddamn point.

Thankfully the second half of the Literature exam featured a choice of papers to produce : it was either commentary, dissertation, or “écriture d’invention” – dunno if that exists outside of France. Basically you read the text, and they tell you to write something on that basis with a vague “what if” to work on. I completely failed the first half (1/8 for effort) but I picked that third option for the second one. Total score ? 13/20. WHOOP.

Of course that wasn’t enough to average out my terrible marks in the other subjects, especially with Philosophy (a nice 3/20) having a very high rating in the final count.

*rambling mode off*


Haven’t heard any news, is your mum okay ? I hope everything’s fine. Hugs.

You folks are freaking amazing and I’m quite overwhelmed and humbled. Got home late last night, turned my phone back on, and saw your messages – lovely to have in my mind as I went to sleep.

Mum (her name’s Mahala, btw) is doing ok. No cause found for the anaemia as yet so more tests required. They found quite a few large polyps which have been removed and sent to pathology. Apparently polyps are where the big C can start. I shall ask Joekster about it if I can catch him. In sum, we’re waiting on lab results and will go from there.

We drove her home, where my big bro (he and mum are housemates) was waiting with the cat, a cup of tea, and biscuits. He was completely sober which is a big deal for him.

Thank you all so much. I’m very lucky to know you guise <3 <3 <3

I’m sending you, your mum, and the rest of your family, including the beauteous cats, a large assortment of hugs and hug alternatives. Take what you like and pass the rest along to someone in need.

I went through a similar scare with my mother years ago. A lot of blood and some polyps and an emergency surgery were involved; luckily, there was no cancer. May your mother be as fortunate.

We’re rooting for you, Mahala, and the rest of your family!


All hugs and alternatives accepted, with much gratitude. Thank you for your beautiful post. You really are one of the most generous people I ‘know’ <3

I love how every time one of their craziest acts out of line in public,they AUTOMATICALLY decide in their head that it’s a evil libral in disguise. I bet even if (heaven forbid) someone of color or a homosexual got hung, they’d still find a way to say this is a leftist scheme to make them look bad. You idiots can obviously do bad all by yourself >:(

Ahahahahaha! I love the idea of dissention in their ranks. This is totally God’s doing. He hear’s his REAL childrens prayers and He answers us. This is only the beginning. God’s gonna crush the Alt Right underfoot and grind them to powder! Mark my words, they WILL continue turning on each other until they no longer exist. And Trump is going to be a yuuugge disappointment to them because GOD is turning that man’s heart in the direction of the poor and minorities. An Alt Right nightmare is about to unfold! BANK ON IT! Hahahahaha. 😉

The first part of your post was kinda violent.

But this was cool:

And Trump is going to be a yuuugge disappointment to them because GOD is turning that man’s heart in the direction of the poor and minorities. An Alt Right nightmare is about to unfold!

I’d be very happy to witness this turn of events.

@ Feliz,
Um, that’s very, um, Christian of you, um, I guess.
[Bows head, commences prayer: “Lord God, in whom I don’t believe, please let this not be the start of a Fundy troll incursion.”]

@SpukiKitty: Were you on FSTDT? Your username seems familiar.
*seconds the healing vibes to Mish and company*

@ JohnSinkable: TVTropes is a fothermucking sinkhole for time! I avoid that along with WebMD now (but obviously for different reasons)

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