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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 VDare.com, 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 VDARE.com.”

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.

PEPE THE FROG. Q.E.D.

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.”

SO 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?

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Nequam
Nequam
5 years ago

Not so much “horrible” as “stump-fuckingly stupid.”

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
5 years ago

@Nequam,

The guy’s an asshole, but I’m quite sure he’s well read on certain distorted aspects of Jewish culture. He was talking about leftists, the press, etc, when he asked whether they had souls at all, but I have no doubt in my mind that using the term “golem” was entirely intentional in just that context. He was calling everyone who opposes the nazis soulless, mindless, and compelled guardians of the Zionist Overmind.

Much angry.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
5 years ago

I agree – I think Spencer knew exactly what he was saying.

@John, kitten is gorgeous <3
Where did music go, though?

Handsome "Punkle Stan" Jack

#NotMyGodEmperor: Why Are There So Many Actual Fascists in the Warhammer 40K Fandom?

Dis iz why I say t’ mi boyz “liss ‘umies, more dakka”.

Dakka dakka dakka! Takez care o’ dim gud, reel gud. No fascist ‘ere if dey ded.

Nerag
Nerag
5 years ago

Two issues are of concern:
Firstly, why are they afraid of being painted as Nazi’s?
Secondly, Mandate of Heaven? What are you, Imperial China??

Lucrece
Lucrece
5 years ago

Point of order David: Can we really classify Aurini as a “skull enthusiast”?

We have no convincing evidence of his ownership of more than one skull. How many skulls should one own to be considered an “enthusiast”? Are skull representations sufficient? If so, does Aurini own any such items?

Just throwing this out there

Headologist
Headologist
5 years ago

@Lucrece

As a skull enthusiast myself, I am deeply wounded when reminded of Davis’ skull. I would prefer “attempted skull enthusiast,” “poseur extraordinaire,” or even “rambling skull-thief” when we are forced to talk about him.

Then again, one of my skulls is green and glittery and I made it to store sweets, so I’m not that threatened until Davis nicks a skull equally as fabulous.

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
5 years ago

@Mish

I fixed the music link :p

@Lucrece

I think Aurini should be allowed to retain the title of skull enthusiast. I mean, the guy has managed to keep the one in his head intact even though that must be so hard without a brain inside it to balance pressure. That must take some dedication.

Laugher at Bigots, Mincing Betaboy

@Lucrece:

He is (or was) certainly skull-enthusiastic enough to make sure that his toy skull appears in every one of his videos.

Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent
Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent
5 years ago

re: the golem as it relates to Jewish culture

Now I’m reminded of Nimdok’s scenario from the adventure game adaptation of I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream. Hard not to be….

@Handsome Jack

Dis iz why I say t’ mi boyz “liss ‘umies, more dakka”.

Dakka dakka dakka! Takez care o’ dim gud, reel gud. No fascist ‘ere if dey ded.

I concur, as best I can outside of the Ork dialect. (My older, tabletop-enthusiast cousins have warned me against actually playing Warhammer 40k until I have an income of my own for financial reasons, but TV Tropes did me good on getting up to speed.)

Handsome "Punkle Stan" Jack

My older, tabletop-enthusiast cousins have warned me against actually playing Warhammer 40k until I have an income of my own for financial reasons, but TV Tropes did me good on getting up to speed

Das wot vidya games are fo’.

Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent
Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent
5 years ago

@Handsome Jack

Das wot vidya games are fo’.

Perhaps, but you have to remember I’m 16. My father may object to the notion of me obtaining one of the video games relevant to Warhammer 40K. (My mother will!)

Fabe
Fabe
5 years ago

One the subject of warhammer and such any one else excited for the return of “Bloodbowl”? The new box set goes on sale Friday, I plan to pick one up as soon as I can so me a few others can try and get the old league up and running again.

Handsome "Punkle Stan" Jack

@Troubelle

I don’t know what your age has to do with anything.

Of course, my mother got me GTA San Andreas at 13, so I’m guessing you just have more observant or super religious parents.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
5 years ago

@John, that is some great music. A bit like Cat Empire on valium. Angries are gone 🙂

@Handsome “Punkle Stan” Jack,
I got my son GTA, Fallout, etc. before he hit teenager-dom, so … I like your mother.

Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent
Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent
5 years ago

@Jack

Significantly more observant. My first M-rated game was BioShock, while I was on the cusp of 14, but Dad vetted it first (having bought it YEARS ago). A few more later wormed their way onto my played list. (My dad was a bit reluctant to get me BL2, but then he found a good deal on it, so….hyeh. Fun, fun, fun if it’s a low enough price.)

Handsome "Punkle Stan" Jack

I like your mother.

No you don’t. Not if you’ve ever read anything I’ve wrote about her here.

She bought me that and many other games like it literally without knowing the contents within it. It was only until years later when I told her about them after she commented on my cousin’s violent games that she said if she knew that stuff was in it, she wouldn’t have bought them for me.

So, no, you don’t like my mother.

Leftwingfox
Leftwingfox
5 years ago

Fabe: Despite not liking Warhammer or NFL/CFL football, I really enjoy Blood Bowl. Will it be special order only, still?

I really should bite the bullet and order a skaven team to paint up.

sillybill
sillybill
5 years ago

@Troubelle’
re: TZ/’He’s Alive’ – great minds and all that. drifty’s been writing since you were learning yer ABC’s so you’re obviously way ahead of him relatively. 🙂

@Dan, Sinkable John,
Isn’t ‘God Emperor’ a Dune reference? Paul Muad’Dib’s son Leto became a weird mutant who ruled the Empire as God Emperor for 3500 years till finally waxed by terrorist/freedom fighters in the 224th century?

Fabe
Fabe
5 years ago

I don’t know fox,my FLGS already has a bunch of copies but that might just be because the owner knew a few of us would want copies. if you have GW store in your area them they should have plenty to sell on the 25th.

Handsome "Punkle Stan" Jack

@Troubelle

The one Warhammer 40K game I have is an RTS so it’s like more complicated chess thus is educational! Dawn of War II is pretty alright. You can buy just the expansions as they’re standalone to get the factions you want and it’s cheaper.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
5 years ago

I have heard that is a good RTS! Friends swear by it. I avoided it mostly because the player base is very experienced by now, and rookies basically can’t compete. Only the top end of the ladder exists at this point, so very hard to get in. Still, I hear that it’s quite good!

Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent
Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent
5 years ago

@Handsome Jack

I’ll see if I can talk to my cousins on Turkey Day.

re: your mom (no, seriously)

….Some people are just….beh.

re: sillybill

Values Resonance.

….Speaking of Bills, I got a piece of string for my Bill to hang on! I can wear him and show the world his glory!….and show him the “glory” of the world!

Leftwingfox
Leftwingfox
5 years ago

@Fabe: I’ll check it out. 🙂 I was inspired to re-read some of the old blog posts from our league back in the day, and I’d forgotten some of the wackiness. mmbbl.blogspot.com if you’re interested. We had team logos and a lot of puns of varying quality.

Jesalin
Jesalin
5 years ago

I actually had someone respond to trans friend’s journal about transphobia with a statement that they needed to “have an open mind” about the issue, then linked to three separate TERF blogs devoted to delegitimizing trans identity and stalking/harassing trans people.

What. The. Fucking. Hell.

I could say more, so much more, but it’s probably best I leave it at that!

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