The alt-right has been in the media a great deal lately, many on the Left pointing a finger at the supposed boogeyman and others on the right distancing themselves from the movement in general. To some it is simply a group on the right that embodies a strong desire for smaller more limited government, to others it is a white supremacist movement.
Regardless of how you view them, there is little doubt they played a part in electing Donald Trump.
When asked about his alt-right supporters he said:
Trump on alt-right supporters: "It's not a group I want to energize. And if they are energized I want to look into it and find out why."
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
So not exactly a supportive stance where the alt-right is concerned.
— Lauren Raab (@raablauren) November 22, 2016
What is energized? Considering many of them feel they helped Trump win the election, they appear to be more empowered and “energized” in social media than ever. Perhaps Trump should do a basic search on Twitter and take a look at what the movement promotes and even posts about him.
@maggieNYT will he come out against them on social media?
— jacqui (@jacquimiller) November 22, 2016
— Sabina Park (@alliemorgiemom) November 22, 2016