Excerpt from RedState
Written by Jim Jamitis
The benignly named National Policy Institute (NPI), Richard Spencer’s alt-right, white nationalist organization held a conference in Washington, DC this weekend. RedState’s Jay Caruso covered the clash between the white nationalists and protesters here yesterday. Naturally, the violence has been the focus of much of the media attention, but today we’re learning more about the conference itself and the ideas being promoted there.
Part of what made Trump such a controversial nominee for so many on both the right and the left was his appeal to the alt-right. Even if Trump isn’t part of the movement itself, something about Trump has energized these white nationalists. Thanks to Trump’s election they feel as if they have made their entry into mainstream politics. Many described yesterday’s conference as a “victory lap” for the alt-right.