Did College Campuses Help Fuel the Rise of the Alt-Right?

“Alt-right” is a term used loosely to describe an extreme right-wing movement that pushes nationalism, but what does it really mean?

The “alt” signifies “alternate” because the alt-right is a separate movement that is attempting to replace the real conservative right. On radio Tuesday, Glenn, Pat and Stu parsed the term “alt-right” as well as the movement itself, with Stu explaining where it came from and why some conservatives helped fuel its rise to their detriment.

Conservatives on college campuses boosted the alt-right by inviting people like Milo Yiannopoulos to represent them and supporting the news site Breitbart.

“The problem is when you adopt people like this, they change your organization,” Stu said. “When you allow your principles to go out the window for a burst of attention, you give up something of yourself.”

Glenn pointed out that while conservatives are too often grouped in with the nationalist movement, the alt-right is separate by definition.

“So if it’s the ‘alternate right,’ what it’s saying is ‘We are something to be used instead of the conservative constitutional movement,’” he said.

GLENN: Hello, America. So there's a couple of things. The -- the amazing way this is all being spun in the media that is making all of us believe that the country is full of Nazis and the -- the right believes that the Nazis are okay. And that the left is completely clean. Or that it's just the media that is stirring this up. None of that is true. None of that is true.

Do we have more Nazis in America than I thought? Yeah. Do we have more communists in America than I thought? Yeah. Are there people trying to get to us tear each other apart? Yeah.

Is the media making this into more than it is? Yeah. Is the right media also blaming everything on the media and not looking in and doing any self-reflection, as we accused the left media of doing? Yeah. But that's not the problem.

That's really not the problem. But can we just -- can we just take these one by one?

Does anybody really believe that Donald Trump is a secret Nazi?

STU: No.

GLENN: Right?

STU: No.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Does anybody believe that Donald Trump is a secret Klan member?

STU: No.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Does anybody believe that Donald Trump is secretly in bed with Vladimir Putin because he thinks he can control the world or thwart America or he's got some business pact with Putin that, screw America? Does anybody believe that?

PAT: No.

GLENN: No. I don't. Stu is -- you think --

STU: Hmm.

No.

(chuckling)

GLENN: Now, let me rephrase -- no, let me just ask the next question: Do we believe that Donald Trump or people around him are no different than the Democrats were when they brought in communist and Marxist radicals. Bill Ayers. People who want to destroy the country because they believe they can use those guys as fuel, as useful idiots for votes, for fundraising, or whatever. Do we believe that the right is just as guilty as the left?

STU: There's definitely aspects of that, that are true.

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: Tell me what's happening on campuses, Stu.

STU: Well, I mean, there's a great story on National Review today about how, you know, the alt-right, which should be a giant nothing, right? It should be a giant zilch in our world; however, a lot of conservative groups, particularly campus conservative groups, gave a platform to people like Milo, whatever his name is, to -- because they thought it was something, "We'll get a lot of attention for our group. Yeah, he's kind of crazy. But we'll bring him in. It will piss off the other side, and we'll get some attention. And we'll get to play the victims because, you know, it will look like people are cracking down on free speech. And we'll be able to push back on that and say, 'Hey, we're free speech people.'"

And they braced that part of it. A lot of things that are good, right? I mean, like, free speech is good. We all obviously believe it. We obviously want people to look at the viewpoints of the right.

The problem is, when you adopt people like this, they change your organization. They change who you are. When you allow your principles to go out the window for a moment -- a burst of attention, you give up so much of yourself. And so many groups did this, many which we like, frankly, that wound up embracing this sort of mindset when it didn't feel like a threat. Now we're at a point where people are running over people in protest lines, and the same people that Milo, Milo was saying was the intellectual centerpiece of the movement he was talking about, the alt-right, that guy, Richard Spencer is the guy leading these rallies and doing Nazi salutes.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

STU: So you can say -- at one point there was a probably a point where you could say, "Well, look, I mean, he's not really doing that. I'm sure he's not really that person. You know, Breitbart has got a lot of really good stories." And they do. Breitbart has some good stories. They do take viewpoints that everyone in this room would agree with.

But when you allow that to infest and infect your world, it changes your world and it changes you.

GLENN: So can someone tell me alt-right, "alt" is the shorthand for what word?

STU: Alternative.

PAT: Altimeter?

GLENN: No.

PAT: Alternator?

GLENN: No.

STU: Alternator.

GLENN: Seriously, it is?

STU: Alternate.

GLENN: Alternate. Somebody define "alternate" for me.

PAT: Something used instead of something else.

GLENN: Something used instead of something else.

PAT: Uh-huh.

STU: Uh-huh.

GLENN: So if it's the alternate right, what it's saying is, we are something to be used instead of the conservative constitutional movement.

STU: Uh-huh. The literal definition of alternate is taking the place of.

GLENN: Hmm.

PAT: Hmm.

GLENN: So the alt-right, which the right opened its doors and said, "Come on in," announced, "We are the group that will take the place of you."

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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