How is Trump’s presidency affecting Alt-right?
5.1.1 Trump’s politically incorrect statements
Trump has made multiple statements which would be seen by a lot of people as
politically incorrect. His declarations about immigrants and how they should
not be allowed to enter the United States, and his patronizing view about
Mexico are just two examples of this. These politically incorrect statements
are however exactly what those on the Right appreciate about Trump and why they
idolize him so much.
5.1.2 Why does the alternative right like Trump?
The alt-right movement consist mostly of young people. They want more liberty
and more freedom of speech and the right to offend. This ‘freedom’ however is
for the most part considered racist and misogynist. Trump has made a lot of
populistic statements during his presidency, which have led to a big following
of alt-right supporters. Trump continuously makes statements which include
trades of racism or discrimination on social media platforms like Twitter. Followers
of the alt-right are very loyal to Trump because of his views around freedom of
speech and socially-enforced standards, or how those on the Right often refer
to as political correctness.
Why is the alternative right growing?
Trump’s presidential campaign has given the already existing alternative right members
a lot of confidence and it has furthermore convinced mostly young white males
to follow him and his populistic statements. Another big factor of the growing
alternative right is the increased use of the internet. The far-right is mostly
active online and they will use as many sites as possible to share their
alt-right ideas with the rest of the world. They try to gather as many new
members as possible and they do that by effectively using populistic statements
to convince people that their believes are the right ones to follow.
Trump’s presidency has definitely affected the alt-right in several ways. Trump’s
populistic statements and right ideas have led to a lot of new members in the
alternative right movement and as a result the alt-right has had a significant
increase in popularity. Trump’s continuing tweets which have shown trades of
racism and discrimination have also furthermore resulted in the alt-right
having more faith in Donald Trump.