Supporters of the so-called alt-right movement celebrated Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMatt Schlapp: 5 lessons Paul Ryan hopefully learned from healthcare debate Former DNC chair: Russian election hacking an ‘act of war’ Prices dictate energy supply trends far more than policy MORE’s election victory at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
“I do think we have a psychic connection, a deeper connection with Donald Trump, in a way we simply do not have with most Republicans,” Richard Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute, said at a press conference at the Ronald Reagan Building, Politico reported.
According to the newspaper, Spencer made clear that he doesn’t believe Trump is a member of the alt-right movement that has been associated with racism and anti-Semitism, but that he thinks Trump and the movement complement each other.
"I think the alt-right, in a way, was too often talking to itself, a head without a body,” said Spencer, who popularized the phrase alt-right after setting up a website called Alternative Right in 2010. “The Trump movement was a body without a head.”
The Washington Post reported that when a reporter asked if the alt-right was a way to rebrand racism, one attendee could be heard shouting “Lügenpresse,” a German insult inspired by the Nazis that means "lying press."
A photo posted on Twitter by an attendee, reality TV star Tila Tequila, quickly garnered attention. The woman was listed by event organizers as a guest, according to Politico.
“Seig [sic] heil,” she wrote in the tweet, referencing the salute used by Nazis at political rallies.
Seig heil! pic.twitter.com/FhuFuZq6Sc— Tila Tequila (@AngelTilaLove) November 19, 2016
She later posted a photo of herself outside Trump Hotel, with the caption “Taking over! It’s our world now!”
“When Glenn Beck is crying and calling you a racist, it’s kind of fun,” Spencer said, according to the Post.
Spencer added that alt-right supporters would propose a 50-year moratorium on immigration to the Trump administration, only allowing white Europeans to attain new citizenship.
When asked whether that was actually possible, Spencer replied, according to Politico, “It’s obviously possible."
“Trump, the Republican Party, has a new voting constituency,” he added. “Trump has proven the power of these ideas, proven the power of populism."