CNN host to Trump: Denounce alt-right by name

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo says President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE must explicitly condemn the alt-right movement.

“You know that he doesn’t call out [former Ku Klux Klan leader] David Duke by name,” he said during his broadcast Tuesday. "You know he’s never mentioned any of these movements by name. The man does not lack for detail when he wants to criticize you — believe me, I understand that intensely, personally.


“It is wrong. Not political tents — these are people raising their hands in a Nazi gesture, OK? This isn’t just a little bit off the beaten path. And yet, it’s being ignored to a certain degree by a lack of specificity.”

Cuomo was debating CNN political commentator John Miller, who praised Trump's spokesman for saying the Republican rejects "racism of any kind" on Monday.

The host of CNN’s “New Day” disagreed with Miller’s assessment, however, arguing that Trump must deal with the ideology more forcefully.

“They’re saying, ‘Hail Donald Trump,’ ” Cuomo said of some alt-right followers. "They’re saying his name. It’s not about me. I wish I would never have to talk about these people.

“You don’t think that he would come out and denounce them the way he does anybody? He’ll denounce The New York Times by name. He’ll come after them.”

Supporters of the alt-right movement celebrated Trump’s White House win at a meeting in Washington, D.C., last Saturday.

Richard Spencer, who popularized the phrase “alt-right” by launching a website called Alternative Right in 2010, hosted the event at the Ronald Reagan Building.

“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,” said Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute.

“Trump, the Republican Party, has a new voting constituency. Trump has proven the power of these ideas, proven the power of populism.”

Reality television star Tila Tequila sparked backlash for tweeting a controversial photo of her appearance at the event.

Tequila wrote “Seig [sic] heil” in the tweet, referencing the salute Nazis used at political rallies.

Critics argue the alt-right movement embraces white nationalism, anti-Semitism and misogyny.