What is alt-left?


At his Tuesday press conference, Trump challenged a reporter to define "alt-right" for him-but showed no qualms about using the term "alt-left" to refer to the anti-fascist protesters who demonstrated against the "Unite the Right" rally, which saw alt-right groups, neo-Confederates, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis descending on Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

White nationalists; militia movements; anti-Muslim attackers; I.R.S. building and abortion clinic bombers; and other right-wing groups were responsible for 12 times as many fatalities and 36 times as many injuries as communists; socialists; animal rights and environmental activists; anti-white- and Black Lives Matter-inspired attackers; and other left-wing groups.

The words "alt-left" sounded unusual coming from Donald Trump's mouth, but then most words do. "Do they have any semblance of guilt?"

But the principle is that when you're holding a demonstration that's got a legal permit, as these Nazis and white supremacists were, they have the right to say what they say.

After announcing he'd signed an executive order streamlining permitting processes for federal highways, Trump was asked a question about the executives who have been resigning from his manufacturing council in light of his failure to speedily condemn white nationalism. In fact, Trump has taken a position in defense of white nationalists; he has poured the gasoline and lit the match.

"We find that the right groups and the jihadi groups are more violent on the left", said Gary LaFree, one the researchers and the director of the University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

Is there really "an alt-left"?

The trouble is, the "alt-right" may call themselves "alt-right", but no one the "alt-right" would call "alt-left" calls themselves that.

CNN's headline asked, "What's the "alt-left"?"

Given how powerful the term is in creating a false equivalency between the alt-right and fringe extremists on the far left, you can expect to hear much more about the alt-left in the future.

"The hatred and violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville must be condemned", he said. On the other hand, to call them "Nazis" is a convenient "othering" that refuses to acknowledge their identity as Americans, standing in the US's own proud tradition of violent racism. "It was caused by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists". They met a group of counter-protestors and both sides threw punches.



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