The poster boy for a new white supremacist movement in the United States railed against the 'Jewish' media and affirmed the country belongs to the white race at a conference in Washington DC near the White House this weekend.
"America was, until this last generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity," said Richard B. Spencer at a conference hosted by his think tank the National Policy Institute Saturday (19 November). "It is our creation," the New York Times reports Spencer said, "it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us."
The National Policy Institute was "founded to be kind of a white supremacist think tank," according to Marilyn Mayo, codirector of the Anti-defamation League's Center on Extremism.
Spencer is part of the alt-right movement, a term that he claims to have coined. The group's members speak in anti-immigrant, racist, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic tones. And while President-elect Donald Trump is not a member of the alt-right, Spencer said, "I do think we have a psychic connection, or you can say a deeper connection, with Donald Trump in a way that we simply do not have with most Republicans."
Still, Trump has been accused of connections to the group after he hired Steve Bannon, former head of Brietbart news, which has cast itself as an advocate for the alt-right. "We're the platform for the alt-right," Bannon told the publication Mother Jones at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July. Jewish and Muslim groups have both spoken against the hire.
A member of the National Policy think tank was injured when he and a woman confronted anti-fascist protesters outside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center where the conference was held. CNN reported that the woman asked one protestor if he is a "self-hating white person." A protestor then knocked a video camera from their hands and fought with the man she was with, leaving him with a bloody cut on his forehead.
"We want to expand white privilege and deepen it," Spencer told the BBC over the summer during the 2016 US election campaign. "I do care about my people more than I care about other people," he said, pointing out he believes "an African American could never be part of my family in a sense that he's not part of this extended family that is a race." Twitter suspended Spencer's account last week. The social media platform's terms of service bar hat speech.
At the conference of about 200 people Spencer said white identity is a core idea of the alt-right. He also said the media was critical of Trump during the 2016 election campaign, not for what many world leaders called his inflammatory and divisive rhetoric, but because they were protecting Jewish interests.
"One wonders if these people are people at all, or instead soulless golem," Spencer said of news anchors and media personalities, referencing the Jewish fable of the golem, a clay giant brought to life by a rabbi to protect the Jews.
According to demographic data published early this year by the PewResearchCenter, by 2055 the US will not have a single racial or ethnic majority. According to researchers this was one factor of many that swayed the vote for Trump.
Spencer said white people are a race who had been marginalised but are now "awakening to their own identity" under the leadership of President-elect Trump.