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At CPAC, if You’re Shown the Door or Shown the Stage Depends on Your Alt-Right Business Model

Security guards just kicked white supremacist Richard Spencer out of CPAC.

New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi:

Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic:

Spencer of course is the man who coined the misnomer “alt-right,” which is a nice 21st century conjoining and rebranding of the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” with neo-Nazism, misogyny, anti-feminism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and many other vile beliefs thrown in for good measure. 

“CPAC spokesman Ian Walters said Spencer purchased his ticket and that his money had been refunded. Walter called Spencer’s views ‘repugnant,'” NBC News reports.

For those blissfully unaware, CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Convention, is an annual conference of devout conservatives, the religious right, Republicans and Libertarians – basically, the right. Every year they get together, listen to top Republicans gleefully mock and trash Democrats with abandon. In other words, mainstream Republicans talking to their base. 

Time was Republicans could give one stump speech to one group and another to another group, without the other knowing what they said. 

Now there’s Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and Periscope and those days are gone.

And as a result, the neo-Nazi “alt-right” fringe must be too.

Which is “amusing,” so to speak, since the head of the group that runs CPAC, Matt Schlapp (you’ve seen him on all the cable news networks, even MSNBC) is the one who invited Milo to speak – then was forced to boot him off the schedule. Milo, of course, is seen as a figurehead for the alt-right crowd.

And oh yeah, Richard Spencer.

Richard Spencer is the guy who got punched in the face, starting the meme, “Is it OK to punch a Nazi?

CPAC has disavowed the alt-right movement, and by literally kicking its leader out the door, is making a statement.

Now, if only Republicans would disavow the alt-right. Perhaps they could start with President Donald Trump saying something, directly to the so-called “alt-right.”

Many Americans would like to see White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon similarly kicked out the door by security.

Bannon bragged not long ago that as the publisher of the far right wing website Breitbart, he had given a home to the alt-right.

Matt Schlapp today bragged that Bannon is speaking at CPAC:

Apparently, at CPAC, if you’re shown the door or shown the stage depends on your alt-right business model.

Video and screenshot via The Washington Post 

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Subsequent investigations have failed to find any evidence that Strzok, Page, or any other FBI officials tried to politically target Trump with the power of the agency. However, a recent inspector general report suggests some of their surveillance practices may have been improper and require reform.

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