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:
He’s currently being escorted out of CPAC by security
â€” Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 23, 2017
Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic:
Richard Spencer being escorted out by security at CPAC pic.twitter.com/nShgyWLUUc
â€” Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) February 23, 2017
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.Â
“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 LibertariansÂ â€“ 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.Â
Time was Republicans could give one stump speech to one group and another to another group, without the other knowing what they said.Â
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 speakÂ â€“ 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 PresidentÂ Donald Trump saying something, directly to the so-called “alt-right.”
Many AmericansÂ would like to see White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon similarlyÂ 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:
â€” Jessica Li (@JessicaYiyiLi) February 23, 2017
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 PostÂ
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