The Main Stream Media is falling all over itself with praise. But, as Trump noted, this desperate charge really is all they have left. And Clinton made the classic mistake of Leftists by making a huge number of complaints rather than focusing like a laser on only a few targets. Just like a leftist protest rally turns into a grab bag of causes from pacifism to abortion, Clinton threw haymakers at everyone from Breitbart to Nigel Farage, from Vladimir Putin to Alex Jones.
She also specifically mentioned the Alternative Right.
Race-baiting ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant ideas –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.’”
Alt-Right is short for “Alternative Right.”
The Wall Street Journal describes it as a loosely organized movement, mostly online, that “rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity.”
The de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump Campaign represents a landmark achievement for the “Alt-Right.” A fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican Party.
This is part of a broader story — the rising tide of hardline, right-wing nationalism around the world.
[Transcript: Hillary Clinton's full remarks in Reno, Nevada, Politico, August 25, 2016]
In the short-term, this may hurt Trump as he struggles to appeal to moderates and at least some ethnic minorities. Trump effectively responded by continuing to frame Clinton's policies as bad for minorities and refusing to apologize or cave for his past actions. It will be interesting to see how the polls operate over the next week.
However, what was most striking about Hillary's speech was her identification of Russia as the source for the Alt Right.
There is no evidence for this. Indeed, if one were to watch the "Russian propaganda channels" Clinton denounced, you'd see the same kind of spin on Black Lives Matter or American "racism" you'd see on any other network. And Russia is justifying its actions against Ukraine on the grounds that they are fighting "Neo-Nazis."
The godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism is Russian President Vladimir Putin.
What this suggests is that Clinton doesn't really understand what she is talking about. Nor does the Main Stream Media. The Alt Right is not made up of paid political operatives. Nor is it people with no jobs sitting in their parents' basement. It's mostly people with real jobs, some working in politics in the very heart of Conservatism Inc., waging a guerrilla war against the Beltway Right, the anti-White Left, and the media. There's no funding to cut off. There's no center to the movement. It's a hydra with many heads and diverse viewpoints.
What Clinton single-handedly did is give the movement the greatest publicity and legitimacy it's had in years. She also specifically designated George W. Bush and John McCain as the kind of good loser conservatives she wants Republicans to act like. In other words, she praised them for being the collaborators they are. The Alt Right is now the legitimate opposition to the status quo. And we are all in uncharted territory.