Richard Spencer, a leading white nationalist who has seen mainstream popularity since Donald Trump was elected president, is calling for a ban on immigration from people and countries outside of Europe.
Spencer, who claims he coined the word and movement alt right, held a conference in Washington, D.C. on Saturday through his white supremacist group the National Policy Institute, where he discussed his hopes for Trump and a white-only U.S.
The man called on Trump to implement a 50-year moratorium on “non-European immigration.” He believes the proposal is “obviously possible” because the president-elect “has proven the power of these ideas.”
During his campaign, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States;” however, he has since said he would instead do an “extreme vetting” of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. The former reality TV star also centered his campaign on building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and insisting on mass deportations of undocumented individuals, particularly those from Mexico.
Spencer is fond of those ideas, saying Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Building, just blocks away from the White House, that undocumented immigrants “have got to go home. And they can go home again, they can connect with their real identity.”
When asked what he would like to see happen to children of undocumented parents who grew up in the U.S., he said they must go back to their family’s homeland, too.
“Reconnecting with who you really are for a Mexican-American would be about being in Mexico. For an African, it would be about being in Africa,” Spencer told the Intercept.
That’s not all. The young leader also talked about Trump’s “grab-them-by-the-pussy” comment, saying, “women, deep down, do want to be taken by a strong man.”
White nationalists like Spencer, who are also anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ and anti-Semitic, have been picking up steam since their candidate, Trump, won the presidential election earlier this month. But they are also motivated by Trump's selection of Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News who months ago boasted that he helped turn the news site into a “platform for the alt-right,” as the White House’s chief strategist and senior counselor.
While Trump told the New York Times Tuesday that he “condemns” and “disavows” alt right leaders and their mission, his decision to add a white supremacist to his administration tells a very different story.
(h/t The Intercept)