The Alt-Right's Love Affair with Trump Is Over. Here's Why. - 2019-07-09
President Donald Trump's July Fourth "Salute to America" was supposed to be a patriotic extravaganza, complete with military tanks, to affirm the country's greatness under his leadership.
But many within his once-loyal cadre of far-right extremists, racist trolls and white nationalists who latched onto his campaign under the banner of the "alt-right" in 2016 were looking the other way. Online forums home to the alt-right, such as 4chan and 8chan, were filled with chatter about Disney's decision to cast a black actress as Ariel in the upcoming live-action version of "The Little Mermaid." Discussions around "Salute to America" were decidedly muted.
Extremism experts say their apparent lack of interest in Trump is partly because the heyday of the "alt-right" as a coordinated bloc is over — and partly because they feel betrayed by Trump, who, by operating in the political mainstream, is now tainted by the very swamp he promised to drain. Many also feel like he has failed to deliver on the sweeping immigration enforcement he promised during the campaign.