The fall of the "alt-right" came from anti-fascism - 2018-04-15
Richard Spencer, the infamous founder of the white nationalist "alt-right" movement, already knew his group of racists was making a public nosedive even before the recent catastrophe at Michigan State University.
"I think the movement is in a bad state right now, I'm not going to lie about it," Spencer said to his millennial sidekick Gregory Conte during a March 3 episode of his podcast. "We're going to have to figure out how to build institutions in the era of rapid — and rabid — de-platforming. Which is really hard."
Spencer has been the figurehead for the "alt-right" since its evolution from the backwoods of esoteric web blogs, within private conferences and then, finally, attaining public recognition as part of a national political conversation. No one could have seen the highs that 2015 and 2016 would bring to white supremacy, and they thought their boom in numbers and exposure would be a permanent incline. But even after Donald Trump's election, the anti-fascist movement has detonated like a bomb, with Spencer seeing one devastating hurdle after another. Conferences have been shut down, "alt-right" violence has been publicly exposed and opposition has been so explosive that he can't even buy a cup of coffee without a mob chasing him down the street.