The Alt-Right's Tactical Cruelty - 2019-07-02
Donald Trump's rise triggered a debate about the so-called alt-right, how best to define it, and its role in the American political theater. Broadly speaking, two poles dominate that debate, as most of the public focuses its fleeting attention elsewhere.
One side defines the alt-right broadly enough that it encompasses large swaths of the Republican Party, the conservative movement, and Trump supporters. And it regards all three groups as discredited by the alt-right's racist ideology.
The other side defines the alt-right narrowly, so that it constitutes a tiny, marginal group of fringe ethno-nationalists who wield almost no influence in the Republican Party, the conservative movement, or the pro-Trump coalition.