Rory Carroll “ 'Alt-right' groups will 'revolt' if Trump shuns white supremacy, leaders say” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/27/alt-right-donald-trump-white-supremacy-backlash
Activists who recently gave Nazi salutes and shouted “hail Trump” at a gathering in Washington*2 will revolt if the new US president fails to meet their expectations, the leaders told the Guardian.
The prospect of such disillusion and internecine squabbling may console liberals who fear a White House tinged with racism and quasi-fascism. The analysis is all the more reassuring because it comes from far-right influencers and analysts, not wishful progressives.
Instead of enjoying proximity to power, according to this analysis, vocal parts of the loose coalition known as the “alt-right” could remain on the political fringe, wondering what happened to their triumph.
“Their hearts are bigger than their brains,” said Mark Weber*3, who runs the Institute for Historical Review*4, an organisation dedicated to exposing “Jewish-Zionist” power. “Saying they want to be the intellectual head of the Trump presidency is delusional.”
Jared Taylor*5, a white supremacist who runs the self-termed “race-realist” magazine American Renaissance*6, said the president-elect had already backpedalled on several pledges that had fired up the far-right. “At first he promised to send back every illegal immigrant. Now he is waffling on that.”
David Cole*7, a self-proclaimed Holocaust revisionist and Taki magazine columnist*8, envisaged the movement sliding into bickering and in-fighting, stuck in “rabbit warrens” of online trolling rather than policy shaping.
“In January Trump will start governing and will have to make compromises. Even small ones will trigger squabbles between the ‘alt-right’. ‘Trump betrayed us.’ ‘No, you’re betraying us for saying Trump betrayed us.’ And so on. The alt-right’s appearance of influence will diminish more and more as they start to fight amongst themselves.”
In an email interview Peter Brimelow*9, founder of the webzine Vdare.com*10, which alleges Mexican plots to remake the US, said Trump’s failure to deliver “important bones” could trigger a backlash. “I think the right of the right is absolutely prepared to revolt. It’s what they do.”
If the critiques are correct he and his supporters will, to co-opt a favoured “alt-right” term, have a rude awakening. “In the eagerness for hope many have latched on to Trump. They’re trying to get a step on the escalator. I’m convinced they’ll be disappointed,” said Weber. Far-right youths are “on fire” but Trump, he said, will not be able to turn the clock back to the 1950s, a perceived golden age for white America.
Taylor said some on the far-right fell, as did liberals, for what he termed media distortions. “Donald Trump was never a racial dissident of the sort that I am. He was never one of us. He’s an American nationalist. The left was wrong to think that he was dancing to the tune of people like myself.”
Taylor said the far right would need patience. “Racial nationalism has not triumphed in America. It will some day. But to think it has done so (already) is delusive.”
*2:See eg. Adam Gabbatt “Hitler salutes and white supremacism: a weekend with the 'alt-right'”https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/21/alt-right-conference-richard-spencer-white-nationalists
*7:See eg. Rory Carroll “Hollywood conservative unmasked as notorious Holocaust revisionist” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/03/david-stein-cole-holocaust-revisionist