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A white nationalist group that gathered in Washington, D.C., over the weekend for its annual conference found much to celebrate about the 2016 presidential election.
In a video from the event, released Monday by The Atlantic, alt-right leader Richard Spencer can be heard pumping up a crowd of primarily white male supporters of Donald Trump under the banner of white nationalism.
"To be white is to be a striver, a crusader, an explorer, and a conqueror," Spencer tells the crowd attending the annual conference of the National Policy Institute, described as "an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world." At points in the video, audience members lift their arms, mimicking the "Heil, Hitler" salute.
Spencer decries the media, among other aspects of the modern U.S. "The press has clearly decided to double down and wage war against the legitimacy of Trump. And the continued existence of white America," Spencer says. "America was, until this past generation, a white country, designed for ourselves and our posterity. It is our creation. It is our inheritance. And it belongs to us."
Since Trump's presidential victory, incidents of hate have been reported at schools across the country. Political pressure has been placed on Trump, asking him to reconsider appointing known white supremacist and Breitbart editor Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, but he has not caved.
Monday night, CNN aired a segment exploring Spencer's views that Jews are not people.
Members of the media are grappling with how to address the potential rise of white power groups without allowing them undue airtime or attention. However, it should be noted that these groups exist and have fervent followers, as this video evidences.