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Great White Nope?

A year after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the alt-right seems to be floundering, and many of its leaders did not see this coming



WHITE FLAG? Once seemingly triumphant after Trump’s victory, Spencer and his altright allies seem to have been weakened by infighting and opposition from antifa.

“HAIL TRUMP!” RICHARD SPENCER bellowed. “Hail our people! Hail victory!” It was November 2016, not long after Donald Trump’s presidential victory, and Spencer, perhaps America’s most well-known figure in the so-called alt-right, was speaking to a packed room of white nationalists in Washington, D.C. A clip of the speech, first published by The Atlantic, went viral and seemed to confirm the worst fears of many Trump critics: that the president- elect had empowered a fringe movement of racist, right-wing radicals— and launched it into the mainstream.

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VIKTOR ORBAN In early March, Janos Lázár , a senior Hungarian minister, posted a video on Facebook complaining about the lack of “white Christians” in Vienna. Muslim migrants, he warned, were destroying the city, and if someone didn’t do something, they would transform Budapest, Hungary’s capital, in a similar way. “If we let them in…our cities,” Lazar told his followers, “the consequences will be crime, impoverishment, dirt, filth and impossible urban conditions.” Lázár is chief of staff to Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian prime minister, and his post came roughly a month before the country goes to the polls in April. It was a classic move from Orbán, something his Alliance of Young Democrats (known as Fidesz) had done many times before: play to voters’ fears over Islam and immigration.