Beyond the alt-right, is Donald Trump’s America really about anarchy?

Beyond the alt-right, is Donald Trump’s America really about anarchy?
The flag of "Liberland." The black stripe reportedly represents anarchy. (Via Independent)

Thanks to the rise of Donald Trump, the world was introduced to the seamy, repugnant and downright creepy underbelly of the fringe-right, known to many as the alt-right.

What many nervous conservatives knew was boiling under the surface — a putrid bouillabaisse of anti-Semitic, bigoted, misogynist and conspiratorial impulses — got ground-level attention as Trump allowed the alt-right to attach itself to him undisturbed. From coyly pretending not to know about David Duke and his endorsement, to lifting an anti-Semitic meme from an alt-right website, to routinely trafficking in evidence-free conspiracy theories, Trump played to the alt-right base in winks and nods throughout the election.

He went from flirting to full-on fornication when he announced head of the alt-right website Breitbart.com, Steve Bannon, as his chief strategist.

You can blame the alt-right for a lot. But they didn’t single-handedly elect Trump. I’d wager most Trump supporters repudiate alt-right bigotry even if they do feel economically and socially dismissed by political elites from both parties. The Trump voters I’ve met have no familiarity with alt-right symbols, like Pepe the Frog, a once-innocent-turned anti-Semitic white nationalist cartoon, or the subversive uses of the numbers 14 and 88.

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