They despise mainstream conservatives and revere Donald Trump. And they shout a lotby Antonia Flood / August 3, 2016 / Leave a comment
Two weeks ago, Milo Yiannopoulos’s twitter account, @Nero, was formally and permanently banned from Twitter. He had been accused of instigating racist attacks on social media towards the Ghostbusters cast.
Milo, who describes himself as “the most fabulous supervillain on the internet,” is a far-right writer and editor of the US conservative news site Breitbart. He is one of the better-known faces of the “Alt-Right” or “Alternative Right” movement, an eclectic mix of (mostly online) right-wing presences estranged from mainstream American conservatism which they find “too liberal.” Their ideologies are hard to figure out, as they seem more interested in what they oppose (liberalism, democracy, human rights, feminism) than what they support. They are most famous for their aggressive internet trolling (often racist, sexist, and homophobic) and their support of Donald Trump, whom Milo calls “Daddy” and labels as “the first truly cultural candidate for President since Buchanan.”
In an article by Milo on Breitbart, he sorts alt-right members into four groups: intellectuals, natural conservatives, the meme team, and the “1488rs.” The first category, Milo says, are drawn to the alt right by an “intellectual awakening”, the second by “inherent conservatism and protection of the tribe.” Only the latter two groups, he argues, are abusive. Even so, he still says the meme team only post their hateful memes and comments because they are young, rebellious millennials who love the “reaction” and there is “little real hatred present.”
He does admit, however, that the final 1488rs are real racists and bigots as “anything associated as closely with racism and bigotry as the alternative right will inevitably attract real racists and bigots.” The name of the group is a reference to two well-known Neo Nazi slogans, the first being the so-called 14 Words: “We Must Secure The Existence Of Our People And A Future For White Children.” The second part is a reference to the 8th letter of the alphabet—H. Thus, “88” becomes “HH,” which becomes “Heil Hitler.”
The last two groups of alt-right members however are most prominent on social media, and receive the most coverage. The ban of Milo’s twitter has done nothing to stop his increasing popularity—he has since been interviewed by CNN, CNBC, The…