Washington - A newly released video shows a room full of people doing the Hitler salute and yelling "Heil Trump!" after listening to a speech about white nationalism that invokes Nazi terminology.
The video was taken over the weekend by a reporter for The Atlantic while working on a documentary about Richard Spencer. Spencer is the person speaking in the video. He runs the National Policy Institute, a self-described "alt-right" think tank that openly supports white nationalist and neo-Nazi policies. In the past, he has called for a "peaceful ethnic cleansing" of the United States.
In the video, Spencer calls the media "leftists" and "cucks," invoking popular "alt-right" insults for people they disagree with. He calls the media the "Lügenpresse," which is what the original Nazi Party called the media in Germany – the "lying press."
"We don't exploit other groups," he says, the "we" referring explicitly to white people. "We don't gain anything from their presence."
"The press has clearly decided to double-down and wage war against the legitimacy of Trump and the continued existence of white America," he continues. "But they are really opening up the door for us.... 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."
- Richard Spencer -
"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."
Members of the crowd give the Nazi salute throughout the speech.
Last week, the Twitter accounts for Spencer and his think tank were suspended, along with a number of other "alt-right" accounts.
Trump's campaign issued a statement in response to the video: “President-elect Trump has continued to denounce racism of any kind and he was elected because he will be a leader for every American. To think otherwise is a complete misrepresentation of the movement that united Americans from all backgrounds.”
White supremacists have credited Trump's win with sparking a new interest in their movement.