Saturday, December 10, 2016
Alt Right? More likely that there's an Alt Left
There's been a lot of hubbub lately over the so-called Alt Right and "fake news." Indeed, some are blaming Donald Trump's presidential win on these forces.
Fake news is indeed out there - but it was coming from both sides. I know there were many times people would send me alleged news items attacking Hillary Clinton or Trump, and I asked for sources or checked, and found many such reports were false or distorted.
The Alt Right business is manufactured though - by the same people who labeled Trump supporters as racists, homophobes, "deplorables." The Alt Right folks were accused of engaging in violence and hate speech.
In reality, this all seems seems like more of the kind of name calling in which some folks on the left seem to engage.
In other words, hate speech.
As for violence, it's not the folks on the right who rioted after the election.
Are there extremists on the right - neo-Nazis, KKK, etc. - and right-leaning news outlets (Fox, Breitbart, and so on), some of whom supported and promoted Trump? Sure.
But there are also extremists on the left, some of whom supported Hillary.
Just think of the radical pro-choicers who went all in for Hillary. Groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood - promoters and providers of death for hundreds of thousands of children each year.
There are other extremist groups on the left - Move On, Black Live Matter, for example.
Just think of extremely biased left-wing news outlets like HuffPost that did all they could to support Hillary.
Heck, think of the left-leaning news outlets like MSNBC or CNN or the New York Times or the Washington Post that did all they could to help Hillary.
It seems as if an "Alt Left" is even more real than any mythical Alt Right.seems more
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