Days after alt-right writer, Milo Yiannopoulos was removed from CPAC’s speaker lineup, a fellow traveler showed up at the conference to promote their movement. Richard Spencer, President of the National Policy Institute, attended the conference to respond to possible attacks on the alt-right.
Frequently criticized as a neo-Nazi for his statements on the Jewish People, the IQ of African Americans, and his ideal future for the United States, Richard Spencer received a great deal of attention from the media. Multiple outlets, including NBC News, surrounded him at the event and asked him questions about the alt-right. Will Roberts, an activist at the conference, witnessed security confront Richard Spencer and remove him from CPAC, without a prior warning or incident.
Prior to Spencer’s removal, Dan Schneider, Executive Director of the American Conservative Union, denounced both Richard Spencer and the entirety of the alt-right from the stage. Schneider stated that, “We have been slapped in the face. There is a sinister organization that is trying to worm its way into our ranks. We must not be duped and we must not be deceived…We know who these people are. They met just a couple months ago in Washington DC to spew their hatred and make their Heil Hitler salutes. They are anti-Semites. They are racists. They are sexists. They hate the constitution. They hate free markets. They hate pluralism. They hate everything and they despise everything we believe in. They are not an extension of conservatism. They are not what Governor Walker, and Doctor Arnn, and Sabrina Schaeffer have talked about. They are nothing but garden variety left wing fascists.” Dan Schneider went on to explain that the alt-right is left-wing due to authoritarian tendencies and their rejection of individual liberty.
While many on the left have attempted to connect President Trump to this movement since the frequently cited alt-right meeting in D.C., Trump has denounced the movement, as well as all Antisemitism, since his election. Nevertheless, Richard Spencer suggested that the alt-right is the future of conservatism after he was thrown out of CPAC. He said, “The fact is, people want to talk to me. They don’t want to talk to these boring conservatives, because they want to hear, want to learn about ideas whose time has come, and not whose time has passed, that is conservatives. They want to learn about ideas that just have so much meaning. I think everyone recognizes that there has to be identity politics in the world. We white people define the united states, but we’re now experiencing an increasing minority status.”
The fears expressed here by Richard Spencer have led the alt-right to support the creation of a white ethnic state in America, oppose interracial marriage, and castigate couples who adopt African-American children. It has also led to the vicious harassment of journalists, from the antisemitism directed at Ben Shapiro and Jonah Goldberg to the racist and pornographic invective directed at David French.
By dismissing both Yiannopoulos and Spencer, CPAC has made clear that they stand with the president and these embattled writers in condemning the alt-right. While the constant media coverage of the alt-right seeks to tie the movement to conservatism, this conference was not willing to become a pawn. The party of Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ronald Reagan lives on.