WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – The Trump transition team released a statement denouncing racism of any kind after a video of a room full of people raising their arms like Nazis, shot by the Atlantic Magazine, surfaced.
A controversial white nationalist group feels empowered by the election of Donald Trump and they’re not afraid to show it.
At their Washington gathering, you could see Neo-Nazis exulting in what they believe is newfound acceptance.
“Hail Trump. Hail our people. Hail victory.”
The audience offered cheers and applause in addition to Nazi-style salutes at the Annual Conference of the National Policy Institute, part of the alt-right movement and fans of President-elect Trump.
Since 2008, the alt-right movement has lived mostly online, but its gained attention since the Trump campaign brought in Stephen Bannon, the former CEO of Breitbart News which is a website that supports white nationalists and anti-Semites.
“I’m enthusiastic about Steven Bannon because Britebart is a website that gives news that I care about,” said Richard Spencer.
Spencer’s group was met with protests in Washington.
Friday night, some attendees and reality star Tila Tequila posed for a picture giving a Nazi-style salute.
The restaurant where the picture was taken posting an apology, condemning the act and saying it was not aware the group would be dining in their restaurant.
Asked about the alt-right group, a Trump spokesman said:
“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.”
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum compared the comments of the alt-right movement to Nazi Germany, calling on all Americans to confront racist thinking and divisive hateful speech.