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IIRC, alt-right started during the Bush years as an umbrella term for the US groups on the right that were not neoconservative. Including, but not limited to the neo-nazis. During Obama, the need for a anti-neoconservative group on the right disappeared and the various groups abandoned the alt-right camp. Except the neo-nazis who found a re-branding useful, as many react negatively to nazis. In combination, ironic nazism develops on 4chan). With Trump elected Spencer takes a victory lap and claims a victory for the alt-right.

So it is probably Spencer you are looking for. And gullible (or evil) journalists who can't or won't see that the proper name isn't alt-right, it's neo-nazism.

by fjallstrom on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 08:50:51 PM EST
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I certainly don't remember the term from the Bush years. I'm not really looking for Spencer, but I remember there was a comparable friendly portrait of him in one of those supposedly high quality publications.
by generic on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 09:06:32 PM EST
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Could it be Washington Post in November 2016 - https:/www.washingtonpost.com/local/lets-party-like-its-1933-inside-the-disturbing-alt-right-world- of-richard-spencer/2016/11/22/cf81dc74-aff7-11e6-840f-e3ebab6bcdd3_story.html - they certainly use it as a descriptor, while just months earlier Mother Jones needed to explain the term - https:www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/stephen-bannon-donald-trump-alt-right-breitbart-news
by fjallstrom on Tue May 28th, 2019 at 10:59:53 PM EST
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