Washington: The United States president-elect Donald Trump has rejected the alt-right movement which is often linked with white supremacist groups after group members raised slogans of ‘Hail Trump’ and gave Nazi salutes in a rally in Washington on Saturday.
Donald Trump was giving an interview to the New York Times when he made this announcement he said, “I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn.”
He also said that it is not his wish or plan to strengthen any group or movement which has people who are anti-semites, white supremacist and neo-Nazis and that he has no clue why such a group is drawn towards him.
Earlier Donald Trump had announced that he has changed his mind and now he will not pursue any criminal investigation over Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Clinton Foundation ,instead he said he wants to support her healing process after her brutal election campaign.
The alt-right issue was raised when a video of one of their meetings showed them chanting slogans of ‘Hail Trump’ they were also giving Nazi salutes. The meeting was presided by the alt-right leader, Richard Spencer.
Richard Spencer described white people as ‘children of sun’ and said that America belongs to white people, during this conference at one point he shouted “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”
Donald Trump faced a same situation during his election campaign when he had to clarify his views about the white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan or KKK, the klan had announced its support for Donald Trump forcing him to publicly criticise the klan.
Recently Donald Trump has been criticised for his appointment of Stephen K. Bannon as the chief strategist of White House, Stephen bannon owns the Breitbart news website which has been accused of racism and hate speech.
Regarding Bannon and Breitbart, Donald Trump said, “Breitbart is just a publication, they cover stories like you cover stories. If I thought he was a racist or alt-right or any of the things, the terms we could use, I wouldn’t even think about hiring him”.