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'Hail Trump' and Nazi salutes as alt-right leader addresses conference

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Richard Spencer says the press has decided to 'wage war' against Trump and 'white America'

A newly published video shows self-described "alt-right" leader Richard B. Spencer giving a speech in support of white supremacy while attendees did the Hitler salute and shouted "Hail Trump!"

Spencer spoke before over 200 people in Washington, D.C. for the annual conference of the National Policy Institute think tank, which dedicates itself to "the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.”

Spencer is president of the think tank and has been credited with inventing the term "alt-right," which is short for "alternative right" – the name of a now-defunct website founded by Spencer.

The video, published by The Atlantic magazine, was taken after most of the reporters had left the conference. In it, Spencer attacks media outlets, saying they are "leftists and cucks" – an abbreviation of "cuckold," an insult the alt-right likes to use against liberals and traditional conservatives – and that "many are genuinely stupid."

Spencer further says that "one wonders if these people are people at all or instead soulless golem animated by some dark power to repeat whatever talking point John Oliver stated the night before."

He also refers to "the mainstream media" as “Lügenpresse,” a German term used by the Nazis.

"We were not meant to beg for moral validation from some of the most despicable creatures to ever populate the planet," he says.

"The press has clearly decided to double down and wage war against the legitimacy of Trump and the continued existence of white America," Spencer says in the video. "But they are really opening up the door for us. America was until this past generation a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity. It is our creation. It is our inheritance. And it belongs to us."

Donald Trump's election as president of the United States has been celebrated by some racist groups, with the Ku Klux Klan announcing a "victory march" to be held in North Carolina next month.

On the homepage of the group's website, an image of the president-elect displays prominently under text in which his surname is turned into an acronym: "TRUMP = Trump's Race United My People."

And after Trump announced his first Cabinet picks, American neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer published an article by founder Andrew Anglin that said he "didn’t even expect this to all come together so beautifully."

The article praised the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general, suggesting that "Trump is making a point by putting an aggressive anti-Black racist in as AG. It’s a corrective measure, after Obama turned the Justice Department into the Black Panthers."

"Basically, we are looking at a Daily Stormer Dream Team in the Trump administration," wrote Anglin.