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Is The White Nationalist Movement Falling Apart Or Getting Leaner And Meaner?

Matthew Straubmuller
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Many of us hoped the white nationalist movement that instigated last year's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, would suffer a fatal blow. The majority of Americans condemned both the blatant bigotry displayed by the protesters and the president's failure to single out the nationalists as the perpetrators of the "hatred, bigotry and violence." He instead, said he saw that violence "on many sides."

That's not what happened.

This weekend's rally in DC was smaller and less potent than expected, but some experts warn the overall movement may be growing bigger than any of the marginalized individuals who represent it.

With the help of conservative media - and, some would say the president -  white nationalists are trying to normalize an ideology considered unacceptable before Charlottesville.  

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  • Brendan O’Connor - Freelance reporter covering fascism, white supremacy, and neoliberalism. His work has appeared in numerous publications including The Awl, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine (@_grendan)
  • Jane Coasten - Senior politics reporter at VOX with a focus on conservatism and the American Right. (@cjane87)

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.
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