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Key Words: What does ‘alt-right’ even mean?

The term alt-right was everywhere this week but had its origins years before. Oft-credited with coining it is Richard Spencer, who ran a blog called Alternative Right beginning in 2010 and today heads a think tank called the National Policy Institute. An Associated Press story as published on the “PBS News Hour” site offered this definition:

’Alt-right’ is short for ‘alternative right,’ to distinguish the movement from mainstream conservatism. There’s no one way to define its ideology, but it is often associated with efforts on the far right to preserve ’white identity,’ oppose multiculturalism and defend ‘Western values.’ Adherents say those values are increasingly under attack with the rise of racial minorities in the U.S.

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