It’s amazing how many conservatives can criticize the politically correct movement and still use terms like “Alt-Right” or “White Nationalists.” It’s time to label these people for who they are-- Neo-Nazis, racists, homophobic sexists, bigots, etc. Better yet, we can accurately refer to this group as the “Racist-Right.”
Make no mistake, I’m not in any way categorizing all conservatives or Republicans as racists. There’s nothing wrong with having a right-wing or conservative ideology. However, it’s horrible that openly racist activists can spread their hatred under the banner of merely being “Alt-Right.” There’s no room for mincing words and Vice’s embedded coverage of the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” Rally gave them the opportunity to show their true colors.
Too many people in the right-wing media praised Trump after he read a scripted speech that denounced the right-wing hate groups. That was, of course, after he had been widely criticized for his initial remarks, which essentially sided with the “Racist-Right” hate groups. However, Trump went off-script yesterday and reverted back to his initial remarks.
Trump’s response to the violence at this rally has been extremely well covered in the news, yet his approval numbers only dropped three points, from 37% to 34%. Therefore, we have to examine how much influence the racist-right has in this country.
A Neo-Nazi news and commentary website, DailyStormer.com, essentially applauded the death of Heather Heyer who was murdered by a speeding vehicle during that rally. That website described Heyer as a “drain on society,” a person “of no value,” and “a fat, childless, 32-year old slut.”
You’re probably thinking that such views came from a fringe group on the dark web. Well, that’s sort of accurate. DailyStormer.com is now only available on the dark web. However, that is only due to wide public outcry that prompted GoDaddyand other tech companies to discontinue their service.
Before being shut down, the DailyStormer billed itself as “The World’s Most Genocidal Website.” To get a more thorough description of the hatred spewed on that site check out this horrific report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
How Popular Was DailyStormer.com?
This website received much more Traffic than you would expect. As of this morning, it was ranked #2,344 in the U.S. and #10,496 in the world, according to Alexa’s site information. It also should be noted that the site’s traffic increased substantially after Trump was elected.
For the sake of perspective, DailyStormer.com ranked significantly higher than many legitimate news & commentary websites:
NewRepublic.com #2,405 in the U.S.
Observer.com #3,235 in the U.S.
Reason.com #3,601 in the U.S.
TheNation.com #3,956 in the U.S.
ProPublica.org #4,329 in the U.S.
There are several websites that are similar to DailyStormer, albeit with less traffic. Obviously, the views expressed on these websites don’t conform to mainstream culture. However, we have to remember the fact that President’s approval numbers barely budged after his horrible response to the Charlottesville tragedy. Therefore, you have to wonder what percentage of the American population that, in some ways, sympathizes with these hate groups.