Racist 'alt-right' movement reeling after string of setbacks
Racist ‘alt-right’ movement reeling after string of setbacks
Michael Kunzelman and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press
Updated 5:29 pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Led from a courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday, one of the nation’s most recognizable white nationalists will have 38 days behind bars to ponder the dizzying demise of the group he led before his arrest exposed a bizarre sex scandal.
Matthew Heimbach’s jail sentence for a probation violation is just the latest setback for the “alt-right” fringe movement that appears to be reeling after becoming emboldened and energized by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and election.
Richard Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right” to describe a loosely connected band of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists, suspended a college tour after violent clashes overshadowed one of his campus speeches in March. He and other leading alt-right figures are fighting lawsuits without help from lawyers. Many also are struggling to raise money or spread their messages after losing access to mainstream internet platforms. A few have even dropped out of the movement altogether.
And then there’s Heimbach, whose Traditionalist Worker Party was rocked by his arrest in March on charges he assaulted his wife’s stepfather, David Matthew Parrott, who also was the group’s spokesman. The men had argued over Heimbach’s alleged affair with Parrott’s wife, according to court documents. The alleged assault was a violation of Heimbach’s probation for a case in which he was accused of physically harassing a protester at a 2016 Trump campaign rally in Kentucky.eridani, Pastiche, Gryneos and 2 othersDoremus Jessup, iggy like this
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