This weekend, the National Policy Institute (NPI)—a think tank lead by "alt-right" whisperer Richard Spencer—held a downtown-D.C. gathering of white nationalists, "Trumpservatives," and the attendant press and protesters these groups attract. (Also there: reality-TV star turned Twitter-based Third-Reich sympathizer Tila Tequila.) I'm planning a longer, more thoughtful post about these events soon, but for now… well, you know what they say about pictures and words. So behold: scenes from the Pennsylvania Avenue NW powwow—right between the White House and the new Trump hotel!—as fragments of the left and right attempt to deal with Donald Trump's unexpected election as president of the United States.
For the most part, everything down peacefully, though a fight did break out at one point between a woman from NPI and her videographer—who had entered the activist fray to conduct video interviews—and some protesters. According to witnesses, the skirmish began when protesters took the camera guy's phone, prompting him to lunge at one of them and put the man in chokehold, after which other protesters stepped in. The fight was broken up by police.
— Alexander Rubinstein (@AlexR_DC) November 19, 2016
Here are few more shots of the scene outside the NPI gathering…
"Antifa" activists, who helped organize the protest, came decked out with bandanas, masks, and flags.
Spotted: "Nazi Wonks Fuck Off" … "It's Not Alt-Right It's White Supremacy" … "Love Trumps Hate" …
"Listen to Erykah Badu"
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2016
Inside the conference, NPI President and Radix journal editor Richard Spencer lead a post-lunch press conference on what's next for the alt-right, joined by VDARE founder Peter Brimelow, retired evolutionary psychology professor Kevin MacDonald, writer Jason Jorjano, and American Renaissance magazine editor Jared Taylor.
Spencer says the alt-right is "an intellectual movement," not a partisan one.
The mostly-male audience included former Business Insider Chief Technology Officer Pax Dickinson and an array of young men with the same shaved-side, slicked-back-and-long-down-the-middle haircut.
For sale inside the NPI conference, along with Donald Trump and Harambe t-shirts:
Former reality-TV star and model Tila Tequila, now a spokeswoman for the alt-right and white nationalism, with Got News head/notorious Internet troll Chuck Johnson at a top-secret, Friday NPI dinner hosted at a branch of the family-style Italian chain restaurant Maggiano's.
Tequila also shared the following photos Friday night via Twitter.
Seig heil! pic.twitter.com/FhuFuZq6Sc
— Tila Tequila (@AngelTilaLove) November 19, 2016