Hours after a rally in Charlottesville organized by white nationalists turned deadly, President Donald Trump blamed “many sides” for the violence that transpired. Three days later, at an impromptu press conference at Trump Tower, the president doubled down on this message, condemning groups “on both sides” of the fighting. “What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt-right?” the president said.
Many people know the phrase “alt-right,” a term coined by white nationalist Richard Spencer to describe the white nationalist movement. But “alt-left” is a term that’s recently floated around in various corners of the internet. It gained some popularity earlier this year when violent riots erupted in Berkeley during protests over an appearance by former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos at UC-Berkeley.
White nationalist David Duke defined the term after President Trump referenced it Tuesday.