Trump’s overtures to the Sunni Muslim world and worshipping at the Western Wall, in a gesture to Jews, irks white nationalists and the far-right in American politics.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip to the Middle East scored him points in the mainstream media, but profoundly peeved his earliest supporters, the so-called “alt-right,” who had arguably propelled him into the presidency.
That images of Trump sword-dancing with Saudis, in a gesture to the Sunni Muslim world, and worshipping at the Western Wall, in a gesture to Jews, should irk the far-right in American politics is no surprise.
“Cucks be like, WTF, we love Trump now!” tweeted Richard Spencer, alt-right leader and white nationalist on Tuesday, demonstrating his frustration at the satisfaction he suspects liberals will feel at the sight of Trump visiting the Wall (“cuck” derives from “cuckold”).
Cucks be like, WTF, we love Trump now! https://t.co/yancyydQA1
— Richard ⛷️ Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) May 23, 2017
Spencer also retweeted a tweet from the “Boatsinker,” which captioned Trump’s visit to the Western Wall as “Wrong wall, retard” – referring to a core issue of the alt-right’s support for Trump: his pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Ann Coulter, who had recently criticized Trump for not sticking to his hard-line immigration record, tweeted, “Wailing Wall the usual photo op, but Trump should visit Israel’s BORDER wall. Force the press to report that it’s up and it works.”
Wailing Wall the usual photo op, but Trump should visit Israel's BORDER wall. Force the press to report that it's up and it works.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) May 22, 2017
Former KKK leader and Louisiana politician David Duke captioned the photo of Trump at the Western Wall, in real time on Monday: “Rise of the good Goy.”
Mike Cernovich, the so-called voice of the alt-right (who Donald Trump Jr. recently said deserves a Pulitzer), criticized Trump’s trip, killing two birds with one tweet: “Saudi funded ISIS takes credit for #Manchester. But we need to take out Assad and Iran, because Russia,” Cernovich tweeted Tuesday, referring to Trump’s strong rhetoric against Assad and Iran while in Israel.
Cernovich later ripped Trump for agreeing to sell $110-billion worth of weapons to the Saudis, tweeting, “Saudi Arabia remains the world’s top exporter of terrorism. If you think an arms deal will make me stop saying truth, sorry for you.”
Actually, the alt-right and Trump have been on the outs for some time now. The slide was set off by the rising influence of Trump’s Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka at the expense of Steve Bannon, the alt-right’s perceived “guy in the White House.”
But it was Trump’s Tomahawk missile airstrike on Syria in early April that prompted the first real onslaught of heavy criticism from alt-right leaders, accusing Kushner and Ivanka of pushing Trump to war.
U.S. President Donald Trump ‘s trip to the Middle East scored him points in the mainstream media, but profoundly peeved his earliest supporters, the so-called “alt-right,” who had arguably propelled him into the presidency.