As it became clear that #Donald Trump was a serious candidate for president, a certain movement on the far right of the political spectrum started to grow. Known as the "#alt-right," the movement has been accused of harboring white nationalist views, and is has now been officially labeled as such by the media.

AP on "alt-right"

The "alt-right," or "alternative right," claims to be a far right-wing movement that rejects mainstream conservationism, and often pushes back at establishment Republicans in the United States. The group has criticized the idea of "multiculturalism," and has called for a complete halt to immigration and free trade proposals, while championing the idea of America first, and only politics. While the news media have continued to use the term "alt-right" in their definition of the group, the #Associated Press (AP) announced on November 28 that their offical guideline will include a description of the movement itself, and those who identify with them won't be too happy about it.

In a statement sent out by John Daniszewski, Vice President for Standards for the Associated Press, he expressed the need to include what the "alt-right" stands for while defining them in an article. Daniszewski cuts right to the chase, referring to the "alt-right" as being "described as a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism." The AP recommends that the term "alt-right" always include the use of quotation marks," or to described the group as "self-described alt-right" or "so-called-alt-right."

The Associated Press also suggests that a writer avoid using the term "generically and without definition" in order to prevent the movement from using it as a "public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience." Daniszewski goes on to describe the "alt-right" as "racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist." When using the term in an article, the AP ask journalists and writers to also include that the "alt-right" is a "white nationalist movement" or adding that they are "mixing racism, white nationalism and populism."

Moving forward

Despite disavowing the term and the "alt-right" movement itself, critics of President-elect Donald Trump believe that he hasn't been strong enough in his opposition, and that his campaign's rhetoric helped to fuel the growth of the movement. In less than two months, Trump will be sworn in as the next commander in chief, and it doesn't look like he will speaking out against the movement anytime soon.