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.

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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.