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‘Spiritual father’ of the alt-right considers himself a leftist — and rejects their homages to him

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Despite being an icon among members of the alt-right, French writer Alain de Benoist rejects comparisons between the movement supporting President Donald Trump and the New Right ideology he founded in the 1960’s.

“Maybe people consider me their spiritual father,” de Benoist told BuzzFeed News, “but I don’t consider them my spiritual sons.”

At present, the intellectual who “helped give an aura of respectability to the notion that European ‘identity’ needs to be defended against erasure by immigration” considers himself more left than right. He said he would have voted for Bernie Sanders in America’s presidential election in 2016, and supported leftist candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Sanders’ French counterpart, in his country’s elections.

De Benoist, BuzzFeed’s feature notes, possesses some troubling contradictions.

“He’s denounced racism but opposes integration,” the report reads. “He rejects demands that immigrants assimilate or ‘remigrate’ but laments ‘sometimes-brutal’ changes they bring to European communities.”

And perhaps most tellingly, de Benoist “disavows the alt-right but collaborates with some of the most prominent people associated with the movement” — including Richard Spencer, whose National Policy Institute de Benoist spoke to in 2013. According to the report, the founder of the French New Right continued to work with Spencer after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August, and even wrote an essay for a book published by the white nationalist’s press alongside an essay by a well-known anti-Semite.

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Most of the nearly 100 books de Benoist wrote haven’t been translated into English, and many of the modern translations have been commissioned by white nationalists who praise his work. When asked by BuzzFeed if he’d withdraw his books from presses run by people whose ideologies he claims to reject, de Benoist deadpanned: “Sure I could, but who will publish me?”

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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