White nationalists celebrate Trump's victory at conference

Richard Spencer addresses a room of press and conference attendees at a news conference held by the National Policy Institute during its

A newly released video shows a room full of people doing the Hitler salute and yelling "Hail Trump!" after listening to a speech about white nationalism that invokes Nazi terminology.

President-elect Donald Trump, who spent his entire campaign spouting white nationalist rhetoric, has once again tried to distance himself from the hate-filled groups.

"It's not a group I want to energize".

Richard Spencer is in town for the largest white nationalist and Alt-Right conference of the year in Washington, DC on November 18, 2016.

In a meeting with the New York Times on Tuesday, the President-elect said "of course... And if they are energized I want to look into it and find out why", Maggie Haberman, presidential campaign correspondent, quoted Trump as saying. "It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us".

The Atlantic still had their camera rolling and caught a speech that began with Spencer shouting "Hail Trump!" and many in the crowd responding with Nazi salutes.

On immigration, Spencer said, Trump "left the door open to some kind of mass amnesty at a future date, talking about keeping the "good ones" in the country".

The remarks happened at the annual conference of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank, held Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Spencer popularized the so-called "alt-right" movement, which aims to preserve white identity, block multiculturalism and promote so-called "European" values.

Spencer said at the conference that the alt-right had a "psychic connection" with Trump.

At another point, Spencer said that to be "white is to be a striver, an explorer and a conqueror".

According to CNN, Trump condemned the far-right political movement, which promotes white nationalist, anti-Semitic and racist ideologies, after NYT's executive editor Dean Baquet asked him if he feels he energised the group.

Spencer, however, argued that Bannon wasn't fully representative of the alt-right movement either, but that it's "very hopeful for me that Bannon is at least open to these things".

At the Times on Tuesday, Trump said Breitbart "is just a publication" that "covers subjects on the right" and is "certainly a much more conservative paper, to put it mildly, than The New York Times".

The alt-right movement came to the fore during the United States presidential election.

Trump's top strategist, Steve Bannon, has called the website he used to run, Breitbart, a "platform for the alt-right".

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