Alt-right rally in Washington, DC, August 2018

There was great anxiety over turnout among the organisers of the white power rally “Unite the Right 2,” the follow-up to the infamous event in Charlottesville last year. Key members of the movement, also known as the alt-right, were snubbing the event. “We do not want the image of being a bunch of weird losers who march around like assholes while completely outnumbered and get mocked by the entire planet,” Andrew Anglin, one luminary, wrote in an open letter on his Daily Stormer website. “Won’t likely attend,” Richard Spencer, another, told Newsweek. “We don’t have anything to gain,” said the League of the South.

A spokesperson for the pseudo-intellectual group Identity Evropa coolly told me that, “We don’t intend to participate in the activities of other movements.” Meanwhile, the Traditionalist Worker Party, a feared street-fighting formation, had recently imploded in a bizarre trailer-park bust-up, after its leader, Matt Heimbach, was caught sleeping with his father-in-law’s wife – so they couldn’t come either.

Last summer, a few hundred assorted neo-Nazis, skinheads, Klansmen and regular-looking, preppy white guys from all over the country had put aside their minor differences to terrorise the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, with two days of swastika-waving and lethal violence. But the movement has splintered since then…

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