Less than a year after Charlottesville, the alt-right is self- destructing

From the Daily Beast:

Less than a year after its deadly rally in Charlottesville, the American alt-right is splintering in dramatic fashion as its leaders turn on each other or quit altogether.

Some have turned federal informant. Others are facing prison time. More are named in looming lawsuits. All of them are fighting.

Last summer, the American alt-right was presenting itself as a threatening, unified front, gaining national attention with a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The collection of far-right and white nationalist groups proclaimed victory after President Donald Trump hesitated to directly condemn them and instead blamed “both sides” and the “alt left” for the violence. But less than a year after Charlottesville, the alt-right is splintering in dramatic fashion as its leaders turn on each other or quit altogether.

Matthew Heimbach’s arrest in a March trailer park brawl with members of his neo-Nazi group — some of whom he was allegedly screwing — felt like a too-obvious metaphor. Heimbach was the head of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a youth-focused white supremacist group that floated to the front of media coverage and hate rallies in the run-up to Donald Trump’s election.

But by March, Heimbach and the TWP had spent the previous months embroiled in a series of online spats with other alt-right factions. On March 14, police in his Indiana hometown arrested Heimbach after he allegedly assaulted TWP spokesperson Matthew Parrott during a fight over their wives, both of whom Heimbach was allegedly sleeping with. Heimbach’s wife is Parrott’s stepdaughter.

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  1. When did
    Of the people, by the people, for the people
    turn into
    Of the NRA, by the corporations, for the very rich?
     
    When did
    Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
    turn into
    Dead children, overflowing jails and student loans?
     
    When did
    Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free
    turn into
    The Muslim ban, the end of DACA and the wall.
     
    When did
    spacious skies, amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties
    turn into
    desolate slums, glyphosate and global warming?
     
    When did
    our righteous, hopeful, generous pride
    turn into
    ugly, greedy, fearful stupidity?
     
    Is this the beginning of the new dark ages,
    with Putin controlling the world?
    Is it the beginning of the end of humanity,
    as we turn the Earth into a roiling, boiling bowl of dust?
    Will the planet go on without us,
    and rightly so?

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