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Alt-Right Around the World: Here Are 4 Countries Where the Authoritarian Forces Have Been Spreading Their Messages

October 29, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

It's a troubling trend for the world.

After winning a double-digit victory in Brazil’s presidential election on October 28, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro received a phone call from an ardent supporter: President Donald Trump. On Twitter, Trump posted, “Had a very good conversation with the newly elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who won his race by a substantial margin. We agreed that Brazil and the United States will work closely together on Trade, Military and everything else! Excellent call, wished him congrats!”

It was an example of the American alt-right cheering for the Brazilian alt-right. Steve Bannon (former White House chief strategist under Trump) has also been an enthusiastic Bolsonaro supporter, as have the staff of Breitbart News. For all its isolationist America-first rhetoric, the American alt-right has been finding common ground with extremists and authoritarians in other countries—including Bolsonaro, who the Brazilian press has dubbed “The Trump of the Tropics” because of his extreme nationalism, racist remarks, overt misogyny and history of praising dictators.

Here are four countries where the American alt-right has been openly supportive of white nationalists and authoritarians—and in some cases, has been networking with them.

1. France

When centrist/neoliberal Emmanuel Macron defeated white nationalist and National Front leader Marine Le Pen by 65-34% in France’s 2017 presidential race, it was characterized as a landslide rejection of racism and bigotry. Le Pen lost by 31%, but here’s the frightening part: about one in three French voters supported her—which would be sort of like David Duke winning one-third of the vote in a presidential race in the United States. Unfortunately, the National Front isn’t going away, and Steve Bannon sees the obvious parallels between Trump’s presidency and the French white nationalist/anti-immigrant movement that Le Pen is leading.

Bannon, in fact, spoke at a major National Front gathering in France on March 10, declaring, “Let them call you racists. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor. Because every day, we get stronger—and they get weaker.”   

2. Brazil

Many immigrants and people of color felt like they …read more


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