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Now that the Trump campaign has installed Steve Bannon at the top of his presidential campaign, people are taking a hard look at his website, Breitbart News, and are struggling to find the best way to define it.

No, it’s not conservative.

No, calling it “right-wing” doesn’t quite fit, although in previous years — under the leadership of its original founder Andrew Breitbart — that would have been perfectly acceptable.

During the 2016 GOP presidential primary Breitbart News firmly transformed into what’s known as “Alt-Right.”

The Alt-Right fights a culture war in America without conscience. Think Pat Buchanan without religion. Fuming national populism in. Dedication to liberty and constitutionalism out. Everything revolves around white identity politics, with strong emphasis on immigration and trade

There’s a stylistic element, as well. Sometimes called the “vulgarians,” members of the Alt-Right celebrate coarse language. Because, in their circles, the more offensive one is the more one is committed to the cause.

So, of course, they are huge fans of the conspiracy-theory peddling presidential candidate Donald Trump who is all too happy to talk about the “size of his hands” on a presidential debate stage, insult an opponent’s wife, and the fact that Fox News’s Megyn Kelly was bleeding out of her “wherever.”

Where did all this come from? Internet-driven birther conspiracy theories. Really. It’s no coincidence that both the Alt-Right and Trump gained strength during Barack Obama’s presidency by aggressively questioning the circumstances of his birth. The birther movement didn’t take down Obama’s presidency, but it did birth the modern-day Alt-Right.

In those days Trump was, essentially, an Alt-Right internet troll who appeared in human form on cable TV. Today, Trump is an Alt-Right internet troll who appears in the form of a presidential candidate on cable TV.

If you don’t find their jokes funny you are a weak-kneed, disgusting Hillary Clinton-loving commie who is cheering for the end of America as we know it and will be forced to bow down and kiss the ring of Trump once he reigns supreme.

Former Breitbart Editor Ben Shapiro pinpoints the moment his previous employer embraced Alt-Right icon Milo Yiannopoulos — who is now permanently suspended from Twitter — as when the website decidedly changed. That date was March 29, in the height of the GOP presidential primary.

If you don’t find their jokes funny you are a weak-kneed, disgusting Hillary Clinton-loving commie who is cheering for the end of America as we know it and will be forced to bow down and kiss the ring of Trump once he reigns supreme.

As Shapiro points out Yiannapoulos had “already given interviews in which he stated that ‘Jews run the banks’ and ‘Jews run the media,’ dismissing anti-Semitic memes as merely ‘mischievous, dissident, trolly.’”

Similarly, many Jewish reporters have been targeted online with obscene anti-Semitic attacks by commenters who support Trump. See here, here, and here. Last March, Breitbart News labeled conservative writer Bill Kristol a “Renegade Jew” in a headline.

But hey, the Alt-Right would tell you that it’s all in good fun. They are just kidding, you know? If you don’t find their jokes funny you are a weak-kneed, disgusting Hillary Clinton-loving commie who is cheering for the end of America as we know it and will be forced to bow down and kiss the ring of Trump once he reigns supreme.

Trump’s supporters might be serious about that whole bowing down thing, too. Trump’s most-well known Apprentice villain-turned-supporter Omarosa Manigualt said as much in a soon-to-be released documentary.

 “Donald Trump is running for president because he really, truly believes he can turn the country around," she said. "More importantly, every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump.”

Bow down.

Maybe she’s just being, in the words of Yiannapoulous, “trolly.” It’s certainly a provocative statement that gets clicks.

Yet, this is precisely where the Alt-Right would logically take our country in 2017. They’d have us swear into office not a president, but a Troll-in-Chief.

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