Simon Wiesenthal Center Denounces “Sickening” Alt-Right Rally in Washington: FSWC Joins Call for U.S. President-Elect to Condemn “Hail Trump” Chant

November 23, 2016

Media Statement

Following a conference of alt-right supporters of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington this past weekend, as well as a rally which included movement leader Richard Spencer quoting Nazi propaganda and declaring, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory,” the Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on the U.S. President-Elect to speak out forcibly against the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who support him.

“Watching Spencer using Nazi slogans to spew forth his hate was sickening,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Founder and Dean and Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “The fact that the speech was given in the Nation’s Capitol, not far from Arlington National Cemetery - where some of the 418,000 American servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives in order to defeat Nazism are interred - is beyond the pale and deserves condemnation from the President-elect on down . . . We call on our future President and Commander in Chief to take on Spenser and his ilk directly," added Center officials. 

“I echo the sentiments of my colleagues in the U.S., who are confronting a newly empowered white supremacist movement which proudly supports the most evil ideology the world has ever seen,” said Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies President & CEO Avi Benlolo. “The anxiety felt by Jewish communities and minority groups across the U.S. is palpable; sadly, we have seen this antisemitic, racist hatred spill over into Canada in the past couple of weeks as well. Now is the time for the leaders of our civil institutions to fight against hatred and intolerance, to dispel fear and anxiety, and to work toward fostering the values of acceptance, empathy and tolerance.”

Stacey L. Starkman 
Director of Communications & External Relations
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