Twitter Has Field Day With #AltRightMeans Before Clinton Speech

AP

Hillary Clinton is expected to speak at length Thursday afternoon about the so-called “alt-right,” the movement that arose online as an alternative to mainstream conservatism.

Clinton’s address will thrust the loosely organized and deeply anti-establishment movement into the mainstream after avowed alt-right supporters enjoyed lurking in the fringe-y anonymity of the internet for years.

In Trump, the alt-right found a natural, long-awaited savior who promised to overthrow the status quo in Washington, D.C. with his anti-immigrant, politically incorrect, populist campaign. Trump’s hiring of Steve Bannon as his campaign’s CEO last week was widely viewed as the GOP nominee’s embracing the alt-right, which has found its closest media ally in the conservative news site Breitbart, which Bannon chaired.

White nationalists, anti-Semites, Gamergaters and a veritable cornucopia of bigots have also found kinship in the amorphous alt-right, which has delighted in harassing Jewish journalists and anyone else they view as a “social justice warrior.” For an exhaustive parsing of the movement’s various wings by one of its patron saints, you can read Milo Yiannopoulos over at Breitbart.

Needless to say, responses to the #AltRightMeans hashtag, which was trending at number two worldwide on Thursday, have run the gamut.

There were serious tweets from the alt-right crowd:

But there were also a lot of good jokes. Here are just a few of the very best:

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