The Alt-Right leader, Richard Spencer has maintained a low profile after the incident which saw him punched twice in the face during the inauguration festivities in Washington DC. However, he recently tweeted that the 9th Circuit decision represented an attack of the Deep State—
the legal- bureaucratic class—against Trump’s populism.
Spencer’s tweet came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a nationwide temporary injunction on President Trump’s executive order relation to refugees and visas from certain nations.
However, addressing one of the most interesting and potentially far-reaching aspects, it’s worth noting that
The President has vast discretion in issuance of visas. One of the major arguments against the executive order is that while in principle a president can limit immigration from the seven affected countries, it would therefore be unconstitutional for President Trump.
Unfortunately, like the 9th Circuit, Spencer’s central argument is based on Trump’s campaign statements on Muslim ban. Spencer’s focus appears to focus on due-process arguments as it fails to accept the basic validity of the form of the state’s argument.
Stephen Miller who is part of Trump’s administration and happens to have been involved in crafting Trump’s executive order was a member of the Duke Conservative Union, he worked closely with Richard Spencer, a Ph.D. student who later coined the term alt-right and has now become a leading white nationalist. Spencer claims that while at Duke, Miller helped him in fundraising and promotion for an on-campus debate on immigration policy that Spencer organized back in 2007, featuring influential white nationalist Peter Brimelow. However, Miller passionately denied having any connection to Spencer or his ideologies, but it was later confirmed by another member of the Duke Conservative Union that Miller and Spencer worked together on the Brimelow event. During one of the DCU meetings, Miller denounced multiculturalism and he expressed his concerns that immigrants from non-European countries were not assimilating.