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Neo-Nazis like Richard Spencer dress up their racism, and the media is taking the bait

Have you met the dashing new bachelor joining the Washington elite? The debonair wunderkind taking the capital by storm? Mother Jones introduced him as “dapper,” and the Los Angeles Times framed his latest intellectual venture as the “new think tank in town.”

Who are these reliable bastions of American journalistic tradition talking about? A neo-Nazi.

The subject of the Times story is the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist “think thank” led by Richard Spencer. Spencer’s goal is to bring the racist ideology of white nationalism — the political idea that America should be fortified as a white nation — into the mainstream by dressing up typically abhorrent ideas in a suit and tie and selling it as serious discourse.

Over the weekend, Spencer — who invented the term “alt-right” as a euphemism for white supremacy in 2008 — held a landmark post-election meeting of the NPI. The crowd was a mix of conservative writers, white nationalists and right-wing celebrities like Tila Tequila, the MySpace star turned neo-Nazi.

After Spencer spoke — cheering Donald Trump’s election victory and quoting “Nazi propaganda in the original German,” the New York Times reported — his crowd cheered with a Nazi salute and shouted, “Heil the people! Heil victory!”

The goal of a think tank is to research and advance ideas. The NPI wants people to take its debunked “race science” seriously.