U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned an alt-right conference in Washington held over the weekend during which some members performed a Hitler salute and yelled "Hail Trump!" after a speech about white nationalism.
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"I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn," Trump said in a New York Times interview in New York, according to a reporter's Twitter post.
Speakers at the conference, held at the federally owned Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, quoted Nazi propaganda and said the media protects Jewish interests.
A video published by The Atlantic shows parts of a speech delivered by Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist within the alt-right movement.
“Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” Spencer declared as some raised their hand in a Nazi salute.
“One wonders if these people are people at all, or instead soulless golem,” Spencer said in a reference to a Jewish fable, using a Nazi-era propaganda term to describe the mainstream media – “lugenpresse.”
In his meeting with the New York Times reporters, Trump also said that his son-in-law Jared Kushner could help make peace between Israelis and Palestinians.