After Three Days, Trump Condemns Nazi Salutes at Supporters' Event

Speakers at a conference organized by the white supremacist think thank the National Policy Institute quoted Nazi propaganda and said the media protects Jewish interests.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump walks past a crowd as he leaves the New York Times building following a meeting, New York, U.S., November 22, 2016.
Mark Lennihan, AP

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. 

"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.”

Excerpts from Richard Spencer's speech, as published by The Atlantic. The Atlantic, YouTube

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.