In a recent appearance on Red Ice Radio, Occidental Dissent’s Brad Griffin (aka “Hunter Wallace”) boasted of how white nationalist talking points are being parroted by Donald Trump. Since Henrik Palmgren and Lana Lokteff were busy attending the Identitarian Ideas IX conference in Stockholm — more on that in a later post — the interview was conducted by an associate who goes by the pseudonym Reinhard Wolff.
Wolff mentioned Donald Trump’s baffling speech in Melbourne, FL in which he referenced some unknown incident that occurred “last night” in Sweden. Multiple news outlets, not knowing what Trump meant when he said this, presumed that he was inventing a terrorist attack out of whole cloth.
From his language, it wasn’t a stretch to make that assumption, since he seemed to indicate that a single, concrete event took place the night before his speech that was caused by immigrants.
Wolff and Griffin, however, treated this as a smear, and pointed out that Trump was clearly referencing a story highlighted by the Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight.
During the segment in question, right-wing filmmaker Ami Horowitz plugged his anti-immigrant “documentary” Stockholm Syndrome, and claimed that Muslim migrants have caused “an absolute surge in gun violence and rape in Sweden.” Not only is this false, but, after the segment aired, two Swedish police officers interviewed by Horowitz claimed he took statements of theirs out of context.
Griffin pointed out that what was truly interesting about this situation was that these rumors of skyrocketing migrant crime began in the white nationalist community and moved up the media “food chain” to the President himself. Griffin remarked that Stefan Molyneux “had made a big, popular video about” the rapes occurring in Sweden, while Alex Jones had interviewed people about the country’s “refugee crisis.”
“So it literally went all the way up the food chain from the alt-right and white nationalists to the alt-lite, and from them to the [edgiest] mainstream conservatism, which would be The Tucker Carlson Show, ” Griffin continued. “And then it went up there from him to, you know, Breitbart and the President.”
Wolff: So, while at a rally on Saturday, Donald Trump said the following. He said, “You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
So, he was apparently referring to a report he saw on Fox News the night prior. So the worst that he can really be faulted for here is maybe a clumsy choice of words.
But the media, you know, went crazy and they were all — you know, almost every mainstream media article I saw talking about this — they were claiming that Trump said that there was a terror attack the night before. And they specifically used the words “terror attack” despite Trump never having uttered them. So what are your thoughts on this?
Griffin: Oh they thought they had caught President Trump in a gaffe and was trying to manufacture a narrative that was completely false, that he said there had been a terror attack, when he was just referring to the show that he saw on Tucker Carlson Tonight. And that actually featured a segment from a documentary called Stockholm Syndrome by the Jewish filmmaker Ami Horowitz who’s been over there. He toured a no-go zones [sic], got knocked out —
Griffin: — was threatened, and… Anyway, so Ami Horowitz was on Tucker explaining it. And President Trump heard it. But what’s interesting is that, even before that, in the weeks prior to that being on the show, you know, it had kinda come up the food chain. In that Stefan Molyneux had made a big, popular video about it. The rapes in Sweden. Alex Jones on The Alex Jones Show, they’ve been interviewing people about the refugee crisis in Sweden.
And, you know, as I pointed out, there was a bunch of videos on YouTube and there was a lot of discussion goin’ on in the alt-lite conspiracy world. And even before that, you know, the alt-right was talking about the refugee crisis in Sweden and how political correctness is…
So it literally went all the way up the food chain from the alt-right and white nationalists to the alt-lite, and from them to the [edgiest] mainstream conservatism, which would be The Tucker Carlson Show. And then it went up there from him to, you know, Breitbart and the President. So it’s just, how that happened over the last month is a really amazing and instructive story. And the lesson of it is that the writing we do, the podcasts and conversations we have, influence the brands [inaudible].
Griffin: And then, you know, the people who run Daily Caller and Tucker Carlson Tonight and all these other — Breitbart — they see that material and they pick it up and that drives the news cycle. And then it goes all the way up to the highest levels of the government now.
Wolff: Absolutely. And you know what that really shows is that the kind of monopoly on the dissemination of information and the creation of culture that the mainstream media formally had, and still does kind of have to a certain point, is being lessened. And I think that’s one thing that, you know, the rise of the alt-right — and to a lesser extent the alt-lite — really shows is that the media doesn’t really have the ability to manufacture consensus as it used to, which is definitely a very good thing for us.