If you’ve been following the antics of some of the weirdos orbiting the Trump administration, you’ll know the name Richard Spencer, a far-right alt-right. His views are so repugnant that he was actually forcefully removed from the Conservative Political Action Conference. (If you’re too far to the right for Steve Bannon and his crew, that’ll tell you something.)
But before he was thrown out, he addressed some reporters’ questions including a softball query about whether or not he liked rock music. Spencer said that he did, singling out Depeche Mode as his all-time favourite (cf. this post on his Facebook page) and that the band is “the official band of the alt-right.”
Richard Spencer, asked if he likes rock music, says “Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right.”
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 23, 2017
This endorsement is actually worse than it seems at first blush. Many of Spencer and his ilk are fans of a form of electronic music called fashwave, a sound that definitely has plenty of DM DNA running through it.
Depeche Mode and their fans were horrified. Here’s a statement: “That’s pretty ridiculous. Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt-right and does not support the alt-right movement.” In fact, Dave Gahan has already compared Donald Trump to Hitler.
And remember when Spencer got clocked in the face? Someone has posted this.
Thanks to AV Club for the tip.