The subtle redefinition of terms as best suits their immediate agenda is one of the Left's favorite tactics. That redefinition has clearly happened with the already too vaguely defined term "alt-right." According to leftist political opinion site Vox, "alt-right" now apparently applies to those who express a dedication to "family," "freedom," and "country" and believe Western values and culture are actually worth defending.
Here's the opening section of Vox's response to Trump's strong foreign policy speech in Warsaw on Thursday, a piece Vox titled "Trump's speech in Poland sounded like an alt-right manifesto":
This morning in Warsaw, Poland, President Donald Trump issued a battle cry — for “family, for freedom, for country, and for God" — in a speech that often resorted to rhetorical conceits typically used by the European and American alt-right. It sounded, at times, not just like the populists of the present but the populists of the past.
Drafted by Steve Miller, the architect of the travel ban, Trump’s speech used the type of dire, last-chance wording often utilized by the far right on both sides of the Atlantic: "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.”
“Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?” Trump asked. “Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”
So, yes, having "confidence in our values" and being willing to "defend them at any cost" now puts you in danger of being included among the "far right." Recognizing the detrimental effect that terrorism and mass immigration without assimilation is having on Europe and believing enough in Western values and culture to want to see them preserved is now officially the stuff of Nazi-sympathizing right-wingers.
One more excerpt from the Vox piece on Trump's unapologetically pro-America, pro-West speech, which faults him for daring to utter the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" and vowing to "prevail" against it:
In his address, Trump cast the West, including the United States and Europe, on the side of “civilization.” With an undercurrent of bellicosity, he spoke of protecting borders, casting himself as a defender not just of territory but of Western “values.” And, using the phrase he had avoided on his trip to Saudi Arabia, he insisted that in the fight against “radical Islamic terrorism,” the West “will prevail.”
Again and again, Trump held up Poland as an example, saying their history reminds the world that “the defense of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of the people to prevail.” He recalled the story of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis in 1944: “The West,” he said, “was saved with the blood of patriots.”
"Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken," said Trump in front of an enthusiastic crowd. "Our values will prevail, our people will thrive, and our civilization will triumph."
What the Left is really reacting against here is American and Western exceptionalism, Reaganesque "peace through strength" foreign policy, and good old fashioned plain speech. Espouse or engage in any of those and you are likely an extremist, or at least guilty of deliberately stirring extremists' violence by co-opting their hateful rhetoric.
Trump gave the Warsaw speech ahead of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, where hoards of leftists and anarchists are currently causing chaos. In the speech, Trump not only praised Poland as an example of a nation that served as "a symbol of hope" to Americans, he also ripped the nation with which the Left claims he has an insidious alliance: Russia. Ben Shapiro reports:
On Thursday, President Trump spoke in Poland, where he laid forth his plans for NATO Article 5 common defense. He stated that the United States “has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind Article 5. … Our defense is not just a commitment of money, it is a commitment of will.” Trump went on to explain, “Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield — it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls.” He even warned the Russian government directly: “We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere.” Trump also stated his support for missile defense in Poland against Russia.
So the media made sure to underscore that Trump's rebuke of Russia flies in the face of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, right? Right. Instead, the focus was on his overly strong rhetoric and "trashing of the American press corps and Intel community."