KING: How Trump is leading transformation to turn GOP into KKK

Yeah, I'm dead serious.

No, it's not a stretch in the least bit.

This is not a conspiracy theory. It's not about what might happen. It's already a done deal. Let me explain.

Just weeks before Stephen Bannon was tapped to become the new CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign last month, he bragged to Sarah Posner of Mother Jones that Breitbart News, the media company he has led for years, "is the platform for the alt-right."

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Let's pause there.

The phrase "alt-right" was coined by one of the most bigoted, racist, white supremacists in America — Richard Betrand Spencer. He is the brain of the alt-right movement — which is nothing more than white supremacist bigotry by a new name. In 2013, the Anti-Defamation League labeled him as "symbol of the new white supremacy." The Southern Poverty Law Center called the 38-year old-Spencer "a suit-and-tie version of the white supremacists of old, a kind of professional racist in khakis."

They continued, "Spencer advocates for an Aryan homeland for the supposedly dispossessed white race and calls for 'peaceful ethnic cleansing' to halt the 'deconstruction' of European culture. But even some of the Europeans he lionizes have rejected him; in October 2014, his attempt to hold an NPI conference in Budapest, Hungary, resulted in his arrest and expulsion."

These are just a few deeply troubling quotes from Richard Spencer, the founder of the alt-right movement, provided to me by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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"Martin Luther King Jr., a fraud and degenerate in his life, has become the symbol and cynosure of White Dispossession and the deconstruction of Occidental civilization. We must overcome!" — National Policy Institute column, January 2014

"Immigration is a kind a proxy war — and maybe a last stand — for White Americans, who are undergoing a painful recognition that, unless dramatic action is taken, their grandchildren will live in a country that is alien and hostile." — National Policy Institute column, February 2014

"Our dream is a new society, an ethno-state that would be a gathering point for all Europeans. It would be a new society based on very different ideals than, say, the Declaration of Independence." — Quoted by Vice, October 2013

So, now please allow me to recap this.

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The new CEO of Donald Trump's campaign, Stephen Bannon, openly admitted to leading the online platform for the alt-right movement. Ben Shapiro, a lifelong conservative who worked for Breitbart for years before resigning in disgust recently wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post entitled "The Breitbart Alt-Right Just Took Over the GOP" and said it was "shot through with racism and anti-Semitism."

Shapiro continued saying how Breitbart's own lead writers openly said the primary difference between them and skinheads was "intelligence."

Richard Spencer, who is the man who coined the phrase "alt-right" and continues to serve as the intellectual and philosophical brain behind the movement, is an unabashed racist white nationalist. Two different anti-bigotry organizations have identified this man as a bigot for years.

Speaking of Trump, Spencer said that Trump was "energizing" white nationalists. "He's fighting for us. He's saying we're going to be great again. We're going to win again. And there's this implicit identity to this. There's this implicit nationalism. I think he's evoking a lot of feelings amongst people, and I think implicit in what Donald Trump is doing is a conception of America as a European country."

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This is where we are.

Stephen Bannon (pictured) bragged to Sarah Posner of Mother Jones that Breitbart News, the media company he has led for years, "is the platform for the alt-right."

Stephen Bannon (pictured) bragged to Sarah Posner of Mother Jones that Breitbart News, the media company he has led for years, "is the platform for the alt-right."

(CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS)

These aren't abstract thoughts. This isn't what might happen if we're not careful.

It's a done deal.

The Alt-Right Movement is the KKK with suits on. They hate to be called bigots or racists or white supremacists, so they created a new name for their movement that they hoped would allow them to blend into the mainstream, but please be clear, they are dangerous bigots.

Richard Spencer is a dangerous bigot who helped create this movement.

Stephen Bannon is a dangerous bigot who helped create the online home for the Alt-Right Movement and is now the CEO of Trump's campaign.

They aren't sneaky about any of this. It's happening right in front of our faces. Conservatives like Ben Shapiro and Glenn Beck are openly proclaiming to the world that Trump, Bannon, Spencer and the Alt-Right Movement are dangerous, but Trump continues to remain competitive.

He has tapped into the bigoted soul of America in ways that few of us could've predicted.

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