‘Anyone here feeling bamboozled by the Donald?’ The President-elect appears to be losing support with extreme right group that backed his campaign 

One of Donald Trump’s most vocal and divisive supporter groups appears to be losing faith by the President-elect – long before he even takes office.

The ‘alt-right’, a group many Trump critics have accused his adviser, Steve Bannon, of being a part of, is home to those on the extreme right-wing who go against mainstream conservatism.

During the election, alt-right groups were particularly fond of some of Trump’s more extreme stances – such as jailing his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and building a wall across the US-Mexico border to stop immigrants entering the country. 

Donald Trump (pictured at the New York Times on November 22) appears to be losing some support within the extreme 'alt-right' group

Donald Trump (pictured at the New York Times on November 22) appears to be losing some support within the extreme ‘alt-right’ group

Bannon himself previously labeled his former website, Breitbart, a ‘platform for the alt-right’. 

However, it appears many of those same people could be starting to become disillusioned with the Trump – based off a lengthy discussion that appeared on Reddit. 

The thread was made and commented on after Trump disavowed Richard Spencer and his far-right think-tank the National Policy Institute, in the wake of the emergence of a video showing the group giving the Nazi salute at an event in Washington DC.

‘I don’t want to energize the group. I’m not looking to energize them. I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group,’ Trump told the New York Times

Trump (pictured on November 20 with Chris Christie) was backed by the group - which was especially supportive of some of his more extreme policies 

Trump (pictured on November 20 with Chris Christie) was backed by the group – which was especially supportive of some of his more extreme policies 

'Anyone here feeling bamboozled by the Donald?' a user asked on Reddit after Trump's recent comments

‘Anyone here feeling bamboozled by the Donald?’ a user asked on Reddit after Trump’s recent comments

‘Anyone here feeling bamboozled by the Donald?’ the user who created the post wrote.

Some immediately responded by saying it was expected Trump could not publicly support the group, but he would do so with his actions.

‘Bro, what was he gonna say? “I am here to energize racist and secure a future for ourselves and white children! I am the second coming of Adolf Hitler! Heil Me!”‘ one person wrote.

‘He’s gonna disavow. The only times he does is when he is pressured to, which is better than any other Republican, who fall over themselves to rebuke before they’re even asked.’

The 'alt-right' movement features a think-tank ran by conservative Richard Spencer, who Donald Trump disavowed

The ‘alt-right’ movement features a think-tank ran by conservative Richard Spencer, who Donald Trump disavowed

Other commenters suggested Trump has never been part of the alt-right, contrary to what people have claimed

Other commenters suggested Trump has never been part of the alt-right, contrary to what people have claimed

Another added: ‘Trump can’t be non-negative on the alt-right. We support him because he agrees with us on important policy goals, not because he flatters us.’

‘Trump is saying exactly what I’d be saying if I were about to be president. I’m not worried about him,’ said another. 

Meanwhile, some suggested Trump was never part of their group to begin with.

‘Trump never has been alt-right, and anyone that actually believed this until now is an alt-lite,’ one wrote.

‘Not really. Donald isn’t alt right, never was. He’s a hell of a step in the right direction though,’ another said.

Trump walked away from the group after video emerged of Spencer leading supporters in Washington DC in giving the Nazi salute

Trump walked away from the group after video emerged of Spencer leading supporters in Washington DC in giving the Nazi salute

Some of the users made offensive comments about wanting to 'cleanse' America

Some of the users made offensive comments about wanting to ‘cleanse’ America

‘Not at all. Trump’s a civic nationalist which is a step in the right direction. His election was all about buying time, securing the Supreme Court and stopping illegal immigration. His victory is important but I hope no one deluded themselves into thinking that he was the second coming,’ added another. 

Other commenters took the conversation down an even more offensive path, suggesting the ‘alt-right’ needs to find a new leader who will ‘cleanse America’.

‘You are fooled if you think Trump was going to give us some sort of permission slip to start cleansing America. He isn’t our “man on a white horse”… I didn’t quite like the hail Trump part. Maybe hail Richard spencer? Since he actually seems to say what we all feel. I think we need a new leader,’ one user, who posted his comments under a racist name, wrote.

Members of the alt-right are seen giving a Nazi salute during a think-tank conference in Washington DC last weekend

Members of the alt-right are seen giving a Nazi salute during a think-tank conference in Washington DC last weekend

It comes after a video taken by The Atlantic inside the conference showed Spencer, leader of the National Policy Institute, shouting, ‘Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!’ as some of the people in attendance lifted their hands in a Nazi salute.

Spencer ‘made several direct and indirect references to Jews and other minorities, often alluding to Nazism,’ according to a statement from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

‘He spoke in German to quote Nazi propaganda and refer to the mainstream media. He implied that the media was protecting Jewish interests and said, “One wonders if these people are people at all?”‘

Spencer also claimed that America belongs to white people, who he suggested are faced with the decision to either ‘conquer or die’. The latter statement, the museum said, ‘closely echoes Adolf Hitler’s view of Jews and that history is a racial struggle for survival.’