WASHINGTON — At the last notes of President Trump's inaugural address, and moments before the roar of the crowd traveled up the National Mall, a tall skinny man in a forest-green felt Stetson and a dark trench coat leaped to his feet.
"Give 'em hell, Donald!" Jared Taylor yelled from the third row of seats at the foot of the Capitol steps, just below the presidential podium.
Taylor, 65, a leading white-nationalist thinker considered the father of the so-called alt right, had found much to like in Trump's call for a renewed national pride that will lift up the "forgotten men and women" who elected him in November.
"From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only, 'America First,' " Trump said.
"I very much approve," Taylor said in brief interview. "Too many Republicans and Democrats alike think America is up for grabs for the globalists and illegal immigrants. There was a very clear sense that stops now."
Taylor is founder and editor of American Renaissance magazine, labeled by civil-rights groups as a font of racist ideology, along with its parent organization New Century Foundation. He advocates preserving the cultural identity of the United States.
"What binds us together is European civilization, as it has since the founding of this country," Taylor said.
He does not consider himself a white supremacist or racist, but a "race realist," saying that race is the sharpest dividing line in the world, and that whites of European descent have as much right to look after their own interests as blacks and other races do.
Can Trump halt what Taylor has said is the erosion of American culture?
"He's going to have a very hard job," Taylor said. "You cannot make America great again with a Third World population."
And then a group of young men with severe haircuts mobbed Taylor, grabbing his hand and telling him how much they admire his work.