Alt-Right Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer is largely known for leading a group of fellow white supremacists in a “Heil Trump” chant right after the 2016 election. Now, he is commenting on the connection between Trump and the violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In fact, Spencer insists that the rally never would have happened had Trump not won the presidential election.
Spencer says of the event:
“There is no question that Charlottesville wouldn’t have occurred without Trump. It really was because of his campaign and this new potential for a nationalist candidate who was resonating with the public in a very intense way. The alt-right found something in Trump. He changed the paradigm and made this kind of public presence of the alt-right possible.”
The rally in question was organized as an event called “Unite the Right,” and it centered around the battle regarding a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Counter protesters showed up to push back on the alt-right, the Ku Klux Klan, and other white supremacist groups. The violence that broke out there resulted in the death of counter protester Heather Heyer, who died when James Fields Jr. plowed his car into a crowd. Many others were injured.
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke said that the rally was a “turning point” for white supremacists across the nation, and that he and his ideological brethren were going to “take [their] country back” and “fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.”
Whether Trump likes it or not, white nationalists everywhere are inspired by him. He may as well get used to it, or at least try to learn why he is such an inspiration to these people.
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.