Yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the county where the University of Florida resides, as local authorities prepare for possible mayhem caused by alt-right Nazi Richard Spencer when he gives a speech to university students there.
“I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent,” Scott said in the order, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
According to Politico, Spencer’s white nationalist think tank, the National Policy Institute, paid $10,564 to rent space at UF’s Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for his address.
Spencer, the “Hail Trump!” shouting, alt-right figure who made racist tiki-torch rallies a thing, was in the crowd in Charlottesville when suspected white nationalist James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car through a crowd of progressive protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
UF students who oppose Spencer being allowed to come to campus made their voices heard at a university rally Monday, shouting, “Lock out Nazis, not students!”
“We don’t want Spencer here because he is a white nationalist [who] calls for ethnic cleansing and genocide in the pursuit of a white ethno-state,” an activist with the group No Nazis at UF said via Facebook Messenger on Monday. “His ideology is inherently violent and puts marginalized students and community members in danger.”
As of this writing, at least 895 people have expressed interest in participating in a scheduled counterprotest against Spencer’s visit on Thursday.
Spencer didn’t say much on Twitter about Scott’s emergency declaration Monday. Instead, he let others do the talking for him, retweeting a post from fellow white nationalist James Allsup.
Spencer also plans to speak at the University of Cincinnati in the near future, according to the Cincinnati Inquirer. The southwest Ohio university’s school administrators announced Friday they would allow Spencer to come to campus.
You might also recall Spencer from this now-infamous meme:
HA! Never gets old.
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