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Antisemite Of The Week: Richard Spencer, the Radical Right's Poster Boy

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Richard Spencer may be young but his hate fueled resume compete with those of prominent antisemites such as David Duke and Louis Farrakhan. Spencer, founder of the Alt-Right movement, is the president of a White Supremacist think tank, the National Policy Institute, and is running the Washington Summit Publishers (WSP), both conduits for spreading hate-filled, racist books, researches, and news articles.

In 2017, Richard Spencer was briefly suspended for spreading his vile antisemitism. He repeatedly tweeted antisemitic statements and has used the anti-Semitic "echoes" trope [a way for antisemites to identify Jews on social media] time and time again.

  • On May 6, 2017, Spencer tweeted: “There's a long tradition of Jews reserving the Holocaust as *the* extra special, sacred genocide.”

  • On June 18, 2017, Spencer tweeted: “Greg Johnson on how the Jews created homophobia and prevented Aryans from being pansexual. Very creepy stuff.” Spencer linked to an article in the white nationalist publication counter-currents.com that started: “Because of the distorting lens of the Jewish media, it is easy to think that all homosexuals are promoters of the Jewish agenda. And leftist gays really are repulsive.”

  • On July 1, 2017, Spencer retweeted a tweet about someone speaking about “US foreign policy and Jewish ritual murder.”

  • On July 4, 2017, Spencer shared an image on Twitter suggesting Jewish control over CNN.

  • On August 1, 2017, Spencer retweeted a tweet that said: “'The Big Lie’ is an example of the big lie. Hitler never advocated such a thing. He claimed in Mein Kampf that was Jewish behavior.”

On August 11, 2017, Spencer authored an article on Altright.com titled “What It Means To Be Alt-Right.” Spencer’s second point was titled “Jews.” It was the only ethnic group mentioned by name in the document. The section sought to distance white people from Jewish influence, stating: “The preservation of their identity as Jews was and is contingent on resistance to assimilation, sometimes expressed as hostility towards their hosts. ‘Judeo-Christian values’ might be a quaint political slogan, but it is a distortion of the historical and metaphysical reality of both Jews and Europeans.”

Richard Spencer calls for “a White Ethno-State on the American continent” and his white nationalist events have been accompanied by counter-protests and a heavy police presence. Spencer's supporters and counter-protesters have fought one another — sometimes with deadly consequences.

In 2017, Spencer organized a march at the University of Virginia (UVA) that featured Nazi chants. White nationalists carried torches — reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) cross burnings — and chanted “You will not replace us.” Some marchers were reported to have also chanted “Jew will not replace us!”.

Marchers also chanted “Blood and Soil!” — an English variation of a popular Nazi-era German chant “blut und boden.” Multiple marchers made Nazi salutes and the chant “sieg heil” was reportedly heard.

The next day, Spencer headlined the “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, that attracted the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) and white separatist League of the South (LS).

One neo-Nazi who attended the rally drove his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring at least 19. Another 14 were injured in other fighting between white nationalists and leftist counter-protesters.

Richard Spencer has become the most recognizable public face of the Radical Right; his movement and followers are inciting hate and encourage acts of violence against Jews.