Avowed white supremacist Richard Spencer on Monday argued racist rally-goers who clashed with counter protesters in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend “could have killed them with our bare hands.”
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Spencer was speaking about Antifa, the anti-fascist political movement that arrived in Charlottesville after hundreds of white supremacists descended on the city to protest the removal of a prominent statue of Confederate commander Robert E. Lee.
The alt-right leader also told reporters city and state officials have “blood on their hands” after a post-rally gathering ended in the tragic death of 32-year old Heather Heyer. James Fields, a Nazi sympathizer, drove his car into a group of counter-protestors, killing Heyer and injuring 19 others. Spencer on Monday declined to condemn the 20-year old’s actions.
"I am not going to condemn this young man at this point,” Spencer said, insisting "there is a great deal of ambiguity” regarding the events that transpired Saturday.
"My cause has nothing to do with this car,” Spencer said.
Richard Spencer denies Alt-Right is to blame for violence. Claims city and state officials have "blood on their han… https://t.co/QF1YxpfeoY— Michael Miller (@Michael Miller)1502741649.0
Commenting on the president’s statement Monday finally disavowing white nationalists, Spencer said “only a dumb person would take those lines seriously.”
"Its just silliness,” Spencer said,. “It’s not serious and I don’t think anyone takes it seriously including the president.”
Richard Spencer calls Trumps statement today "nonsense" and "silliness" "I just don't take him seriously...it sounded so hollow"— Ben Schreckinger (@Ben Schreckinger)1502742647.0