White nationalist Spencer speaks at Auburn; 3 arrested

Richard Spencer

Richard Spencer

But still, if Spencer were scheduled to speak anywhere, I'd probably feel the same way about him.

Despite several hundred supporters and opponents of Spencer coming to campus, police did not report any riots, only the three arrests.

Mr. Spencer was infamously punched in the face during a televised interview in January.

When the talk was announced, many student groups voiced concerns that Spencer - perhaps best known for shouting "Let's party like it's 1933" at a conference of white nationalists in Washington - might incite violence on campus.

Spencer was not invited to speak by the school, but had paid $700 to use a space at the public university.

"N$3 one [of the people arrested] were AU students or from the Auburn area". "There'd be no history without us", he added later.

Then, a federal judge on granted Spencer's request for an injunction, effectively ordering Auburn to host his speaking event as originally scheduled.

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U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins found in favor of the plaintiff and enjoined Auburn from preventing the speech on the basis of content.

At first, the college tried to block Spencer from using the campus, but a federal judge undid the move on the grounds of free speech. The school was intent on allowing him his right to free speech, until threats of violence forced the school to cancel the event out of concerns for public safety. It is now more important than ever that we respond in a way that is peaceful, respectful, and maintains civil discourse.

That same day, Spencer tweeted to his 56,000 followers, "We are flying people to Auburn and purchasing safety gear".

The challenges seemed to embolden Spencer.

Spencer later told NBC News that his remarks had an "ironic exuberance" to them. I think Auburn University is naive and has totally misunderstood who I am if they think that I am going to politely back out of this.

But Spencer drew loud boos from people on both sides of the political divide when he declared the following during his speech at football-loving Auburn: "If I could wave a magic wand, I would absolutely ban football!" "I will be there 100 percent". "Our goal is to not be the next Berkeley".

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