Among the crowd at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference, an unwelcome face was found: Richard Spencer, a national alt-right leader and a white supremacist.
Spencer is president of the National Policy Institute. The institute is a white supremacist think tank based out of Arlington, Virginia. A statement from their website gives their purpose:
“NPI is an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world. It was founded in 2005 by William Regnery and Samuel T. Francis, in conjunction with Louis R. Andrews.”
Throughout the past election, white supremacy in this country has come out of the woodwork. Spencer came to CPAC clearly thinking he would find some friendly faces, and unfortunately, he did find some. However, according to Twitter, not everyone was so welcoming of the racist leader.
It didn’t take long for officials at CPAC to notice his presence and the ruckus being caused by it. Shortly after arriving, Spencer had his credentials revoked and was removed from the premises. He continued speaking outside to a small gathered crowd.
Dan Schneider, the Executive Director of the American Conservative Union acknowledged the removal in a statement:
“There is a sinister organization that is trying to worm its way into our ranks. We must not be deceived by [a] hateful, left-wing fascist group.”
Spencer continued to speak outside the convention, bashing President Trump’s relation to CPAC.
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