Richard Spencer and David Duke, prominent leaders of the white supremacists movement, have lashed out at Trump’s caving to pressure and condemning extremist groups by name – including neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan – for the deadly weekend protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Richard Spencer, the 39-year-old white nationalist leader attempted to shrug off Trump’s denunciation saying, “The statement today was more Kumbaya nonsense. He sounded like a Sunday school teacher. I just don’t take him seriously… it sounded so hollow and vapid.” Spencer, who coined the white supremacy-cloaking moniker ‘alt-right,” is more reflective of the younger white men seen at the Charlottesville rally, brandishing tiki torches and sporting ‘fashy’ (fascists) haircuts. The alt-right leader continues to believe that Trump supports the white supremacy movement and refers to White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and chief strategist Steve Bannon as possible followers of the alt-right.
After blaming, “many sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, the President relented days laters and named the perpetrators directly, “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
David Duke, former KKK leader and bad plastic surgery poster boy, who Trump famously refused to condemn during the 2016 election campaign, let loose a Twitter meltdown on the president and the media, arguing that, “It’s amazing to see how the media is able to bully the President of the United States into going along with their FAKE NEWS narrative.” Duke even tried to spin a supportive argument for James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old accused of killing Heather Heyer with his car, claiming, “When you’re under attack… you panic and you do things that are wrong.” Duke had given credit days earlier to the president for the resurgence of the white supremacy movement, declaring, “This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.”
Although we don’t usually condone violence at Flagrant, please enjoy a short video of Richard Spencer being punched in the face: