Richard Spencer is pushing forward after Charlottesville:
“The University of Florida says it did not intend to “permanently” bar white nationalist Richard Spencer from speaking on campus and will try to accommodate him if he makes another request.
“The University believed at the time it decided to deny the request for the September 12 speech that the decision was prudent and constitutional, and we continue to believe that it was,” UF’s interim general counsel wrote in a letter to Spencer’s representatives on Friday morning. “Any new request by Mr. Spencer will be treated in the ordinary course consistent with all other such requests.”
In mid-August, the university rejected Spencer’s application to speak on campus, citing concerns about violence in the wake of Charlottesville. UF President Kent Fuchs emailed students about his decision, saying that though Spencer’s rhetoric is “repugnant,” the university ultimately made its decision based on “the likelihood of violence and potential injury — not the words or ideas.” …”
We won in federal court in Auburn and Charlottesville.
In Auburn, the police unmasked Antifa and maintained public order. The Alt-Right was allowed to enter the event safely. There were a few disruptions inside the building. My only criticism would be that the mob overpowered police and was allowed to rush our people as they were exiting Foy Hall.
In Charlottesville, the police lied to us and stood down. They allowed Antifa to form a blockade around Lee Park and attack our people entering the #UniteTheRight rally. The Charlottesville police effectively deputized Antifa, allowed them to incite a riot and used the riot as a pretext to declare an “unlawful assembly.” Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a “state of emergency” and the riot police pushed the Alt-Right into the hordes of violent Antifa on Market Street. Afterwards, the Charlottesville police charged our people with crimes for defending themselves while returning to their vehicles.
No one knows if Richard Spencer’s appearance in Gainesville will turn out to be another Berkeley, Auburn, Pikeville, New Orleans or Charlottesville. It really all depends on the response of law enforcement. This is the crucial variable in all of these events which can be extremely violent (Berkeley and Charlottesville), reasonably safe (New Orleans and Auburn) or best case scenario (Pikeville).
The Kentucky State Police did an excellent job in Pikeville. Antifa was kept barricaded across the street. Police officers occupied a neutral zone. Riot police staged in nearby buildings. Crucially, the Pikeville Police and Kentucky State Police provided safe exit and entry for both sides. In such a way, everyone was able to assert their First Amendment rights without any violence.
Shouldn’t that be the way to go? We just want to speak and hold public events. We don’t want any violence. It is Antifa who the Obama DHS and FBI labeled a domestic terrorist group who initiate violence in accordance with their “no platforming” doctrine. If Antifa are not restrained, they will initiate violence as they have been doing all over the United States at rightwing events.
Anyway, this month is shaping up to be a September to remember. We have Richard Spencer speaking at the University of Florida. We have Ben Shapiro, Ann Coulter and MILO speaking at Berkeley. This could be explosive unless DOJ finally steps in and clamps down on Antifa violence. It should have been done after the Trump inauguration, but it has to happen or these clashes will continue to escalate.