White nationalist Richard Spencer punched during interview – CNNPolitics.com


White nationalist Richard Spencer punched during interview – CNNPolitics.com – Spencer was answering questions on whether he was a neo-Nazi. He said he was not, and was then asked what the “Pepe the Frog” pin he was wearing signified. “Pepe the Frog” is an internet meme so often used by racists and anti-Semites it was designated a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League. As Spencer was speaking, a masked individual ran up, socked him in the face and fled. Spencer left, later tweeting there was, “no serious damage.” “It was absolutely terrible,” Spencer told CNN’s Sara Ganim by phone hours after the assault. “I’ve certain never had this happen before — a sucker punch in broad daylight.” D.C. police said there is no open investigation into the assault as Spencer has not filed a police report. Spencer says he called 911 at the scene and plans to file a police report. “I kind of like getting into vigorous back and forth with people who disagree with me,” said Spencer. “But punching like that just crosses a line — totally unacceptable.” He went onto say he feared future targeting, “Certainly, some people think I’m not a human being and I can just be attacked at will.” In November, the racism and anti-Semitism of the alt-right movement were on display in Washington when its members gathered to celebrate Trump’s victory.

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