Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer Doesn’t Want To Be Known As A ‘Nazi’

“German National Socialism is a historic movement of the past. It arose at a very particular time and had particular motives and ideas and policies and styles.”

While addressing some questions about the “deeply worrying” assault on his person, Richard Spencer told The New York Times he is not a Nazi but a member of the alt-right, which supports “peaceful ethnic cleansing.”

For those who don’t know, Spencer runs a nefarious but respectably named white supremacist organization called the National Policy Institute, whose core objective is to eliminate or ostracize people of color to preserve European culture in the United States.

To many of his critics, his rhetoric stink of World War II Nazism, yet the white nationalist declared he is different from his alleged idol, Adolf Hitler, because “Nazi” is a “historical” term.

“German National Socialism is a historic movement of the past,” Spencer said. “It arose at a very particular time and had particular motives and ideas and policies and styles, and those aren’t mine.”

Judging from the way he preferred to call Nazism “German Nationalism Socialism,” it is possible he was trying to unsuccessfully distance the movement from the various negative connotations of the term.

He also said a similar movement will “not resonate today” with the people.

But as evident from a Washington, D.C., conference video in November, which was rife with Nazi slogans, terminologies and quotes, not to mention Hitler-style salutes, it is clear that he is much more inspired by the Holocaust then he lets on.

After Friday’s assault, a debate has sprung up on whether it is ethical to hit a person with such hate-filled, racist sentiments.



As for Spencer, he said he is now too afraid to go out in public without security — like all minorities who have ever been targeted with swastikas and lynched puppets.

“I don’t think I could go out to an inauguration event without bodyguards or a protest or a conference,” he said on his Periscope account. “I am more worried about going out to dinner on an average Tuesday because these kind (sic) of people are roaming around.”

“I’m going to have to start really thinking about operational security,” he added.

It’s not just his physical well being he’s worried about, however, but also his self-esteem.

“I’m afraid this is going to become the meme to end all memes,” he said. “That I’m going to hate watching this.”

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