White supremacist Richard Spencer has had a rough couple of days, although it’s difficult to feel any sympathy considering that he’s brought all the trouble on himself.
On Friday, Spencer was punched in the face on camera while being interviewed following President Donald Trump’s inauguration. By Sunday, he was back in the news for getting annihilated by Twitter after his tweet to comedian Aziz Ansari went viral.
Instead of just laying low in his mother’s basement like other trolls, Spencer is very vocal about his nationalist views, and because of that, he has been ruffling many people’s feathers.
During Ansari’s politically-driven monologue on “Saturday Night Live,” he referenced the alt-right movement and their “casual white supremacy” or the “lowercase KKK” movement.
“The problem is, there’s a new group ... I’m talking about this tiny slice of people who have gotten way too fired up about the Trump thing for the wrong reasons,” Ansari said. “I’m talking about these people that, as soon as Trump won, they’re like, ‘We don’t have to pretend like we’re not racist anymore! We don’t have to pretend anymore! We can be racist again! Woo!’”
He went on to say that these people he described tend to say things like “go back to where you came from,” to him.
After the show aired, Spencer tried to be snide by tweeting directly at the comedian, “It seems like we really triggered you? #AltRight.”
Since he went after Ansari, Twitter decided to troll him in return by reminding him — one after another — that the whole world saw him cry on television after being punched just days ago.
@RichardBSpencer everyone saw you cry on tv— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) January 23, 2017
@RichardBSpencer everyone saw you cry on TV— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) January 23, 2017
.@RichardBSpencer Everyone saw you cry on tv.— Theodore Leo (@tedleo) January 23, 2017
@RichardBSpencer everyone saw you cry on tv— Astro Upulie (@upulie) January 23, 2017
While we don’t condone unnecessary violence against anyone (no matter how much they may have deserved it), Twitter’s choice to highlight what happened to Spencer serves as an example of the fitting cliché, “What goes around comes around.”
You can’t go around bullying and directing inflammatory remarks at people, but then have the audacity to play the victim when someone takes a shot back at you — literally or figuratively.
This will likely not be the last we hear of Spencer, but hopefully these back-to-back embarrassments will compel him to lay low for a bit.
Banner/Thumbnail Photo Credit: Richard Spencer - Reuters
Aziz Ansari - Wikimedia Commons, Tyler Ross