Neo-Nazi tries crashing libertarian conference, gets kicked out
Richard Spencer is back with his latest publicity stunt:
Richard Spencer — the alt right leader who vowed “we’re not going away” after Donald Trump won the presidency, was caught leading a Nazi salute for Trump and who got punched in the face at his hero’s inauguration — was evicted from the 10th annual International Students for Liberty Conference after trying to crash its party.
“Spencer, a self-declared white nationalist who believes the U.S. is losing its white identity, had no business attending a gathering of libertarian students, and conference organizers had every right to eject him,” Robby Soave wrote in Reason Magazine. “Indeed, their decision to do so was a valid exercise of libertarian principles in action.”
Soave described how Spencer “set himself up in the bar of the hotel” in Washington D.C. where the event was being held and “attempted to host an unscheduled and unwanted conversation about his despicable views.” He was eventually confronted by libertarian pundit Jeffrey Tucker, who “confronted Spencer and made clear to the alt-right provocateur that he ‘did not belong’ at ISFLC. Some shouting ensued, and hotel staff intervened. Shortly thereafter, Spencer left.”
In characteristic libertarian fashion, Soave pointed out that “the Marriott Wardman hotel is private property, and should enjoy the absolute right to evict irksome and unwelcome guests from its premises.”
Of course, timing is everything, and Spencer was overshadowed by fellow high-profile racist Milo Yiannopoulos’s spectacular crash-and-burn.