White nationalist Richard Spencer punched in the face during interview (video)

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Richard Spencer, one of the loudest voices in the so-called "alt-right" movement, was punched in the face on the day of President Trump's inauguration during a live interview, and proceeded to use the incident to argue that his critics are violent and intolerant.

Spencer said in a video he posted on Twitter that as he gave the interview, several people began circling him, including an African-American man who did a "Sieg Heil" salute to mock him. Others asked if he was a Neo-Nazi, which he denied.

Then a man whose face was disguised suddenly popped into the shot to slug Spencer. "He came out of nowhere and and punched me and he didn't really land one... it's not a big deal... it didn't really land and it didn't hurt that much," Spencer said. "This is who these people are. These are these total cowards that we're dealing with."

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One reason people may have thought Spencer is a Neo-Nazi is that at an alt-right gathering soon after Trump's election, Spencer led a crowd in calling out, "Hail Trump! Hail our people!" He also said, "Hail victory!," the English translation of "Sieg Heil!" He also said, "To be white is to be a striver, a crusader, an an explorer and a conqueror."

At the moment he was punched, Spencer was explaining why he was wearing a pin of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character who has been usurped as a symbol of the alt-right movement.

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