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


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.

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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."

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."

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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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