Richard Spencer, notable white supremecist most famous for becoming a meme after getting punched in the face by anti-racist activists, has vowed to continue marching on Charlottesville, Virginia despite increased criticism, scrutiny, and rejection of his idiosyncratic faction of "alt-right" demonstrators.
According to The Boston Globe, Spencer and his ilk organized another march (technically the third) on Charlottesville this past weekend. Although the second march sparked national controversy following an outbreak of violence (claiming the life of one counter-protestor) and a series of controversial statements from President Trump, this third march continued rather unhindered.
This latest march, dubbed Charlottesville 3.0 by Spencer, had been organized in private and was not announced publicly. On Saturday, around 40-50 men dressed in khaki carried torches and met at the covered statue of Robert E. Lee where they gave speeches on white identity before dispersing to chants of "We will be back!"
"Hello, Charlottesville. We have a message. We're back and we're going to keep coming back," one speaker had said, according to CNN.
‘‘Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards. You’re not welcome here! Go home! Meantime we’re looking at all our legal options. Stay tuned," wrote Mayor Mike Signer on Tiwtter, who promised to look into "[a]ll our legal options."
"‘It’s a joke," retorted Spencer, who plans on exploring his own legal options as well. "He has no authority to prevent lawful protests like what we did last night ... He currently thinks the City of Charlottesville is a sovereign nation or something."
"Our department is conferring with city leadership and the Commonwealth Attorney's office to determine what legal action may be taken in response to this event," police responded in a statement.
The first of Spencer's Charlottesville demonstrations, which had occurred in May, had actually been defended by the ACLU following attempts from the city to put a stop to the march: "The First Amendment prohibits the government from blocking a protest based on its content or viewpoint, or based on how the government anticipates others will respond to the protest," the ACLU had argued in federal court.
It's unclear when Spencer plans the next march, or how many he will plan going forward.
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