Neo-Nazi Leader Richard Spencer Credits ‘Nationalist’ President With Boosting ‘Public Presence of Alt-Right’: ‘Charlottesville Wouldn’t Have Happened Without Trump’

White nationalist leader Richard Spencer said the “Unite the Right” rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, in June of 2017 “would not have occurred without Trump” becoming president.

Spencer, the organizer of the rally and a white nationalist leader who coined the term “alt-right,” made the remarks to The Atlantic in a broader piece published Tuesday detailing what the magazine titled “An Oral History of Trump’s Bigotry.”

“There is no question that Charlottesville wouldn’t have occurred without Trump,” Spencer said. “It really was because of his campaign and this new potential for a nationalist candidate who was resonating with the public in a very intense way.“

Spencer added in The Atlantic piece that the “alt-right found something in Trump.”

“He changed the paradigm and made this kind of public presence of the alt-right possible,” he said.

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SOURCE: OWEN DAUGHERTY
The Hill