White supremacist leader and neo-Nazi Richard Spencer planned to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Thursday, October 19. According to CNN, it was Spencer's "first planned speech on a college campus" since the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August, which turned violent and deadly. Needless to say, it was a fraught situation. Presumably, Spencer thought he'd be ushered into the auditorium, spew his hate, and be applauded for his backward views. But the students and citizens of Gainesville, Florida had other ideas.
Richard Spencer's little visit to Gainesville actually prompted the Governor of Florida to declare a state of emergency.
via: Getty Images"We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion, however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority, Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. "This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe." Doesn't it stand to reason that if your very presence incites violent rage in people, you should probably reevaluate the beliefs you're touting?
Ahead of Spencer's speech, hundreds of protestors gathered to let the guy know that Nazis were not welcome at the University of Florida.
NOW: Several hundred... possibly 1,000+ protesters outside Richard #SpencerAtUF event. They're protesting against w… https://t.co/FS1ktktVTJ— Corey Davis (@Corey Davis)1508433709.0
Even when Spencer took the stage, he was met with ire. Warning: Foul (and awesome) language in the video below.
Now chants of "FUCK YOU SPENCER" #SpencerAtUF https://t.co/rslFexpPBG— TheResistance Report (@TheResistance Report)1508441358.0
Spencer really couldn't get a word in edgewise thanks to vocal anti-Nazis. (Here at 22 Words, we call them 'normal people.')
Chants of IT'S YOUR FAULT goes up as Richard Spencer talks about Heather Heyer, killed in Charlottesville… https://t.co/gV3MGABAhN— Christopher Mathias (@Christopher Mathias)1508440615.0
Luckily, there was no rioting or out-of-control violence but peaceful protests that let Spencer know he and his hate were not welcome.
Gabriela Pineros on the protest: "I think that silence and 'not giving him the attention he wants' is not a solutio… https://t.co/HDtPn6WL4z— Her Campus (@Her Campus)1508441702.0