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Punched neo-Nazi leads KKK-like protest over statue removal

Racist man-meme Richard Spencer led his gang of torch-bearing, un-merry men on a protest over a Confederate statue – he claims he just wanted to speak to the dead

Richard Spencer is a Depeche Mode-loving white supremacist, despised by Depeche Mode, glitterbombed by antifa, and mostly famous for being made into a meme after being on the receiving end of 2017’s Punch Of The Year while explaining to an interviewer what his Pepe The Frog pin badge represented. If you somehow missed it, see below.

The racist man slash meme has made headlines again, this time for heading up a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that looks identical to a Ku Klux Klan rally, just except without the ridiculous conical hats. Spencer led a gang of (what appeared to be mostly) men on a march against the decision to remove a statue depicting the Confederate general Robert E Lee.

Robert E Lee once said this, so it seems reasonable that a celebratory monument is removed. “The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, physically, and socially. The painful discipline they are undergoing is necessary for their further instruction as a race, and will prepare them, I hope, for better things.”

Spencer and his band of torch-bearing, completely un-merry men evoked unwelcome imagery over the weekend as they marched against the statue removal, chanting things such as “you will not destroy us” and “we will not be replaced”. Of course, holding the protest at night and carrying torches was a deliberate ploy to intimidate by summoning the aesthetic of the Ku Klux Klan, the infamous white supremacist lynch mob. The protest reportedly only lasted ten minutes after counter-protestors showed up and police dispersed the clashes.

Mayor of Charlottesville mayor, Mike Signer said in a statement that the protest was “either profoundly ignorant or designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that harkens back to the days of the KKK. Either way, as mayor of this city, I want everyone to know this: we reject this intimidation. We are a welcoming city, but such intolerance is not welcome here.”

Dangerous man and total idiot Richard Spencer bizarrely claimed in an interview with the Guardian that it was just a way to talk to dead people. “none of the Klan or the National Socialist party has a monopoly on torches or the beauty of that spectacle of flames at night,” he said. “No-one has a monopoly on this aesthetic. It’s a beautiful aesthetic. It evoked a kind of mystical and even religious-like experience. At night it was more solemn, it was a way, and I don’t want this to sound too goofy or anything, but it was a way to communicate with the dead.”

Richard Spencer deserves every punch he gets.