Everyone knew Richard Spencer was a vile man. Since the inception of the Alt-Right movement, the country’s most high profile neo-Nazi has used the rhetoric of political correctness and the complacency of media platformers to reframe inherently hateful ideologies as being somehow reasonable.
Thanks to newly leaked audio from Milo Yiannopolous, the ever-controversial reactionary pundit, Spencer’s grimy mask as the so-called “dapper white nationalist” simply arguing for “peaceful ethnic cleansing” has begun to slip. In the fallout of his organized Charlottesville protest, which resulted in the murder of leftist anti-fascist activist Heather Heyer by a fellow neo-Nazi, Spencer devolved into a fit of rage as the negative press began to unfold. The rant, which has since been viewed by over 2.8 million users and was trending across America, is quite explicit in its bigotry. You’ve been warned.
Milo just uploaded leaked audio of Richard Spencer reacting to the death of Heather Heyer and the negative press it did to his movement.— BAILEY, THE LIBTARDTARIAN (@atheist_cnt) November 4, 2019
Just in case there was any question of the so-called "dapper white nationalist" being a raged fuelled hateful monster.
Explicit warning. pic.twitter.com/KpVk2fLYSu
“We are coming back here like a hundred fucking times,” Spencer screamed at the top of his lungs from some undisclosed public event. “I am so mad. I am so fucking mad at these people. They don’t do this to fucking me. We are going to fucking ritualistically humiliate them. I am coming back here every fucking weekend if I have to. Like this is never over. I win! They fucking lose! That’s how the world fucking works. Little fucking kikes. They get ruled by people like me. Little fucking octoroons … I fucking … my ancestors fucking enslaved those little pieces of fucking shit. I rule the fucking world. Those pieces of fucking shit get ruled by people like me. They look up and see a face like mine looking down at them. That’s how the fucking world works. We are going to destroy this fucking town.”
In a follow-up statement to Vox, Yiannopoulos revealed the audio was recorded by someone whose identity he has verified and was later confirmed by three separate sources within the alt-right movement. “As for why I published it,” he continues. “I have always publicly hated Spencer, and he has always publicly hated me. He thinks I’m a degenerate racemixing kike and I think he’s a knuckledragging racist in a cheap suit. As you will recall, he was paid to sneak into a bar I was singing karaoke in and throw up Nazi salutes and film it without my knowledge. So it has been very satisfying for me to draw a crisp bright red line between the two of us.”
Remember, the fact of Spencer being this vile behind closed doors is not the point of the story. It’s interesting to see his clean-cut facade smashed before our eyes, sure, yet it speaks more to those who made that perception an assumed reality. The best example in the mainstream being outlets like CNN who were given the social media whipping over their continued association with Spencer, including interviews or punditry portraying the far-right class as being influential in size, self-critical in their analysis of the president, and worth engaging as a people of interest rather than subjects of contention.
Anyone who heard these tapes would know these are not serious people to be treated as guests. And for some time, the mainstream media played apologist and independent reactionary media outright dropped the ball in characterizing the far-right as “misrepresented” dissidents. The worst offender being commentators like Lauren Chen (a so-called “Christian nationalist” better known as “Roaming Millennial”) who posted a three-part uncritical interview with Spencer to her YouTube channel.
At the time, the content was brought up for questioning by Natalie Wynn, the rising left-wing YouTube personality otherwise known as ContraPoints, who criticized the Blaze Media pundit for allowing Spencer to play a “public relations man for National Socialism” in order to “whitewash his ideology” for a large audience. Although the video has since been unlisted from Chen’s YouTube channel, credit goes to AngryWhiteMen.org for their decent outline of the original exchange also detailed below. She has continued to stand-by the original interview to this day.
“I felt that from the interview there was no point where you really said, ‘Hold on, you wanna relocate 60 million people potentially against their will and you expect us to believe that that’s gonna be peaceful?’,” Wynn inquired about Chen’s approach. Chen only replied that Spencer “never said ‘against their will’” and that he favored “incentivizing” their relocation, failing to recognize the policy would necessitate violence whether we’re talking tax harvesting, bureaucratic coercion or outright police goon squads enforcing racialized eminent domain. Specifically against “kikes” and “octaroons”, referring not only to those who are obviously Jewish or black but also 1/8th mixed race (which can include highly white-presenting people). Talk about a purity spiral.
As we know now, this form of unhinged racist violence of “destroying cities” to “rule over the slaves” would be explicit by design. It should go without saying that simply taking the word of such radical ideologues is disqualifying of a media watchdog. Nevertheless, Chen persisted that she “take[s] issue with” labeling Spencer a “Nazi” because “we need to distinguish between someone who has racist views that we can still definitely disagree with and an ideology that actually promotes violence,” noting Spencer “actually disavowed white supremacy” without the slightest indication he could be lying.
But hindsight is 2020. What was the context at the time?
When Spencer first received attention in 2016, via a video speech published by The Atlantic, the public saw him showcasing his best Nazi salutes, shouting “hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”, condemning “fake news media” under the original Nazi term of “lügenpresse” and declaring that “to be white is to be a crusader and a conquerer”, implying his worldview necessitates white people as violent leaders of some Darwinian natural order. Which part of his record did people miss?
If the media couldn’t see the smoke before this leaked audio, let alone after these revelations, one could be forgiven for thinking it must be a conscious choice. A sharp suit can only get you so far, after all.