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**TRIGGER WARNING** Alleged Richard Spencer Audio Threatening Another Charlottesville Tragedy?

***I apologize for posting this, yet I feel a record must be kept. Please be careful and know that the language contained in the audio clip is very loud, violent, and discussing harm against the Jewish community.***

It was five years ago this month when I was first introduced to Richard Spencer.

I don’t think of him very often anymore, but in 2014, 2016 and 2017 he was very front of mind. He has positioned himself at the front of my mind for a short time again before I purge my brain of his existence for as long as necessary.

A leaked audio clip was placed online by Milo Yiannopoulos recently that has been reported on by several major outlets. (Newsweek)

Here is the audio, prepare to be disturbed, it is like listening to Hitler if he were a 14-year-old boy with a trust fund. Thanks to Kev Hamm for highlighting this.

These words have no place in our society. They are an incitement to violence and a threat against the Jewish community. A community that has been discriminated against throughout American and world history. From restrictive housing practices and the KKK in America to the Holocaust during World War II and Russian Pogroms. This is not an empty threat.

This is who the alt-right is. They believe in eugenics and genocide. Those ideas are not a part of free speech. You cannot debate whether it is legitimate to exterminate or enslave human beings.

Giving any bandwidth to hate speech is not something done lightly, but these are threats. This is a planned genocide. It must be recorded and measured responses must be made.

“We are going to destroy this town.” 

“Little fucking k*kes. They get ruled by people like me.” – Richard Spencer

In 2014 I was the staff member and facilitator for Love Lives Here in the Flathead Valley, an affiliate of the Montana Human Rights Network. Love Lives Here holds informational and community events that are inclusive of all and help to build a community of compassion and inclusiveness in the Flathead. They also loudly state, not in our community to violence and the rise of hatred against communities of color, communities of faith and our immigrant-American communities.

Richard Spencer had just become famous in America, for the most American thing possible, getting in a fight on a ski hill. It was not being expelled from Europe for hate-mongering there and violating their laws, or even his racist ideas and think tank, The National Policy Institute, but a skiing dust-up with a Republican operative on Big Mountain in Whitefish. The fight even made Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.

Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute was headquartered in Whitefish at this time.

The community of Whitefish and Flathead residents rallied against the hate that Richard Spencer and the National Policy Institute espoused and united around a core philosophy of love. Richard Spencer was rebuked by Whitefish and asked to leave. The Flathead, one of the most conservative counties in Montana, said no to Richard Spencer. His ideas are not political, they have no party unless that might be a party from 1930’s Germany.

Whitefish City Council meeting in November 2014

From the Flathead Beacon:

“This isn’t about one individual, it is about a way of thinking that is despicable,” said Brian Muldoon, a Whitefish attorney. “This community I believe is standing up strongly against the kinds of ideas that Richard Spencer and his ilk promotes … and it is time to deconstruct the ideas that are so insidious. It is time to take a very clear stance. An unambiguous one.”

Many in attendance spoke of their Jewish faith, including Hilary Shaw, executive director of the Abbie Shelter, whose grandfather is a Holocaust survivor.

“My grandfather taught me that diversity makes us more beautiful. I do not want Richard Spencer to conduct National Policy Institute business freely in our town,” she said. “I am here to ask you to stop he and others who share those beliefs from doing business in our town.”

At the end of the hour-long public testimony period, Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld explained the procedural steps the council would have to take to consider such a measure, including advertising a hearing, receiving a planning board recommendation, and holding two council hearings for public comment.

“We will respond decisively, and I think we have multiple tools in our toolbox to consider this,” he said.

We passed a resolution with the Whitefish City Council that should be one of Montana’s proudest moments. I stood up the night it passed, with Richard Spencer in the audience, and looked into his eyes and told him that the next generation is not interested in his hate peddling and his terrible ideas would fester in his soul only. The community of Whitefish is not interested in his racist think tank in their town and it has since moved to Northern Virginia, sadly where Charlottesville is located

That’s where this audio comes in, Milo Yiannopoulos posted the above audio clip online which he states is Richard Spencer speaking after the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 that resulted in the death of peaceful activist Heather Heyer.

In the alleged audio of Spencer, he is threatening to destroy Charlotteville again, just as he had threatened Whitefish with a march after Donald Trump was elected President in the fall of 2016. Whitefish stood up to Richard Spencer in 2016 in a peaceful manner when he called for an armed racist march through Whitefish. Luckily that march never happened, but Whitefish has had to continue its efforts to fight back against the stain Richard Spencer tried to bring on Montana and the community of Whitefish.

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