So Richard “don’t call me Dick” Spencer, fresh from declaring that women shouldn’t vote, has decided that getting military security for his speech represents flattery even if banana republics usually use their national guards to “overkill’. No student group invited Spencer, so Spencer rented a campus space and threatened to sue the university. A similar situation is coming up for the University of Cincinnati.
Gov. Rick Scott (R) has declared a state of emergency in a Florida county ahead of a planned speech by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville on Thursday.
In his executive order, the Associated Press reports, Scott warned that the “threat of a potential emergency is imminent” in Gainesville, where UF is located.
More interesting is this action, perhaps a lesson learned from the Ben Shapiro appearance at Berkeley where attempts were made to pack the venue at the last minute: “The school has reportedly handed over ticketing to the National Policy Institute group that Spencer leads.” This was also a response to a local microbrewery’s offer to exchange beer for speech event tickets.
“The university is spending $500,000 to “enhance security on campus” and in Gainesville for white nationalist Richard Spencer's speaking event Thursday.”
“’I don't necessarily think that that's a great thing,’ Spencer said of women voting in U.S. elections.”
Richard Spencer said the emergency declaration was "flattering" but "most likely overkill."
"I'm not a hurricane or an invading army, at least not literally," he said during a telephone interview Monday.
However, Spencer expressed concern that the emergency declaration could be used as a pretext for blocking his speech. He noted that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe
had declared a state of emergency on the day of the Charlottesville rally before Spencer and others could speak.
"That was basically a means for suppressing the rally," Spencer claimed.