Richard Spencer, a leader within the white nationalist, Alt-Right, and his team sent a clear message to Donald Trump tonight during a protest outside the White House – “No war in Syria.”
Together with a team of 20-30 supporters, Spencer spoke through a bullhorn telling the crowd President Trump had abandoned his campaign promises and now does bidding of the left.
Watch Full Protest Here:
Spencer kicks off protest https://t.co/1aB0v9sZYy
— Jack Murphy (@jackmurphylive) April 8, 2017
Spencer said, “We come here with a message to the world. Donald Trump, there are people who opposed you every step of the way and yet you are doing their bidding. You are about to engage in their insane stupid wars.”
While the anti-war message was clear, there was another bit of advice offered by Spencer and team: “Fire Jared Kushner.”
Spencer seems to believe Kushner and Ivanka Trump are behind President Trump’s recent military strike in Syria. Or perhaps the known anti-Semite disapproves of a Jew influencing Trump. Either way, the message was simple, no wars and get rid of Kushner.
In short time, the counter-protestors, or “Antifa” showed up to shout down Team Alt-Right.
They chanted: “1, 2, 3, 4 – this is a class war. 5, 6, 7, 8 – America was never great.”
And of course, “Fuck white supremacy.”
Antifa came to Lafayette Square ostensibly to push back against Richard Spencer but instead made fools of themselves as they protested an anti-war message. For those who claim to be against fascism, it was an odd display of unintended irony as pierced, dirty (really, you could actually smell them), leftists attempted to shout down an anti-war message of peace.
With their faces covered to prevent identification or to appear more intimidating, the group of 30 or so confronted team Alt-Right as the police monitored without much incident.
While there were minor scrums at the protest, it wasn’t until after the police moved us all out of the square did things get violent.
As Spencer and crew tried to regroup and depart via taxi, Antifa reappeared and escalated.
Watch the entire scene unfold here:
— Jack Murphy (@jackmurphylive) April 9, 2017
Moments after Spencer reflected, “I’m angry. I’m sad. I feel betrayed,” the fights broke out.
Punches were thrown right in front of me. The police apprehended at least two people as the chaos started to pick up.
Things peaked as Spencer was trapped in his taxi with Antifa banging on the windows, opening the doors and trying to pull Spencer out of the car. He got out, and this is where it got funny – started running away.
Not to let a good story get away from me, I reluctantly jogged after Spencer and team to catch up with him for an exclusive interview (8:45 in the periscope video):
“We survived. We had our car surrounded, they were banging on our windows, that’s how crazy they are.”
“These people are willing to use violence.”
“I legitimately feared for my safety.”
“We absolutely achieved our goals in terms of getting out message out. The fracas amplifies our message: No war in Syria, period.”
I then trailed Team Alt-Right to see if anything else happened and while no more violence took place, humor did break out as Spencer couldn’t get a taxi.
He wrapped up the night going from one car to the next, yelling at immigrant taxi drivers to “open their fucking doors,” and watched as they pulled away leaving him stranded.
Though the evening started off strong for Spencer, blaring his anti-war message out to Trump and the administration, it certainly tumbled towards calamity from there.
It wasn’t so much the violence that was bad for Spencer, but the lack of strength in the face of aggression.
Antifa people pushed and bullied the alt-right supporters, they chased them away and revealed a naiveté on the part of Richard Spencer that is now becoming a pattern.
Where was the getaway car? Where was the organized departure transportation? If not a black suburban with tinted windows, how about a borrowed Honda Accord from a friend?
Why didn’t team alt-right properly plan for Spencer’s safety?
After being alone and assaulted on the streets of DC once already, why didn’t someone in his inner circle suggest more precautions this time?
[READ HERE: 3 Ways Richard Spencer’s Brand Died on Inauguration Day”]
Yes, Richard Spencer’s goal today was to send a message directly to Donald Trump: “No war in Syria.”
And while he did get that message out, for Spencer personally, the subtext of his actions may have damaged him more than the protest helped.
When the green haired smelly antifa mob win the kinetic protest, what good is it to win the verbal one?
Big Picture: Is Trump’s base fracturing?
It was important for President Trump to hear this anti-war message. But I wonder if he is hearing the louder more urgent call, the growing dissension among his most hardcore supporters.
Will he have the power to achieve the rest of his agenda without the support of those who fought for his election?
To win the temporary adulation of the left for his recent military moves, but lose the core of his support may prove to be more damaging to him than the 59 missiles were to the Syrian airbase.
Time will tell.
Check back here for more updates and future reporting on the growing cracks in Trump’s base, along with whatever mess Spencer and team find themselves in next.
Watch me break down the night’s events and discuss Trump’s issues within his base with White House correspondent, Lucian Wintrich:
Watch me and @lucianwintrich break down the night’s events and fractures in Trump’s base over Syrian War. https://t.co/j5hC26L6Bm
— Jack Murphy (@jackmurphylive) April 9, 2017
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Is running away part of Spencer’s PR strategy?
Good job covering the event, Jack. Salute.
Running away has become part of Spencer’s brand image at this point. Twice now in DC he has underestimated the risk he faces and the last image he leaves for the cameras is that of the back of his head as he runs away from a conflict.
And I don’t mean just a figurative ‘running away.’ I mean, turning around and sprinting away, this time scattering across a dark field with only the Washington Monument to light his way.
Not a good look.
Where was the getaway car? Where was the forethought and planning?
Not sure how you can plan for a “White Ethno State” if you can’t even plan for transportation away from a potentially violent encounter.
Tough night for Spencer.
All wrapped in a weird mixed up universe where Richard is protesting Trump, and the “Anti Fascists” are protesting a peace rally.
In still photos he looks like someone you may want to take seriously.
On video, and when he opens his mouth, he looks and sounds soft.
You’re right, not a good look at all.
If they want to be taken seriously they have to either start talking like the party of peace (no more cuck talk, nor goals of white ethno state), or start acting as tough as they talk. Right now they just look like LARP’ers.
Much as I’d like to see Spencer sink his brand doesn’t seem to be taking much of a hit. Tough strongman image only matters if you want to be an actual fascist. His playing the victim works much better for what he is (an attention whore), especially in the Age of Victimhood we live in. He’ll never be Fuhrer but his face will still be all over media and that’s good enough for him.
He did get deep into his feels last night saying, “I am mad. I am sad I _feel_ betrayed.”
He continually sets himself up to be the victim and the media and protestors do play into it. that said, projecting weakness AND calling people out as ‘cucks’ doesn’t jive. Pick one approach and stick with it otherwise he looks confused and misguided….
What? You mean like beat up Antifa at Huntington Beach?
There was a flag saying “Da Goyim Know” there, and better yet the Sacramento Riots
“There was a flag saying ‘Da Goyim Know…”
And this is significant how, exactly?
Who else would have that?
And how many people were at that protest, pray tell?
An altrighter tackled the antifa at this protest, the one who glitterbombed Spence
The only people apprehended by the police for breaking laws were the Antifa. By and large, altright retreated.
because the cops told them to just disperse to de-escalate
There’s a law stating they had to break up after Sundown. I mean, the protest went on for like an hour…
Yes, but if you watch the videos or were there you would see the that after the dispersal, everyone moved to 17th St and that’s where the shit went down.
So? They complied with police, things got out of hand, Richard’s car got swarmed, and he was told to just get a cab.
My point is you’re unreasonably blaming Spencer
Do you get paid to be the alt-right’s personal lapdog?
I think it’s safe to say that, following this supposed “betrayal” by Trump and Spencer’s latest antics that the alt-right is, if not dead certainly in its death throes.
They’ve been in a death spiral for a little while. Their brief moment of prominence was manufactured to galvanize the far right to vote for Trump. Now they are abandoned like I predicted months ago.
everyone says this.
Have you looked up web traffic stats for alt-right sites? Almost all of them have been either declining or at best remaining stable. The “alt-right rising” meme has no basis in reality.
Richard in particular is taking a hit.
No, they’ve been going up. The only one going down lost it’s most popular podcast
The data says otherwise.
“It is because I say it is” is not an argument.
And yeah, TRS has been in major decline. But we both know why that is. (((Mike Enoch))) killed TRS.
Richard Spencer is not the “leader of the alt right”. If you’re just gonna lie for propaganda purposes then I’ll stop reading this blog and go back to reading CNN, the url is a lot shorter to type.
If Richard Spencer isn’t the leader of the alt-right, who is? And don’t say, there is no leader, or give me some gamer game shit like “I am the leader of gamer gate.” Would it make you feel better if I said, “a” leader of the alt-right? Semantics aren’t going to help anyone.
Why shouldn’t I say “there is no leader” when there is no leader? Does, say, Vox Day sound like he takes marching orders from Spencer to you? The alt right is not an organization, or even a political movement with a single coherent philosophy, it’s a purely reactionary movement against mainstream politics (progressives, because their cancer keeps spreading, and conservatives, because they are useless at stoppoing it). Many of these people hate each other almost as much as they hate the mainstream. Other than denying a couple of the pillars of progressivism (racial and gender equality) there is little common ground. It almost certainly won’t be around as a thing when the realignment dust settles, but will produce at least one dominant faction.
This is why predictions of the alt right’s demise in these comments is so silly. The underlying issues that spawned the alt right are nowhere near being eradicated, so it’s not gonna go anywhere. At best the name would change if a better one comes into fashion while the actual people, their ideas, and their factions remain intact.
But yes, a leader would be accurate. Spencer has his own faction, but it’s just one among many others. And it’s not a semantic issue, at MyPostingCareer (the alt right faction most hostile to him) his name is autocorrected to “Adolf Skywalker” and there’s a 40+ pages thread mocking him. It’s simply not true that he leads anything beyond his own organization.
Fair points. Thanks. Will expand later.
Fair points. Thanks. Will expand later.
Fair points. Thanks. Will expand later.
When you say “but instead made fools of themselves as they protested an anti-war message” is that your opinion? A true journalist leaves his opinion out of his observance and understands truth is non-partisan. Unless that is you prefer to be a blogger.
Testing testing 2…3…
Do I look like a traditional journalist? I’m part of the story. Spencer and I have had our own run ins. I’ve got a position on this and I don’t care who sees it. On top it, I think Antifa is bunch of idiots. They are the height of hypocrisy, coming to protest an anti-war discussion using violence and intimidation. They’re LARP’ing as bad as the AltRight. Both groups are dumpsters of intellectual thinking and deserve each other.
I did hold back most of my personal narrative from this article as a way to get it out as quickly as I could, had I taken more time I would have used my personal story and opinion about all of it as the device rather than the events of the night.
I live streamed the entire event, you can make up your own mind about the “truth.”
See, I give you both the 100% unedited video of the events on the ground then also give you my perspective.
Beautiful isn’t it?
Finally, if you think the fake news media like NY Times and WaPo is giving you nonpartisan recordings of the “truth” just because they’re using boring story telling and pseudo dispassionate detached voices, then you’re probably not the kind of reader I’m looking for.
Thanks for reading this time though!
Jesus jack. Settle down! I was trying to give you constructive critisism-my way of HELPING you not denigrating you. What makes you believe im pro Times or Wapo given i never even mentioned the two. Did i say “truth in journalism EXACTLY like The Times and Wapo adhere to?” I can assure you people who read your pieces arent fans of MSM yet you assumed i was? Somehow you misread my intention and took it upon yourself to dis one of your fans. Are you so sensitive that you cant even take constructive critisism? If thats the case it would seem you seek the wrong profession. Sorry i took the time to read and next time maybe dont assume so much!
>dumpster fire intellectually
Something tells me you aren’t very bright.
No where in this article do I claim Richard was punched. I use his own words to describe what happened.
I know you’re bitter about something but you should try a little harder when you come at me. Thanks!
Referring to the periscope.
You also claim he didn’t have a car. He did, it got swarmed, and cops told him to take a cab
You really are an insufferable cunt, you know that?
All things aside, I’m surprised that such level of violence transpired within the vicinity of the WH in the first place. True, some was contained, but one would hope that they’d have a better security force around that area. Am I the only one who’s thinking this? :O
Interesting times. Alt-Right/NAZI types are totally antiwar. Whilst the Left and the mainstream of both Parties are pro-war / pro intervention war.