— Claire McNeill (@clairemcneill) October 19, 2017
In the wake of the violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, state and local governments are taking precautions to prevent similar events happening elsewhere. For example, ahead of Richard Spencer’s Thursday speech at the University of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency to free up resources to deal with violent clashes. However, those inside the speech venue appeared to take care of Spencer while raising their fists and chanting, “Go home, Spencer!”
And in reference to the death of Charlottesville counterprotester Heather Hayer, the crowd chanted “it’s your fault” at him.
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) October 19, 2017
The jeering and booing started as soon as Spencer went on stage and did not let up, according to reporters on the scene.
When Spencer did finally start to speak, he espoused white nationalist rhetoric and talking points as expected, but the audience really let him have it, as revealed in this video.
Earlier on Thursday, protesters gathered before Spencer’s appearance.