Just before being thrown out of the Conservative Political Action Conference, alt-right leader Richard Spencer (better known as that Nazi that got punched) sang his praise for Depeche Mode. After being asked whether he likes rock music, New York Magazine‘s Olivia Nuzzi reported via Twitter that Spencer responded in the affirmative, claiming that “Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right.”
“Richard Spencer, asked if he likes rock music, says “Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right,” she wrote. Not surprisingly, the band is’t very cool with this, with the band’s frontman Dave Gahan recently comparing Donald Trump to Hitler, saying, “the things that he’s saying sound very similar to what someone was saying in 1935. That didn’t work out very well! The things that he’s saying are cruel and heartless and promoting fear.” In response to Spencer’s affirmation, a representative for Depeche Mode called the claims “pretty ridiculous” in a statement to Gothamist:
That is a pretty ridiculous claim. Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt right and does not support the alt right movement.
Weirdly enough, Spencer has taken to Twitter claimed that his statement was a joke, calling himself “a lifelong Depeche Mode fan.”