"We will be back again… and again, and again;" Richard Spencer says 'we're' not going away
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- “We will be back again… and again, and again.”
White nationalist Richard Spencer recently sat down for a rare one-on-one interview with NBC 29 in Charlottesville.
He spoke about race, monuments, and Charlottesville.
Spencer is a graduate of the University of Virginia and said he chose to live in the city after graduation; he also said those were factors he considered when he led a torch march to Emancipation Park on October 7, knowing the city's top prosecutor couldn't do a thing about it.
"We are not going away," he said to Henry Graff. "It has become a touchstone - that name – Charlottesville now refers to a historic event.“
Spencer, the leader of the National Policy Institute said the scene of flames and fury marching through Charlottesville will be repeated.
Spencer said the August 12, 'Unite the Right rally" was set to protest the city council's decision to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee, but violent clashes between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators canceled the rally before it began.
"The monument issue isn't just about monuments. It's about history. It's about race. It's about identity,” he explained.
Now, Spencer said others, like him, are vowing to come back to Charlottesville with smaller, unannounced rallies.
"That event was tightly coordinated, everyone was operating on a need-to-know basis and it was an operation,” he said.
He admitted to NBC 29 that the torch rallies are meant to give them an image and communicate a message through media who cover the rally and he said he feels confident about moving his message forward.
"They’re going to lose because I understand how to play this game,” he said.
He also said he doesn't see torches as intimidating, but rather beautiful, magical, and mystic.
Spencer added there aren't anymore rallies like the one in August planned, but that the secret rallies will be seen more since they are simple and effective.