When you’re in a war, there’s the battlefield and there’s the propaganda war.
I’m certain that the liberal news site, Raw Story, has emphasized the worst in reporting on Richard Spencer’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville.
At this point in his life, Spencer should be media savvy enough to be careful with his words. David Duke would never have said something so provocative as Spencer’s quote in the headline above.
Avowed white supremacist Richard Spencer on Monday argued racist rally-goers who clashed with counter protesters in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend “could have killed them with our bare hands.”
Spencer was speaking about Antifa, the anti-fascist political movement that arrived in Charlottesville after hundreds of white supremacists descended on the city to protest the removal of a prominent statue of Confederate commander Robert E. Lee.
The alt-right leader also told reporters city and state officials have “blood on their hands” after a post-rally gathering ended in the tragic death of 32-year old Heather Heyer. James Fields, a Nazi sympathizer, drove his car into a group of counter-protestors, killing Heyer and injuring 19 others. Spencer on Monday declined to condemn the 20-year old’s actions.
“I am not going to condemn this young man at this point,” Spencer said, insisting “there is a great deal of ambiguity” regarding the events that transpired Saturday.
“My cause has nothing to do with this car,” Spencer said
Commenting on the president’s statement Monday finally disavowing white nationalists, Spencer said “only a dumb person would take those lines seriously.”
“Its just silliness,” Spencer said,. “It’s not serious and I don’t think anyone takes it seriously including the president.”
The focus on the purpose of the Unite the Right rally is not there in Spencer’s words. There’s a case to be made in comparing politicians who destroy historical monuments to ISIS vandals. There’s a case to be made for the right of individuals to rally under the protection of the First Amendment.
But Spencer choose to play tough guy.
His denigration of Trump’s words as silly is also shallow. I would have said, “President Trump was under enormous political pressure to denounce Nazis, which we have been slandered as by the press. The president would I think agree with the right of all peoples to self determination, which is all we are trying to achieve. We’re not interested in erecting statues to Hitler or creating National Socialist States of America. We love the Constitution and would like to get back to honoring it.”
You see the difference in tone in what I wrote versus what Spencer said? When you’re in a war, you have to consider the propaganda value of your words.
I give Spencer a D. Am I too harsh?