White Supremacist Richard Spencer led a torch-wielding mob crying ‘Russia is our friend’ and ‘You Will not replace us’, in protest of the removal of a controversial statue of the pro-slavery Civil War general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In April the Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2, to remove and sell the monument. The debate about the statue had been ongoing for a year and it has attracted leaders from white supremacist groups and figures including Spencer.
Also at the demonstration was the conservative blogger Jason Kessler, who tried to oust the Vice Mayor, Wes Bellamy and is quotesd as saying “There’s no advocates for white people . . . I’m the only one that has the courage to stand up for white people even though I’m going to be called a racist.”
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer shared via Facebook, saying the event was “either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK.”
For now, the city council has a legal mountain to climb since a judge issued a court order halting the removal of the statue, for at least the next six months.
There has also been dissent over the council’s decision to rename parks named after Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jackson, also Confederate Civil Wall general.
Watch Spencer’s disgusting speech below.