Auburn nixes Richard Spencer; alt-right fig­ure says he’ll speak

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — An­drew Blake

Auburn Univer­sity said Fri­day it has can­celed a speak­ing en­gage­ment next week fea­tur­ing “alt-right” fig­ure Richard Spencer af­ter his planned ap­pear­ance spurred se­cu­rity con­cerns across cam­pus.

“In con­sul­ta­tion with law en­force­ment, Auburn can­celed the Richard Spencer event sched­uled for Tues­day evening based on le­git­i­mate con­cerns and cred­i­ble ev­i­dence that it will jeop­ar­dize the safety of stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff and visi­tors,” the univer­sity said in a brief state­ment Fri­day.

Mr. Spencer, a white na­tion­al­ist ac­cused of es­pous­ing neo-Nazism, in­sisted that he will speak at Auburn not­with­stand­ing the univer­sity’s de­ci­sion to can­cel next week’s event.

“They think they have shut this down, but they haven’t,” Mr. Spencer told The Plains­man stu­dent pub­li­ca­tion. “Auburn Univer­sity is naive and has to­tally mis­un­der­stood who I am if they think that I am go­ing to po­litely back out of this. I will be there 100 per­cent.”

Auburn en­coun­tered an out­cry of crit­i­cism af­ter Mr. Spencer an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that he’d be speak­ing at the Alabama col­lege on April 18, and the univer­sity ini­tially dis­tanced it­self from the sched­uled event.

“We are a pub­lic univer­sity and our meet­ing space is for rent. Auburn sup­ports the con­sti­tu­tional right to free speech, so we don’t make de­ci­sions on who can rent based on con­tent. Spencer is pay­ing $700 for the space, plus all costs for se­cu­rity (Auburn Po­lice Di­vi­sion),” Auburn Univer­sity spokesman Mike Clardy said Wed­nes­day in a email to

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