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Protesters heckle white supremacist during Florida speech

by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/19/17, 04:47 pm

Protesters heckled white supremacist Richard Spencer during his speech at the University of Florida on Thursday, shouting so loudly at times they drowned him out. Obviously irritated, Spencer asked at one point, “Are you adults? It doesn’t look like it.” Several hundred people gathered outside the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to protest Spencer’s appearance. Police almost outnumbered the protesters, a heavy security presence designed to forestall violence. Spencer has events planned at several universities across the country in the coming months and has threatened lawsuits against any campus that refuses to welcome him. The University of Florida estimates security costs for Thursday’s event could top $600,000. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in preparation for Spencer’s visit, putting the state’s National Guard units on standby. Despite the large numbers of protesters, the demonstrations remained peaceful. The theater can accommodate about 800 but a manager said only half the seats were occupied.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 10/20/2017 03:36 pm

    No, these screeching protestors are not adults, and the Americans who actually do the work that keeps this Nation functioning are pretty tired of them. 

    Nor do idiots like Spencer have any appeal for the vast majority of us. 

    Would that both “KKK” groups would see the error of their ways, or just shut up and go away. 

    Yeah, you know one of the “KKK” outfits I refer to, but are probably scratching your head about the other. 

    That would be the protestors’ idols and cheerleaders in entertainment and media, those who have had fame and fortune bestowed on them merely because they are brash or vulgar or have been random recipients of special talent for playing a game. The Kardashians, Kimmels, and Kaepernicks of this world. 

    A pox on both of their houses!

  • Eual D. Blansett, Jr.
    Posted: Tue, 11/14/2017 12:04 am

    Your use of the term "white supremacist" sounds like a phrase out of the alt-left playbook.  Wouldn't it be better to give the reader more information so the reader could decide for himself or herself what beliefs Richard Spencer has?  I was interested in what Richard Spencer had to say that would cause 400 people to want to hear him and only 200 people to protest.  Also, if the import of your article is that Spencer created security costs of $600,000 or that he caused the governor to put the National Guard on standby, then you are totally wrong.  If the protestors respected the right of a person to speak, then there would be no security costs and no National Guard to standby.  It sounds as if the protestors were the cause of the problem, not Spencer.  Let him speak, listen to him or ignore him, and refute him if he says anything that needs refuting.  That is the American way.  

    Yours, Eual D. Blansett, Jr.