Richard Spencer, the white nationalist figurehead who helped popularize the term “Alt-Right” was kicked out of the Conservative Political Action Conference today shortly after his arrival.
Spencer was speaking with reporters in the lobby of the Gaylord National Resort where this year’s conference is being held, when CPAC officials were alerted to his arrival. He was not invited to speak, and had just purchased a one-day pass to attend, when he was promptly removed from the premises by CPAC representatives.
CPAC spokesperson Ian Walters was quick to distance himself from Spencer and his radical views.
“His views are repugnant and have absolutely nothing to do with conservatism or what we do here. He’s anti-free markets, anti-Constitution, anti-pluralism. This was one bad egg who bought a ticket.”
He went on to describe describe Spencer’s racist ideology as “vile,” “venomous,” “horrible” and “repulsive.”
CPAC has been busy this week ensuring that the “Alt-Right” went unrepresented at the conservative conference, which is slated to host President Trump as their headline speaker on Friday night. Earlier this week, CPAC also disinvited Milo Yiannopoulos, the now former Breitbart editor, after video surfaced of him speaking about sexual relations between grown men and adolescent boys.
The clear message being sent is that that CPAC, the GOP, and conservative Republican voters are trying to move past the white nationalist movement that helped catapult Donald Trump into the White House.
However, the president’s current chief strategist, Steve Bannon, the former executive chief at Breitbart, and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus are speaking at CPAC were both scheduled to speak soon after Spencer was removed.
Dan Schneider, executive director of the American Conservative Union, which operates CPAC, spoke out forcefully against the growing presence of the alt-right within both his party, and the annual event.
“CPAC, we have been slapped in the face. There is a sinister organization that is trying to worm its way in, into our ranks. The alt-right, which had been used for a long time in a very good and normal way, had been hijacked [by a] hate-filled, left-wing fascist group. We must not allow them to be normalized. They are not part of us.”