Wearing khaki pants, button–down white shirts, and operating under the cover of darkness, alt–Reicht darling Richard Spencer led about three dozen tiki–torch–wielding white supremacists down the streets of Charlottesville on Saturday night.
Their appearance was an unannounced return to Emancipation Park, where a covered statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee awaits its fate. It was the first time the organized race–baiters had returned to Charlottesville since the violent weekend of Aug. 11–13, which began with a similar nighttime tiki–torch march on the campus of the University of Virginia and ended with a white terrorist mowing down peaceful protesters in his car, killing 32–year–old Heather Heyer.
Shortly after the latest march Saturday night, a beaming Spencer posted on Twitter that “Charlottesville 3.0 was a great success and it was a lot of fun. We came, we triggered, we left,” he said. “We did an in–and–out flash mob, we did some singing, we did some chanting, some speeches…”
Spencer also complained about previously being “badly mistreated,” noting that he and his group “came in peace,” albeit to promote racist and hateful ideas.
One of those ideals, symbolized by the chant, “You will not replace us,” embodies the white supremacist belief that the country’s founding fathers were white, and therefore the U.S. belongs to white people who are being “oppressed” by inferior non–whites, liberals, and cowardly conservatives. In their minds, Spencer and his “brave” race warriors are courageously standing up to this oppression and making their voices heard.
But one thing that’s hard to figure out, if Spencer and his white power people are so superior, how come they’re being replaced in the first place?
Anyway, a livestreaming video of the rally showed Spencer and his pals having an adrenaline–filled, I–can’t–believe–we’re–doing–this, good–ole racist time. They sang “Dixie,” they strangely yelled (again) that “Russia is our friend!” They struggled to synchronize their chants, and they panicked and ran when cops drove by (until someone yelled, “Don’t panic!”).
Then, they boarded a bus and were escorted out of town by police, promising to return.
After the march, Spencer and his followers praised each other, soaked up the attention, and even shared a link to a story about the march from the liberal New York Times.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, however, wasn’t happy with the stunt, lamenting on Twitter about, “Another despicable visit by neo–Nazi cowards.” The mayor promised to explore the city’s “legal options.”