COLLEGE STATION (1080 KRLD) – Tensions could run high Tuesday night for a planned speech by an alleged white nationalist on the campus of Texas A&M, and many have already planned a counter rally.
Political activist Richard Spencer, who grew up in the Dallas area, has gained national attention of late as the head of the so-called ‘Alt-Right’ movement.
A video showing Spencer and supporters cheering and saying “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” while throwing up Nazi salutes got a lot of attention following the election of Donald Trump.
Spencer was not invited to speak on behalf of the University, but by a former Aggie who rented a room on-campus for Spencer’s private speech where, according to KVUE, there are about 60 people on the guest list, which includes white nationalists and people who say they want to peacefully challenge the speaker.
Reports say at least 10,000 students have signed a petition to get the university to cancel the speech, but officials say they’re not going to call it off citing free speech laws.
Spencer has denied being a White Supremacist.
A counter unity rally titled, ‘Aggies United’ will be held at Kyle Field, one hour before Spencer’s planned appearance.
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