Richard Spencer
White nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus during an event at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, Dec. 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge

Protesters gathered at Texas A&M University to oppose white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the institute Tuesday night. Spencer has made headlines — mostly after Donald Trump’s presidential election win — for his so-called alt-right ideas, which are a mix of populism and white nationalism.

Spencer, who belongs to the white supremacist think tank National Policy Institute (NPI), was invited not by the university but by a former student on the grounds that the school is publicly funded. The university then held a counter-event named “Aggies United,” with an aim to “stand together unwavering in our conviction that we are strongest when united.”

Addressing the crowd, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said that the university is not a place to promote racism and hate.

“If you’re a purveyor of hate and divisiveness and you want to spew that kind of racism, this is the last campus on earth that you want to come to,” Sharp said. “There is no place, and there is no university where love and respect for each other and loyalty and commitment to each other is stronger than Texas A&M University.”

Spencer, however, said that the university’s reaction to his appearance at the school “shows the power of the alt-right and the power of our ideas.”

About 400 people attended Spencer’s event with some of them mocking him, according to reports. At least one incident of physical confrontation was reported when the microphone was snatched from a woman who kept asking if Spencer was a racist.

Law enforcement officers were deployed at the university as some people protested outside the Memorial Student Center where Spencer gave the speech. In all, two arrests were made, according to the campus police. Those arrested were not university students.

Last month, NPI held a conference at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., where Spencer praised Trump’s victory in the elections and made a Nazi salute. He also reportedly attacked the media, calling them “Lügenpresse” — a Nazi-era phrase — which translates to “lying press” in German.

Following are some quotes from Spencer’s latest speech at Texas A&M:

  • “At the end of the day, America belongs to white men.”
  • “You’re part of a bigger extended family, and that race has a story to tell. It’s a people and a blood and a place on the map.”
  • “Whether it was nice or not, and I’m not going to deny there was a lot of brutality that went along with it, we won,” Spencer reportedly said about civilizations built by Europeans, which according to him are eventually put in danger when their fundamental racial identity is lost.
  • “Race is real. Race matters. Race is the foundation of identity.”
  • “Trump was the first step toward white identity politics in the United States. He is not going to be the last. The alt-right is a new beginning.”