The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a hate-crimes charge against a white nationalist leader who recently spoke at a pro-Trump rally in Louisville, Kentucky.
Richard Spencer, who is known for his anti-immigration rhetoric, said the rally was for “white people.”
The charges were filed Thursday.
Spencer, a former leader of the National Policy Institute who founded the online platform Vanguard Daily, said he has spoken at rallies for years in which he said “white power” and “white genocide” are real and “the last bastions of white supremacy are in the United States of America.”
He said that he is a member of the Alt-Right, a loosely affiliated white nationalist movement that was founded in the 1970s by white supremacists.
Spencer is also a regular speaker at the event, but he is not a registered lobbyist for the Trump administration, a spokesperson told the Louisville Courier-Journal.
The charges say Spencer was “present in the crowd, shouted ‘Nazi’ and held up a sign that read ‘Stop the Alt Right.'”
Spencer, 48, has appeared on television and in print to denounce President Donald Trump and call on white nationalists to “stand up and fight” against the white supremacist movement.
He has also defended the right of the Ku Klux Klan to march in the country.
Spencer also said he was “disgusted” by “white supremacists” who “have gone out of their way to kill white people.”
Spencer has also criticized the media for not reporting on the white nationalist rally.
“It is very important to understand that the media is not reporting the truth, which is that the alt-right is a real movement,” he told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Monday.
“That is the truth.
And they’re not reporting it because they don’t want to have a narrative that’s going to allow for a media that’s not going to be as negative as it is.
They don’t have to be.
It’s all lies.”
The Southern Center for Human Rights, which tracks hate crimes and anti-Semitism, said Spencer’s appearance at the rally came amid a “continuing rise in incidents” at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which has a large contingent of white nationalists.
“In this day and age of social media, the white nationalists have found a platform to share their views and express their views,” the center’s director, Matt Calkins, said in a statement.
“We are appalled that Mr. Spencer’s participation in this rally was allowed to take place and believe that his views and actions should not be tolerated.
He should be arrested and prosecuted for his actions.”