White nationalist Richard Spencer voted for the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, according to a Tuesday photo on Spencer’s Twitter feed.
Spencer, who popularized the descriptive term “Old Right”, voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. After the drone attack that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Spencer withdrew his support for Trump. In 2020 Spencer said the GOP had become “ineffective” and declared his support for Biden. Based on Spencer’s earlier views, Biden’s campaign rejected Spencer’s support for the candidate. However, this did not stop Spencer from voting for the Democrats on Tuesday.
“I voted directly for Dem,” Spencer wrote. “In referenda I also voted FOR the expansion of gun rights in the state and AGAINST the expansion of legalization of marijuana. To hell with the libertarian ideology. I’m a libertarian if I want to be one.”
– Richard ð¦ Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) November 3, 2020
Washington Newsday asked the Biden campaign for a comment.
In August, Spencer said he planned to vote Democratic because “the Liberals are clearly more competent people.
Biden’s campaign manager, Andrew Bates, lamed Spencer on Twitter.
“When Joe Biden says we are in a battle for the soul of our nation against vile forces of hate that have crawled out from under the rocks, you are the epitome of what he means,” Bates said in an August tweet. “What you stand for is absolutely repugnant. Your support is 10,000% unwelcome here.”
Trump’s election in 2016 was welcomed by many members of the old-right community, including Spencer. A video of Spencer praising Trump at a white supremacist meeting in 2016 spread like a virus. Spencer became a target for those who did not agree with his ideals. In a 2017 incident that was videotaped, Spencer was punched in the face after Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. Spencer described the incident as “happening in the most cowardly manner”.
After the murder of Soleimani by the U.S. military, Spencer distanced himself from the Republican Party and seemed to apologize to Iran for the act.
“After our traitorous elite was brought to justice,” Spencer twittered in January, “we hope to achieve peace, reconciliation and forgiveness.
In August, Spencer declared his full support for Biden by tweeting: “I’m in Team Joe”.
“The MAGA/old right moment is over,” Spencer added. “I made mistakes; Trump is an obvious disaster, but mostly the paradigm contained errors that we can now see. And that must stop.”
Trump has offered mixed messages to the public about his view of white supremacists. After a clash between protesters at a 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a counterprotestant died, Trump told reporters that there were “very good people on both sides” of the demonstrations.
Later, he explained his position at a press event in August 2017, saying, “Racism is evil,” Trump said, “and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs like the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups who abhor everything we hold dear as Americans.