Self-proclaimed white nationalist and alleged domestic abuser Richard Spencer has been bogged down in a civil lawsuit for his part in helping to organize the "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virgina, which resulted in much calamity, including the tragic death of activist Heather Heyers at the hands of another proud self-proclaimed white nationalist. Spencer is — perhaps, sadly, fittingly — the heir to a cotton farm fortune, and that privilege has helped him to finance his campaign of hate. But increasing legal (and marital) pressures have finally started to milk his racist wallet dry. From Huffington Post:
Richard Spencer's attorney has asked for the court's permission to withdraw from representing him in the civil case. The lawyer, John DiNucci, said Spencer owes him a significant amount of money in legal fees and hasn't been cooperating adequately.
Spencer told U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Hoppe that the lawsuit over the "Unite the Right" white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 has been "extremely expensive" and a "huge burden" for him.
"This case has been financially crippling for a long time," said Spencer, who popularized the term "alt-right" to describe a loosely connected fringe movement of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists.
Huffington Post goes on to note that Spencer has also (allegedly) failed to turn over numerous documents for the trial, including thousands of photos and video files.
The trustfund Neo-Nazi baby runs a "nonprofit" called the National Policy Institute, which had previously raised nearly $500,000 in tax-deductible contributions between 2007 and 2012. Spencer has said that deplatforming his hate speech has made it increasingly difficult for him to fundraise additional money from supporters. "That's something that I have proven to be able to do in the past, fairly easily to be honest, but it's something that I cannot do now," he told the judge. "When I attempt to raise money, there are various groups that make it their life's mission to get me kicked off the platform."
Say what you will about the philosophical rationalization behind de-platforming Neo-Nazis; but it does, objectively, make it difficult for them to carry on in a capitalist society.
Anyway here's a playlist of remixes of Richard Spencer getting punched in the face at Trump's inauguration. Did I mention that Spencer's wife is also divorcing him after alleging that he violently abused her while she was pregnant?
White Nationalist Richard Spencer Can't Afford To Pay Legal Fees In 'Unite The Right' Case [Michael Kunzelman / Huffington Post]