''We fear whites are becoming a minority,'' says white nationalist Richard Spencer at a free speech rally in Washington, D.C. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Protesters from a seemingly wide spectrum of conservative, libertarian and other political ideologies attended a "Free Speech Rally" near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Sunday (June 25). Attendees included avowed white nationalist Richard Spencer who leads the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist and nationalist think tank. "It's almost inevitable that a minority is not going to have the social power and political power that the majority have. So yes, of course, we fear whites are becoming a minority," Spencer told reporters at the scene. Spencer, an avowed white nationalist, is credited by some with coining the term "alt-right" to describe online and social media communities on the far right that include white supremacists. Trump, as president-elect, condemned an alt-right conference in Washington in November organized by Spencer where some attendees gave Nazi salutes and yelled "Hail Trump!" after a speech about white nationalism. Various media reported that several dueling rallies were scheduled to occur around the U.S. capital on Sunday, including the "Rally Against Political Violence" which was organized after some participants of the free speech rally withdrew over Spencer's attendance. The smaller rally by "D.C. United Against Hate," which said on its Facebook page that it was opposed to "hatred and bigotry," also took place near the Lincoln Memorial.