Charlottesville: Richard Spencer Blames Police for Violence, Calls Trump's Response 'Lame'

Richard Spencer was set to speak at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville before it turned deadly

White nationalist Richard Spencer and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Lee Park after the 'United the Right' rally was declared unlawful August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
White nationalist Richard Spencer and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Lee Park after the 'United the Right' rally was declared unlawful August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. CHIP SOMODEVILLA/AFP

White nationalist figure Richard Spencer blamed police on Saturday for the violence that erupted before and after the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where he was scheduled to speak before it turned deadly.

One woman was killed and dozens were wounded when a car rammed into a group of counter-protesters opposing the white nationalist march.  

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Spencer told The Associated Press on Saturday that he doesn’t take responsibility for the violence and accused state and local police of endangering lives in how they handled the rally.

Spencer said that he “did not attempt to engage in any kind of violence. So the idea that I could be held responsible is absurd. It’s like blaming the fire department for a fire.”

He said that he was pepper-sprayed twice during the day.

Spencer said he recommended that people should disperse after the state of emergency was declared.

Spencer also said he found President Donald Trump’s comments on the Charlottesville violence to be “rather vague and kind of lame.”