Richard Spencer, who leads the white supremacist National Policy Insitute, spoke at Texas A&M University Tuesday night under heavy criticism. The speech, which drew condemnation since its annoucement, was not at the university's invitation, but organized by a former student who reserved campus space available to the public.
Spencer explained his message in an interview with CNN following the event, saying that he believes only "white people can support Western civilization," adding that he advocates for non-whites to return to their countries of origin.
Asked by CNN investigative reporter Sara Ganim how he feels about being compared to "Hitler and other leaders responsible for mass genocide," Spencer laughed off the comparison, insisting, "I find this all very amusing."
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"I do drink liberal tears, I use liberal tears for cologne," continued Spencer.
Hundreds gathered at nearby Kyle Field to hear music and speeches highlighting diversity and unity as a counter to Spencer.
Meanwhile, about 400 people filled a student center ballroom - some listening to Spencer, others jeering him. Some silently held placards while others loudly chanted slogans. A&M police say two non-students were arrested but gave no details. Those attending the speech had to walk a gantlet of chanting protesters while leaving the hall.