Richard Spencer, the US white supremacists’ leader and the president of the National Policy Institute, had a press conference at his own flat. At least two hotels denied of serving him.
His press conference followed the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. During the protests several people died, including Heather Heyer, 32-years-old, who was hit by a car.
Two hotels cancelled the planned conference, which forced Spencer to hold it in his office which he uses as a part-time flat. Earlier, he has asked his invitees to keep the location if the meeting in secret, but both locations leaked online. Probably, that was why the hotels refused to hold the white supremacists conference.
After the hotels leaked online, some social media users urged their followers to call the hotels and demand the event cancellation.
The far-right leader then sent another email saying he had “secured a location in Old Town, Alexandria” – a part of Northern Virginia where he recently moved into a flat. Asked about his use of the building, he said: "I can live here part time, yes. But this is my office."
The press conference was held in front of a pile of books, a large TV screen and a framed poster. Mr Spencer stood on a woven rug while security guards took their places in the kitchen.
The white supremacist said he was not responsible for the violence in Charlottesville and claimed he “absolutely” does not have blood on his hands. He claimed that he was at the “Unite the Right,” though he wasn’t the organizer. Spencer condemned the violence and promised to get rid of everyone “who thinks that that’s OK.”
Spencer denies that he is a white supremacist but has called for a white homeland for the “dispossessed white race” and advocated “peaceful ethnic cleansing” in order to protect European culture.