White nationalist Richard Spencer banned from Virginia gym after confrontation

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 23: Reporters surround white supremacist Richard Spencer during the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 23, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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White nationalist Richard Spencer has been banned from a local Virginia gym after a confrontation with a Georgetown professor last week.

Old Town Sport & Health in Alexandria, Virginia terminated Spencer's membership after C. Christine Fair, an associate professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, recognized Spencer and approached him, leading to a public lambasting for his "alt-right" views.

Fair described her interaction with Spencer in a post on her blog and on Twitter, saying she had asked him if he was indeed Richard Spencer, to which he replied, "No."

Fair said Spencer had asked for assistance from gym staff members as Fair continued to call out Spencer for being "a cowardly nazi", and that fellow gym patrons had yelled at her for "making a scene" and threatened to call the police.

Spencer, head of the National Policy Institute, told Buzzfeed that he denied his identity initially to avoid confrontation, and that he was "disappointed and annoyed" by the gym's decision to revoke his membership.

"I'm really a model gym-goer, I don't bother anyone. I don't talk to anyone. I really just go and lift weights," said Spencer.

This was not the first time Spencer was on the receiving end of personal attacks from those that disagree with his point of view. Spencer was punched in the face during an on-camera interview on Inauguration Day.

Far-right activist Richard Spencer punched during interview by ABC News (Australia) on YouTube

Spencer described it as a "brazen, cowardly attack" when he was punched by a hooded demonstrator who then ran off after hitting Spencer on the streets of downtown D.C.

Spencer has drawn ire for his popularization of the term "alt-right" and his comments on white nationalism in the lead up to the presidential election and after President Trump took office.

Spencer was heard saying "Hail Trump" and quoting Nazi propaganda at a white nationalist conference in Washington to mark Mr. Trump's victory.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Spencer as a "suit and tie version of white supremacists of old, a kind of professional racist in khakis."

Most recently,
charlottesville-protest-richard-spender-kkk-robert-e-lee-statueEditUnlink ">Spencer was photographed carrying a torch during a Virginia demonstration
where groups chanted "you will not replace us," protesting plans to remove a monument of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. 

The city Mayor quickly condemned the torch-lit protest, saying the event appeared to harken "back to the days of the KKK."