When alt-right movement founder and white nationalist poster boy Richard Spencer isn’t practicing his German and throwing Nazi salutes at conferences, he’s busy plotting a run for Congress in Montana—to test whether America is still a “safe space” for white people.
Spencer rose to prominence after the alt-right went mainstream in the runup to Donald Trump’s election, despite the President-elect’s disavowal of white supremacists. Spencer, who said last month that the movement is in civil war because there are too many “edgy” people and not enough real white nationalists, openly flirts with the idea of running for congress. Yesterday, he tweeted: “If black separatists like @keithellison [Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district] can be the head of the DNC can white separatists run for Congress and win? #montanafirst”.
He evidently looked closely at ex- Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke’s disastrous run for Louisiana’s Senate. He lost in the state because, according to Spencer, it’s a “jungle primary,” adding “the people of Montana are civilized.”
“Jungle primary” is a term used for electoral system that allows all candidates to run in the same primary regardless of political party. In Montana, it’s an open primary system, meaning Spencer would have to win the support of one of the political parties.
Does he think the GOP will welcome him?
It’s not even a cinch to win over alt-right Twitter. Spencer sought to score some meme-points by begging to be endorsed by Malik Obama, Barack Obama’s half-brother and a very confused man.
Malik trolled Spencer by replying: “Won’t you lynch me?”
.@richardbspencer won't you lynch me?
— Malik Obama (@ObamaMalik) December 19, 2016