The polemical political activist, Richard Spencer, has gained the attention of a wide audience across the world following his political views, which have more often than not, garnered negative responses. His political beliefs, which mainly delineate the movement of the white nationalist and Neo-Nazis, have led to his being referred to as a White supremacist.
He is the founder of Washington Summit Publishers and also serves as the chairman of the National Policy Institute. Richard is known to have masterminded the coinage of the term Alt-right, as well as launching several websites for his numerous followers, including the AltRight website. Just as people have been very critical of his ideologies, so also they have been very critical of his person.
Richard Spencer Had An Early Life of Affluence
The polemical political activist was born to his parents, Rand, a medical practitioner, and Sherry Spencer, in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1978. He was raised in Dallas, Texas, from where he acquired his elementary education at St. Mark’s School. His early life was one of affluence in the neighborhood of Dallas.
At first, he studied for one year at Colgate University before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Music from the University of Virginia. He further earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago. He then proceeded to acquire his doctorate from Duke University but eventually withdrew from the institution.
Before Fame, He Worked for Several Media Outfits
Richard Spencer began his career at The American Conservative magazine, where he assisted in carrying out editing work. However, he was reportedly relieved of his duties following his political views that were greatly abhorred. Later on, he began working at Taki’s Magazine as the chief editor.
During that time, he created the Alternative Right website, for which he has credited himself as the inventor of the alt-right term. Also, Spencer launched his publishing firm in 2011 known as Washington Summit Publishers. He also served as the chairman of the National Policy Institute.
His Controversial Political Views Brought Him into Prominence
Following his political views that support the movement of the Neo-Nazis and white nationalist, Richard Spencer has been hugely perceived to be a racist. He has also been regarded as a supporter of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which resulted in violence and crime, having that the rally, which was organized in 2017, ended up having about 19 people injured and killed in a counter-protester.
Having often been described as a threat to the safety of the public, Spencer, who works as a public speaker, has been restricted from speaking at many universities, including Ohio University. He was a huge supporter of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, during the 2016 US Presidential election, hoping that Trump would advocate for alt-right policies. Richard Spencer, however, advised his supporters to move on from the Trump movement, which seems to be over as he is discontented with the current US administration.
Furthermore, the political activist has also been known for publicizing too extreme views, which include that women shouldn’t necessarily be given the right to vote during elections, as well as that they should not be occupying prominent positions in the society that would enable them to influence foreign policy. He went on to state that women should go back to the customary duties of home-keeping and procreation.
Richard Spencer Believes In The Need For An All-White Only Empire
Spencer upholds the view that the European Nations should unite and form an empire only for the white race. He propagates that people that belong to the non-white racial background should not be part of the white racial empire as he calls for European unity. His views and beliefs have been highly criticized as it seems to be in support of racial segregation. It has also stirred several violent acts on different occasions during his rallies and speeches.
As a result of the controversies surrounding the alt-right leader, as well as the degree of violence observed in the action of his supporters, Richard Spencer was handed a three-year ban from twenty-six countries in Europe in the year 2014. He has also been prohibited from entering Poland by the Polish Government and also banned from Hungary by the country’s Prime Minister.
Joe Biden Rejected His Endorsement
Ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, the prominent neo-Nazi threw his weight behind the candidacy of Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. He made known his intention of voting Biden over Donald Trump, who has often been described as a White Supremacist by the opposition.
According to Spencer, not only would he back Joe Biden, but also all democratic candidates, and his sole reason for that is because he felt Democrats are more competent than the Republicans. Recall, he was also a strong supporter of President Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.
When Joe Biden says we are in a battle for the soul of our nation against vile forces of hate who have come crawling out from under rocks, you are the epitome of what he means. What you stand for is absolutely repugnant. Your support is 10,000% percent unwelcome here. https://t.co/86reJEoTCd
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) August 24, 2020
In a hasty response to this, judging by the precedence of his poor level of tolerance, the Joe Biden camp through Andrew Bates wasted no time to reject the endorsement, indicating that his endorsement was not welcome and repugnant.
His Marriage Has Not Escaped The Controversy In His Life
Richard Spencer exchanged vows with his wife, Nina Kouprianova, in 2010, having first met in 2009 on Facebook, and almost instantly, they felt a connection that would end up in a marriage a year later. The union was held in a small ceremony in Niagara Falls. For their engagement, Spencer’s mother resized one of her diamond rings and gave Nina. His wife, Kouprianova, is a painter and photographer.
The couple has two children, and their relationship is said to be a tumultuous one as they got separated in 2016 but later reconciled in the following year. However, in 2018, Kouprianova publicized how she has been emotionally, physically, and financially abused by Spencer. She was also reported to have filed for divorce from the political activist.
The abuse she started suffering in his hands, according to her, started even before they were fully settled as a couple. Shortly after their wedding, while they were preparing for a larger ceremony in January 2011, Nina had a stomach bug. While still down with the ailment, Spencer demanded they watched a movie in the basement, but he yelled at her and dragged her by the hair.
That would only be a start of what would become a difficult marriage for her as she came to suffer even more physical and emotional abuse from the alleged most dangerous racist. On one occasion, when she was four months pregnant with the couple’s first child, Spencer pushed her and held her by the neck and jaw. She has photo evidence of the episode. To the many allegations against him, Richard Spencer insisted he had never physically assaulted his wife; it was only verbal abuse, and he was sorry for that.
Richard Spencer Has Made Millions From His Properties and Publications
Richard Spencer has been involved in a lot of things, the result of which is a huge fortune from his multiple endeavors over the years. Having worked as a chief editor along with establishing a publication firm, his various websites, Spencer is said to be worth around $185 million.
In addition to that, he turns in $2 million in US farm subsidy payments alongside his mother and sister from 2008 to 2015. They are also absentee landlords of 5,200 acres fields worth millions of dollars. He has not revealed what he makes from cotton farming and his political activities.
Also, some parts of his fortune have been inherited from his grandfather, whose fortune has been linked to the Jim Crow South and the civil rights era. His mother inherited farms in northeast Louisiana, which she handed down to her two kids.