White supremacist icon Richard Spencer was banned from traveling to Sweden this week, where he had planned to preach to young white supremacists at a conference. He was flagged by HOPE not hate, a British anti-racism organization, and ultimately shoved back into the United States.
Spencer was stopped during his layover in Poland and told he could not get on his next flight to Sweden. He was informed he must return to the U.S. One of Spencer’s white supremacist pals Christoffer Dulny tweeted that Spencer was the “secret guest” at the conference, but was denied access into Sweden. “The global anarcho-tyranny lives and thrives,” Dulney wrote. As of this writing, Spencer has yet to speak out about the travel ban except for retweeting Dulney’s tweet, adding, “Mustache Nationalism knows no borders.”
The travel ban was placed on Spencer in November of 2017 by Polish authorities who prohibited him from traveling to 26 European countries for five years. All 26 countries are part of Europe’s visa-free Schengen area, including Sweden. These 26 countries have open borders and allow free movement without a passport, except for, say, a white supremacist looking to convert young citizens to alt-right extremists. Spencer threw a tantrum over the travel ban and said, “I’m being treated like a criminal by the Polish government. It’s just insane. I haven’t done anything. What are they accusing me of?”
The Polish government is accusing Spencer of being the white supremacist that he is. He has proven to be a threat multiple times. The most recent event took place in November of 2017, when three of his biggest fans were charged with attempted murder after firing a shot at a group of anti-Spencer protestors. The assault took place at the University of Florida where Spencer was speaking and his three followers were saying Hitler chants, performing Nazi salutes and threatening the protestors. During the same month, Spencer gave a speech at a conference in Washington where he said, “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” Several of the audience members performed Hitler salutes. Spencer is also credited with coining the term “alt-right.”
Due to Spencer’s extremist views, his website was reportedly taken down by the GoDaddy hosting service and Facebook removed two profiles affiliated with Spencer this year. Poland had every right to send him back to the U.S., but we don’t want him either.