Newsweek is reporting comments by white nationalist Richard Spencer who says he is endorsing Democratic candidate Joe Biden in November’s election. Spencer has denounced Trump.
Spencer, who was one of the key figureheads of the alt-right movement, tweeted how he is “on Team Joe” on Monday, adding in a self-made campaign slogan, “Liberals are clearly more competent.”
In a series of tweets, Spencer further explained his reasoning for backing Biden.
“We’ll have another day in the sun. We need to recover and return in a new form.”
In another tweet, Spencer added: “I will never flip on my fundamental principles. (My principles were never voting for the supposed ‘the lesser or two evils’ or ‘stopping big government.’)
“Walking into certain defeat, even death, is not heroic. It’s foolhardy. I have no sympathy for martyrs. I admire winners.”
Spencer made a name for himself in a staged event when, in 2016 shortly after Trump was elected, he shouted “Hail Trump!” At the time Trump said he didn’t want his support. While many in the Alt-Right said they supported Trump before he was elected, they actually staged numerous demonstrations against the policies of the Trump administration. From Trump efforts to shore-up Black-owned businesses, to getting permanent funding for black colleges across the nation, prison reform, and killing terrorists, Trump’s policies were actually counter to alt-right goals, though media outlets continued to portray them as bedfellows.
Spencer is one of dozens of alt-right leaders who had assumed Trump would be a friend after elected. Spencer said earlier this year that he regrets voting for Trump, following the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and other reasons.
Spencer feared that Trump’s approved airstrike which resulted in the death of Soleimani brought the U.S. to the brink of war with Iran.
“I deeply regret voting for and promoting Donald Trump in 2016,” Spencer tweeted. “To the people of Iran, there are millions of Americans who do not want war, who do not hate you, and who respect your nation and its history.
“After our traitorous elite is brought to justice, we hope to achieve peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness,” he added.
Spencer also led a protest against the Trump administration launching an airstrike on a Syrian airbase in 2017.
Biden’s new found support may be based on his own comments concerning blacks and race.
The Federalist reports that when pressed by Errol Barnett of CBS News on whether he’d taken a cognitive test, Biden fired back saying that the question was akin to asking the black reporter if he would take a drug test to see if “you’re taking cocaine or not” and if he was a “junkie.”
“In an interview with National Public Radio’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro, Biden claimed that Latinos were more intellectually diverse than black people. ‘Unlike the African American community with notable exceptions,” said Biden. “the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,'” The Federalist quotes Biden as telling the Hispanic reporter.
Last year, Joe Biden told the Asian & Latino Coalition in Des Moines, Iowa, that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
In an interview with The Breakfast Club Biden said “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re voting for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”