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Alt-Right Leader Does Not Know If Women Should Be Able To Vote
Richard Spencer, the White Nationalist leader who coined the term Alt-Right, does not know if women should be able to vote.
Speaking recently to a Newsweek reporter, Spencer was asked if he would like to return to a time before women were allowed to vote.
At first, Spencer avoided a direct response. “I’m not terribly excited about voting in general,” he said, adding that he thought that “mass democracy” was “a bit of a joke to be honest.”
When pressed about women voting in the U.S., Spencer said, “I don’t necessarily think that that’s a great thing.”
Although he is no fan of democracy as we know it, Spencer offered no illustrative examples of how U.S. citizens would be would be able to pick leaders without it.
Spencer has voiced similar opinions regarding women and the democratic system before.
In 2016, Spencer tweeted about Hillary Clinton. “Women should never be allowed to make foreign policy,” he wrote. “It’s not that they’re ‘weak.’ To the contrary, their vindictiveness knows no bounds.”
Women should never be allowed to make foreign policy. It’s not that they’re “weak.” To the contrary, their vindictiveness knows no bounds.
— Richard ☝🏻Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) September 27, 2016
Aside from questioning women’s capacity for engaging in public service, Spencer is known primarily for his attitudes regarding race.
He believes that Latinos and African Americans have lower average IQs than whites, and goes so far to insist that these groups are genetically predisposed to commit crimes.
In a 2016 interview in Mother Jones, Spencer used a quasi-mystical language to detail his faith in his racial superiority.
“I think there is something within the European soul that we haven’t been able to measure yet and maybe we never will,” said Spencer, “and that is a Faustian drive or spirit—a drive to explore, a drive to dominate, a drive to live one’s life dangerously…a drive to explore outer space and the universe. I think there is something within us that we possess and that only we possess.”