Richard Spencer, the infamous alt-right figurehead, said on a podcast earlier this year that he believed the United States military should have enslaved Haitians after a hurricane struck the island, rather than provide humanitarian aid.
On his Altright.com podcast in February, Spencer lamented that the United States military never engages in war “for the right reasons,” which he said are when “you want to dominate someone, you want to take their territory, you want to take their women.” And if those reasons don’t suffice, Spencer said, he believes it is acceptable to go to war simply for “vainglory.”
When one of his guests began to complain that the United States Navy sent ships to provide humanitarian aid to Haitians after a hurricane devastated the country last year, Spencer had another idea for what the military should have done.
“Exactly, no. You should go enslave them. That would actually be a proper war aim,” Spencer said, before apologizing for “really going nuts” and then retracting that apology because “you need to go nuts in order to prove a point.”
Spencer said he hoped white people in America get so frustrated with the military’s humanitarian efforts that they “flip over into this domineering type, and I obviously hope that happens.”
“This is the kind of thing that’s truly traditional and historical. You display your power. Phallic symbols in the center of the capital city. That’s what it’s all fucking about,” Spencer said.
Spencer’s website was recently suspended from the domain-registrar GoDaddy after the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights complained about the violence Spencer attempted to incite on the site. Right Wing Watch last saw Spencer begging for money to pay a lawyer to defend him in a federal lawsuit.