A federal judge in Alabama ordered Auburn University, a public university, to allow white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer Richard Spencer to speak on campus yesterday.
After the university initially canceled the event due to “security concerns,” Spencer filed a complaint with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, claiming that the university violated the First Amendment of the Constitution guaranteeing his right to free speech.
Judge W. Keith Watkins, who was appointed by George W. Bush in 2005, agreed with Spencer that Auburn’s statement interfered with Spencer’s speech and forced the university to continue the event as planned.
Spencer’s speech faced considerable backlash from the Left and other individuals who take issue with Spencer’s opinions. After he gave his speech, Spencer was met with a mob of protesters. Fights ensued and people were arrested.
Three people just got in a fight, all arrested. Unclear if Antifa or alt-right. pic.twitter.com/clLMWz0IoQ
— Julia Reinstein (@juliareinstein) April 18, 2017
Just went back outside an the anti-Richard Spencer has gotten HUGE and loud pic.twitter.com/aYgOsi3MIF
— Julia Reinstein (@juliareinstein) April 19, 2017