Vehr indicated a similarly security-oriented thought process, writing UC was “assessing various safety and logistical considerations” in response to Spencer’s request.
He did not disclose whether Spencer had been invited by a campus group.
Spencer sued Michigan State University after school officials denied his request to hold events on campus, according to the Washington Post. Spencer said the denial was a violation of his supporters’ constitutional rights; the school said it denied Spencer’s request due to “significant concerns about public safety” in consultation with local law enforcement.
“While we remain firm in our commitment to freedom of expression, our first obligation is to the safety and security of our students and our community,” Michigan State spokesman Kent Cassella told the Post.
Spencer, 38, is credited with creating the term “alt-right” to describe a sector of ultra-conservatives whose views align almost identically to that of white supremacists and neo-Nazis. A video of Spencer went viral shortly after President Donald Trump was elected — Spencer is shown leading a chant, “Hail Trump,” while leading a crowd in “Sieg Hiel” Nazi salutes.
Spencer runs the the National Policy Institute, a small non-profit “dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States,” according to its website. Specifically, the NPI advocates for an “ethno-state” for white Americans.