At Donald Trump’s inauguration the ”Alt-Right” leader (or Neo-Nazi to decent people) Richard Spencer took a smack in the face. Here it is.
Now some people think it’s an awful thing; that in fact, it makes us as bad as the neo-Nazis Spencer represents. We should be better than cheering on someone being punched; even someone as clearly and obviously abhorrent as Spencer is while Trump supporters/Neo-Nazis are just angry with anyone that isn’t them.
So should we cheer on Spencer getting punched?
Oh fuck yes. We should be grinning like loons.
I don’t think violence works as a political weapon, but there is a line. When you out yourself as basically, a fucking Nazi, then we make sure you aren’t treated as normal. That in fact, you were firmly beaten decades ago and you won’t be tolerated as you’re a fucking Nazi! But ‘it makes us as bad as them’ say the sort of liberals used to re-Tweeting a harsh hashtag. No, it doesn’t. Again, once you out yourself to the world as a Nazi and you hide behind Donald Trump’s coattails in the hope of garnering some sympathy for taking a punch, then remember, this is what Spencer is about.
The far right re empowered like never before. They’re crawling out the woodwork and you can’t hide in safe spaces when that happens so you either fight back or tolerate it, and I’m not going to tolerate it as after all, there’s a rich tradition of smacking Nazis in the face.
I’m not saying violence is always the solution; it isn’t. I’m saying that if a Nazi like Spencer takes a hit in the side of the face then it follows a long tradition of hitting Nazis, and worse, since 1939, or 1941 if you’re from America.
Make no bones about this though, the time for tutting liberals are over, and we either take the fight up as the millions across the world did with the Woman’s March, or we give ground to the far right because if we don’t they’ll try to normalise what they are and that can never, ever happen as we know what happens when far right authoritarians gain control of power and of course, countries.