White nationalist Spencer speaks to packed room at Auburn

Richard Spencer

Hundreds of people gathered outside Foy Hall before Spencer's speech, many of whom were there to protest his appearance.

Supporters and opponents engaged in shouting marches beforehand, and photos showed a man with a bloody face after a physical altercation outside.

Mr. Spencer, 38, has been widely credited with coining the term "alt-right", a label applied to far-right conservatism. "A bunch of snowflakes mostly women and betas were outside".

Earlier Tuesday, U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins ruled that Auburn, as a public institution covered by the First Amendment, had to allow Spencer to speak. Spencer won a restraining order in federal court in Montgomery, allowing him to speak on the campus as planned.

And Spencer did not fail to deliver the kind of inflammatory speech that had raised concerns among many members of the Auburn community and beyond last week.

During his speech, Spencer praised the history of the alt-right movement, according to multiple reports.

The speech - more specifically, the Nazi salutes - made national headlines.

According to the April 18 complaint, the university had agreed to rent the auditorium at James E. Foy Hall to plaintiff Cameron Padgett "for the goal of providing a forum for Richard Spencer". The pair only got in about two punches before police took them to the ground and restrained them using plastic restraints.

"I'm not talking to you", she said to the crowd.

"N$3 one [of the people arrested] were AU students or from the Auburn area".

Colleges across the country from the University California, Berkeley, to Texas A&M have been trying to balance free speech and security when controversial speakers appear on campus.

The Alabama university had cancelled the scheduled appearance on Friday, citing safety concerns.

Spencer previously advocated for an all-white country, stating in 2013, "We need an ethno-state, so that our people can 'come home again, ' can live amongst family and feel safe and secure".

Spencer was not invited to speak by the school, but had paid $700 to use a space at the public university.

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