Roland Martin Told White Nationalist Richard Spencer He Could Self-Deport Too


martinRoland Martin recounted his interview with white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, in which he told the “alt-right” luminary, who has lobbied for the creation of a white ethno-state in the U.S., that he was free to leave the country “anytime he wants to.”

Speaking to MSNBC’s Tamron Hall Tuesday morning, Martin said, “I told him point blank. As a Black man, Latinos, we’re not going anywhere. It’s our country too. You better get used to sharing power and sharing resources because we’re not going anywhere, Richard.”

Hall countered that Spencer’s position was for minorities to voluntary leave the country. Martin responded, “Well, I told him he can leave. He can leave anytime he wants to.”

Spencer is the founder of the National Policy Institute, a Virginia-based white nationalist think tank that lobbies for the creation of a white ethno-state in the U.S. Spencer told the BBC in September, “Donald Trump came along and I feel like my movement and ideology, we can be a kind of vanguard for a presidential candidate. His arrow is pointing in our direction.”

On Monday The Atlantic released footage of audience members at a National Policy Institute conference on Saturday performing the Nazi salute and shouting, “Hail Trump!” Martin told Hall that, in his interview with Spencer, he denied that a significant number of audience members were doing the Nazi salute.

Martin said that Trump had been “speaking to white nationalism” throughout the campaign. “This is all by design. President-elect Donald Trump must condemn it. He must say it is shameful. But he’s paying footsie here.”

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