A&M criticizes ‘alt-right’ leader invited to speak at school

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University says it didn’t invite a leader of the “alt-right” movement who’s scheduled to speak at the school next month.

The campus newspaper The Battalion reports a former student invited Richard Spencer to speak. Spencer is head of a group called the National Policy Institute and a leader of a movement seen as a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.

A speech he gave last weekend in Washington, D.C. at an alt-right conference drew Nazi-style salutes from people in the audience.

University officials say Spencer’s views contradict the school’s core values.

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But he likely will be permitted to speak because officials say people are allowed to reserve campus space available to the public, irrespective of their message.

More on Spencer: www.fortworthbusiness.com/news/briefs/let-s-party-like-it-s-inside-the-alt-right/article_460f0df2-b139-11e6-b97c-c797d7c3124f.html