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White nationalist Richard Spencer considering congressional run

Richard Spencer, who leads a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism, raises his fist as he speaks Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M officials say they didn't schedule the speech by Spencer, who was invited to speak by a former student who reserved campus space available to the public. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

According to CNBC, white nationalist Richard Spencer is thinking about throwing his hat into the ring for a congressional seat soon to be vacated in Montana. The seat is potentially being left behind by Rep. Ryan Zinke who has been selected by President-elect as the Interior secretary.

From CNBC:

Spencer, who has never held public office, told the Post he is "only thinking about it." He said "a lot of people" were urging him to do it, and that he is taking "an exciting prospect" seriously. He spends some of his time in Whitefish, Montana, according to the publication.

Spencer is head of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist "research and educational" group. The Anti-Defamation League, which monitors hate groups, says Spencer coined the term "alt-right" in an effort to rebrand white nationalism.

"If I did this, it would not be some eccentric campaign that no one talks about and is a footnote to history," said Spencer in an interview with the Huffington Post. "It would become a major conversation around the country ... just because of my profile in the alt-right. Again, I would only do it to win it."

Spencer was recently on video speaking to a conference he put together in D.C. to celebrate Trump's victory, shouting "Hail Trump!" as attendees in the room gave Nazi salutes.
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