Remember Richard Spencer, the neo-Nazi attacked on Inauguration Day who rapidly shot to internet fame, as footage of him taking a punch to the face circulated around social media through a series of remixes and GIFs? Well, it turns out he actually got clocked twice. Through the awesome power of the internet, new pictures from the Inauguration Day protests emerged on Thursday, revealing the second punch Spencer took from a protestor.
Twitter user babycommie666 discovered photos of the incident, which was actually the first time in the day he got punched. That means Spencer was punched initially, then went on television to give an interview about his beliefs before getting punched again.
Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, is upfront about his abhorrent views. He described Nazism as “antiquated,” calls for a “peaceful ethnic cleansing,” and his speeches are greeted by fans raising their arms in a Nazi salute.
The initial incident sparked a flurry of debate about whether it’s ethical to punch Nazis. Nick Spencer, the current Captain America writer, waded into the discussion earlier this week after fans said that Captain America also punches Nazis. “Today is difficult, but cheering violence against speech, even of the most detestable, disgusting variety, is not a look that will age well,” the writer said.
On the other side of the debate, Ken Ng, owner of Class One Mixed Martial Arts, explained to Inverse on Thursday how to punch a Nazi properly. Tips included ensuring you get good contact, and use the element of surprise to get the upper hand. It’s safe to say that, in keeping with expert advice, Spencer was pretty surprised by the incident.