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Richard Spencer, who leads a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism, speaks at the Texas A&M University campus 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)

Twitter unbanned the white nationalist leader who shouted 'Hail Trump!' at a rally


Last month, Twitter banned hundreds of accounts tied to the alt-right, an ideology that’s a mix of racism, white nationalism, and populism.

But on Saturday, it undid its ban on one of the alt-right's most prominent voices: Richard Spencer, leader of the white nationalist group The National Policy Institute, who made headlines for shouting "Hail Trump! Hail victory!"  at a rally in Washington, D.C. after the election. 

Spencer's "verified" status was also restored to his account.

'Hail Trump!': Richard Spencer Speech Excerpts

WATCH | Here's the speech that made Spencer infamous.

Please select one account for restoration; the others will remain suspended.
Twitter's email to Spencer

Vox reports that Spencer was not banned for violating Twitter's hate speech policy. Instead, he was banned for "creating serial and/or multiple accounts with overlapping use."

Spencer managed multiple accounts, including the Institute's account, Radix, and _AltRight_. 

Spencer seemed convinced he could get the other accounts up despite Twitter's emails.

On Saturday, alt-right-friendly Breitbart News was also verified.

The Knight Of Long Knives

WATCH | When he was initially banned, Spencer posted a video comparing Twitter's alt-right bans to the "Night of the Long Knives," a sweep of executions by the Nazi Party to solidify Adolf Hitler's power. In an interview, he called the bans "corporate Stalinism."

But on Saturday, he seemed happy to be back.

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