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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Richard Spencer, who leads a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism, speaks at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. The Montana-based National Policy Institute, run by Spencer, who popularized the term “alternative right,” is among groups of the white nationalist movement with tax-exempt status. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Alt-Right founder Richard Spencer got punched in the face during an interview


Richard Spencer, the guy who coined the term "alt-right" got sucker punched while he was doing an interview in the streets of Washington D.C. during Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday. 

Spencer was talking with members of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation near the inaugural festivities when a masked man socked him right in the face, and it was all caught on camera. 

You can watch the altercation here. 

Spencer, a white nationalist was answering questions about whether or not he was a neo-Nazi and what the "Pepe the Frog" pin on his lapel signified. 

"Pepe the Frog" is an internet meme that was frequently used by white supremacists and ant-Semites during the 2016 election cycle. It has been designated a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League. 

Then a masked individual charged Spencer and punched him right in the face. 

Spencer said there was 'no serious damage' from the punch. 

D.C. police told CNN there is an open investigation into the assault, but Spencer has not yet filed a police report. 

He told CNN he called 911 at the scene and plans to file a report. 

"I kind of like getting into vigorous back and forth with people who disagree with me," said Spencer. "But punching like that just crosses a line -- totally unacceptable."

The internet had a field day with Spencer's assault. He was the number one trending topic on Twitter and users created dozens of memes remixing the incident. 

Like this "patriotic" version. 

Or this classic R&B remix. 

Or this "Hamilton" replay. 

Many on Twitter said they wished they had gotten the chance to punch Spencer.

'Hail Trump!': Richard Spencer Speech Excerpts

Spencer has caused waves in Washington before. Just after election day he was caught on video speaking at a conference making Nazi salutes and shouting "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!" 

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