White nationalist leader Richard Spencer was thrown out of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday shortly after speaking with reporters for 45 minutes in the lobby. Spencer, who backed CPAC's decision to disinvite former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos over his comments on pedophilia, had his own credentials revoked despite his claims that CPAC issued them to him in the first place.
Conference organizers had security officials remove Spencer's badge before they escorted him out of the building.
"I totally reject Milo and I'm glad that he was disinvited," Spencer told reporters. "I was willing to tolerate him or maybe be ambivalent about him, but after his video clips, there’s no way that I could support Milo in any way."
CPAC spokeman Ian Walters told NBC News that Spencer was kicked out because he is "repugnant."
"The fact is that people want to talk to me, not these boring conservatives," Spencer said, "because they want to learn about ideas whose time has come and not whose time has passed as conservatives."
When told that organizers of the event described him as a member of the KKK, Spencer replied, "That's stupid."
CPAC spox Ian Walters says Richard Spencer was removed because he is "repugnant."— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) February 23, 2017
Depsite being thrown out, Spencer said that there's no stopping him because young people love his ideas. "We're reaching them no matter what the CPAC leadership wants to do," he added.