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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&amp;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)

A California police department retweeted white nationalist Richard Spencer


A police department in California on Monday issued an explanation for why its official Twitter account posted a link to a press conference from a prominent white nationalist.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office described the tweet about Richard Spencer’s press conference the same day as an accident.

Twitter users on Monday pressed the law enforcement office in San Francisco’s Bay Area to explain its activities on the social media platform.

Business Insider reported Tuesday that the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office deleted the post on its official Twitter account around midnight local time.

Spencer earlier Monday held a press conference where he dismissed President Trump’s condemnation of white nationalists for recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“His statement today was more kumbaya nonsense,” he said. “Only a dumb person would take those lines seriously.”

“I don’t think he condemned it, no,” Spencer added when asked if Trump had denounced the “alt-right” movement he named in 2008.

“Did he say ‘white nationalist?’ ‘Racist’ means an irrational hatred of people. I don’t think [Trump] meant any of us.”

Trump earlier Monday specifically rebuked white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) for last weekend’s bloodshed in Charlottesville.

“Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to what we hold dear as Americans,” he said at the White House.

Trump faced backlash from some Democrats and Republicans alike for not immediately condemning white nationalists involved in the Charlottesville unrest.

Clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville ultimately turned violent last Saturday.

One person died when a car drove into demonstrators there, and two Virginia State Police Department officials were also killed in a helicopter crash linked to the situation there.

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