University of Florida president Kent Fuchs said white nationalist Richard Spencer wants the speech he will deliver Thursday to provoke violence that will gain sympathy for the alternative right movement he represents, USA Today reports. Spencer and his supporters will thrive on any confrontation brought by anti-fascist protesters, warned Fuchs. They hope to bring violent clashes that broke out during an August rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left one woman dead.
“Now, for the first time in the history of our nation, very different racist groups are coming together under one person who speaks their language and their words and speaks their views on racism and white supremacy,” Fuchs said. “They’re coming to campus with the intentions of confrontation and with the intention of having all of us repeat their view on the world.” Spencer organizers complicated security arrangements by planning to wait until an hour and a half before the event to distribute tickets. Only people who look like alt-right supporters will be among the 700 people allowed inside the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. “They’re picking and choosing — it definitely isn’t us,” said Alachua County, Fl., Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Sims. “They are the requester of the event and these tickets belong to them, but yes, it’s absolutely a safety concern.”