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Gainesville Brewer to Richard Spencer: #lesshatemorebeer

October 18, 2017 - 8:15am
Richard Spencer
Richard Spencer

Not to be outdone by Gov. Rick Scott's State of Emergency declaration, a Gainesville brewery is doing its part to diffuse a potentially explosive atmosphere Thursday when Richard Spencer, America’s most noteworthy white supremacist, speaks on the campus of the University of Florida.

Instead of denying a right to free expression, the popular brewery is simply encouraging people not to attend -- by bribing them.

Alligator Brewing, possibly at the urging of UF President Ken Fuchs and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio who are trying to turn down the heat on Spencer, figured ... keep the crowds low-to-none and you make trouble disappear. What these brewmasters have done is extend a can't-refuse, college-town offer: bring in your tickets to the event, trade them for complimentary beer.

“We’re in no position to tell you whether or not to show up and protest, or completely boycott Richard Spencer’s appearance," reads the announcement from Tall Paul’s Brewhouse, home of Alligator Brewing, at 10 SE 2nd Avenue.  "But here’s what we can do. For every two tickets you bring in we’ll trade you for a free Alligator Brewing draft beer.”

Turned-in tickets will go in the trash.

Added the establishment, “We unfortunately can’t stop him from bringing his hate to Gainesville. But we can empty the room so his disgusting message goes unheard.”

Mind you, Spencer and his organization, the National Policy Institute, have been tipped off to attempts at sabotage. The tickets originally were to be offered through the campus box office, from which they were going to be made available to the general public last Saturday. But in a change of tactic, the university will not be the ticket distributor after all. Now Spencer’s group will control who gets in and who doesn't, passing tickets out themselves, as a way of verifying they get into the hands of only those who really want to attend the event. 

Authorities are also putting contingencies in place. The governor’s order allows for synchronization of various law enforcement agencies. He is also activating the National Guard to be ready as an emergency option. In response to these moves, Spencer exhibited a decided tone-deafness. During a phone interview, referring to the show of force, the Nationalist described Scott's preparations as “most likely overkill”.

When confronted with Spencer’s ticket dodge, the folks at Alligator Brewing were undeterred. “It has been brought to our attention that tickets are not currently available. We continue to stand by our pledge, and will support our community of unity, peace, and strength. #lesshatemorebeer"

Spencer's appearance stirs still-raw emotions after the summer tragedy in Charlottesville, Va. On Aug. 13, one person was killed and 19 were hurt when a speeding car slammed into a throng of counterprotesters during a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups carrying hate slogans.

Brad Slager is a Fort Lauderdale freelance writer who wrote this story exclusively for Sunshine State News. He writes on politics and the entertainment industry and his stories appear in such publications as RedState and The Federalist.


What is being done to prevent the other Hateful Harrues: the Antifa from starting something?

Old and outdated news. Tickets are only available at the event; known for days, Try and keep up to date, SSN.

If you actually read the article you commented on, you'd have seen that was reported on as well.

Heck, I never heard of the guy. But now, after all the media hoopla, am thinking bout taking a ride down there this afternoon. Man sounds like he might have some good ideas.

The article claims that pro-historic monument protestors were "carrying hate slogans" and gives the slogan "Unite the Right" as their example. Not much hate in "Unite the Right" as far as I can see. Meanwhile, in Chicago, BLM thugs block the traffic in the streets, burn cars, loot, steal, pillage and kill while carrying their SLOGANS which call for the death of police officers. This of course is reported by the MSM and this web page as 'free speech'. The communists (read liberals) in this country need to be purged and Richard Spencer is calling attention to this. Brave guy.

Let me see what you are saying............."Free speech" is okay for some Overpaid malcontents Racists who are disguised as Football players, but not for some guy who just wants to talk at a College?..... No surprise kneeling, No "Black Power" closed Fist sign, which reflects the "Kill-White-People" words of the black Panthers, No protesting at the work place..........No misrepresenting to the People, when they are asked to "Rise for the singing of the National Anthem", and instead of Rising some Haters, on the Field, in uniforms get on Bended Knee.....and Disrespect our Veterans. NOTHING like the FILTH that the NFL is allowing............Nothing but Free speech.............And (1) one person is getting so much more attention,...even an Emergency Order???? ...If you feel this (1) guy is Racist,...and...If you don't want to listen...don't go, unlike the People at the Stadiums who didn't go for a Protest,....BUT....for a Football game......Does anyone Smell the Hypocrisy here???

Yup,.. I CAN smell the hypocrisy!!!

I say don't give the idiot an audience. Let his people show up. No protests, no problems. Just ignore them and they have no audience, media coverage, or power. Just a group of idiots preaching hate by themselves... I like the free beer idea. What better way to avoid hate, than with a cold one...classic.

If the jackass idiots had not shown up in Charlottesville to protest someone speaking, the girl would not have been killed. Because she would not have been there. You don't want to hear someone speak, why don' you just ignore them? So now UF, formerly a great and sane university has lost it's mind and is spending $500K for security. They are not worried about the people that might show up to hear the guy talk, they are worried about the jackass idiots that may get violent because he is there. Don't agree don't go. The problem is the left. This guy is SO far right that I doubt he will attract much attention. But the wacko violent left will probably riot and make MSNBC. The National Socialist Nitwit Broadcasting Network.

Well said!!!

I like the Brewery approach. Problem is if something does erupt the alcohol could fuel the fire. As for Gainesville and UF being a place for ideas to be expressed and open debate to occur as you would expect in a college town....They are very disappointing. So are the students and teachers. We as a society have failed on many fronts.

We have ESPECIALLY failed in funding these so called "founts of learning"; what a waste of money! "Free beer" may well have been an 'affect' all along at these university demonstration, rather than an unlikely 'cause'

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