So here’s where I’m at:
- Richard Spencer is a Nazi pretending to not be a Nazi, advocating for the removal of non-white ethnicity from the United States in an effort to make the United States a staggeringly white nation. His civil rights have allowed for a platform to be throw out his Nazi dogwhistles, and no legal authority has stepped in to prevent his right to speaking his anti-minority speech across the country - nor has it prevented the massive donations he has garnered from rich white dudes that agree with him funding his nation-wide tours allowing for low-cost speaking fees anywhere he goes. He relatively unknown to most people, having received national coverage two or three times ever.
- Christine Fair is an idiot who has been covered in the media for her defense of extra-judicial assassinations using drones. She saw Spencer visiting a gym and confronted him, using her civil rights to chastise him for his beliefs. Since he is rather well known for using aliases in his private life to avoid facing the consequences of his free speech, someone recognizing him and calling him out is actually a useful thing to do - he also claimed to not be Richard Spencer when she first talked to him. All of this is legal, just like idiots ranting at minorities in stores caught on video posted on this site have the civil right to yell at someone.
- The gym is a local franchise, and banned Spencer. As far as I can tell the gym never gave a statement, so we don’t know if the gym is owned by a Muslim (who Spencer publicly attacks), someone Hispanic (who Spencer publicly attacks), a woman (who Spencer publicly attacks), or if it’s a rich white conservative who banned him for falsifying his membership documentation. Even assuming they banned Spencer for being Spencer, it’s not a violation of his civil rights in spirit or otherwise. When someone uses a platform to espouse a political ideology - especially one that targets specific groups - those groups have the civil right to say they don’t want the baggage he carries with them in their club. He’s not being targeted for his religion, race, or orientation or anything else that isn’t mutable - he’s has made himself a target because he runs a national campaign to attack the civil rights of others.
What’s worse is that Spencer initially came out on social media saying that the gym was on his side, and the author is using his (both biased and generally inaccurate) reporting of the events to prove that Spencer was a model gym member. Spencer’s membership was terminated as a direct result from the confrontation with no explanation given, the letter was posted online: