White nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at Univ. of Florida

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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&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 […]

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The University of Florida says it has confirmed Oct. 19 for a speaking event featuring white nationalist Richard Spencer.

UF released a statement Thursday making the previously tentative date official.

The school is charging the allowable costs of $10,564 for rent and security.RELATED: Tampa Bay area lawmakers against possible white nationalist leader’s visit to UF

The university has repeatedly stated that it will not be affiliated with the event in any way, but as a public institution, UF is legally obligated to allow the expression of many viewpoints by external groups, such as Spencer’s National Policy Institute.

UF previously denied the group’s request to hold an event on Sept. 12, citing recent violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

UF President W. Kent Fuchs said at the time that the First Amendment doesn’t require risking imminent violence to students.STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON-

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