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Video: White nationalist Richard Spencer punched at protest

Richard Spencer, a self-described white nationalist and leader of the “alt-right” movement, walked into the protests in downtown D.C. on Friday and was punched in the face by one of the demonstrators after denying that he was a Nazi.

Spencer seemed only a bit fazed, although he later called it “a really terrible thing”:

Spencer was in D.C. in November for a white nationalist gathering, when he was caught on video shouting “Hail Trump!” to a crowd that responded with Nazi salutes.

Spencer coined the term “alt-right,” a small movement that seeks a whites-only state but tries to avoid being labeled as racist or white supremacist.

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In this Jan. 15, 2016, photo, the U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump's swearing-in ceremony in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony this week in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday during an inauguration that’s expected to draw between 700,000 and 900,000 people. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, also expected Friday. Follow our liveblog for updates through this afternoon’s inaugural parade.

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