Richard Spencer Biography, Wiki
Richard Spencer is an American neo-Nazi and white supremacist. He is president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank, as well as Washington Summit Publishers.
Richard Spencer Age
He is 41 years old as of 2019.
Richard Spencer Early Life and Education
Spencer, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, is the son of ophthalmologist Rand Spencer and Sherry Spencer whose family had cotton farms in Louisiana. He grew up in Preston Hollow, Dallas, Texas.
He did not want to follow an unlawful order: Pentagon fires Navy Secretary Richard Spencer after Navy SEAL controversy https://t.co/hzDPKvrver
— Frank Figliuzzi (@FrankFigliuzzi1) November 25, 2019
In 1997, he graduated from St. Mark’s School of Texas. After graduation, Spencer attended one year of school at Colgate University before transferring to the University of Virginia. In 2001, Spencer received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Music from the University of Virginia and, in 2003, a Master of Arts in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. He spent the summer of 2005 and 2006 at the Vienna International Summer University. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Ph.D. student at Duke University studying modern European intellectual history, where he was also a member of the Duke Conservative Union.
Richard Spencer Personal Life
Spencer married Nina Kouprianova in 2010, with whom he has two children. Prior to this, Spencer’s dating history included Asian women, which he has said predates his white nationalism, though this evaluation is disputed. In October 2016; in April 2017, Spencer divorced his wife.
In October 2018, Nina Kouprianova, Spencer’s wife, accused him of divorce documents of various forms of abuse such as emotional abuse, financial abuse, and violent physical abuse, including when Kouprianova was 9 months pregnant.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer Sunday over his handling of the case of a Navy SEAL who posed for a photo next to an Islamic State terrorist’s corpse in Iraq, and the SEAL will be able to keep his Trident pin, a Pentagon spokesman claimed Sunday.
“Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has asked for the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House involving the handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher”, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman claimed in a statement Sunday.
SCOOP: Defense Secretary Mark Esper just asked for Navy Secretary Richard Spencer’s resignation, Pentagon says.
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) November 24, 2019
Controversy continued to swirl around whether or not the Navy would strip Gallagher of his Trident pin, expelling him from the prestigious SEALs after he was demoted from chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer following his conviction in July. President Trump this month restored Gallagher’s rank and ordered that the Navy halt its internal review of Gallagher’s actions from 2017 that resulted in a high-profile war crimes case, for which he was found not guilty of the murder of an Islamic State fighter in Iraq.
Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley spoke to Trump on Friday with the intention of persuading the president to allow the Trident review board to go forward with its inquiry. Instead, Esper learned that Spencer previously and privately proposed to the White House, contrary to Spencer’s public position, to restore Gallagher’s rank and let him retire with his Trident pin, the Pentagon said. When Esper recently asked, Spencer, confirmed that he’d never informed the defense secretary about his private proposal.
Spencer asked Trump to let the Navy review board go forward, promising that the board would allow Gallagher to keep his Trident and rank, effectively alluding to his willingness to fix the results of the board usually comprised of the defendant’s peers, a senior American official told Fox News. Trump rejected the offer and said, “no, we’re done”, causing the president to write a bunch of tweets doubling down on his efforts to halt the review, the official added.
Richard Spencer Resignation
Richard Spencer Replacement
Esper suggested that Trump appoint Kenneth Braithwaite, the current U.S. ambassador to Norway and a retired Navy rear admiral, to replace Spencer, the Pentagon said. The president later tweeted Sunday evening that he would nominate Braithwaite for the position.
Multiple Navy officials told Fox News that Spencer had claimed to resign if the military branch was not allowed to go through with the administrative review board on the Gallagher matter. Spencer, speaking at an international security forum in Canada on Saturday, denied that claim and said that he did not consider a tweet by Trump order and would need a formal order to stop the Navy review board, scheduled to begin Dec. 2.
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) November 25, 2019
Gallagher filed a complaint with the inspector general accusing Rear Adm. Collin Green, the Naval Special Warfare commander, of insubordination for defying Trump’s actions.
After Spencer’s resignation and confirmation that he could keep his Trident pin and rank, Gallagher praised Trump in a statement to Fox News’ Pete Hegseth.
Facts You Need To Know
- The Navy on Wednesday had notified Gallagher that he will face the review board to determine if he should remain on the elite force
- Gallagher’s lawyers have accused the Navy of trying to remove the SEAL designation in retaliation for Trump’s decision to restore his rank
- Green also notified three SEAL officers who oversaw Gallagher during the deployment — Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch, Lt. Jacob Portier and Lt. Thomas MacNeil — that they are also being reviewed, according to U.S. officials. Removing their Trident pins means they will no longer be SEALs but could remain in the Navy