Wearing crisp blue jeans, a white button-down shirt with rolled cuffs and a tan vest, the man who coined the term “alt-right” seemed to revel in the attention he was getting while, across the street, in the university’s football stadium, hundreds of Aggies were gathered in a show of unity.
The university’s president, Michael K. Young, said last week that while he found Mr. Spencer’s views “abhorrent,” and that no one from the university had invited him, A&M had to allow him to speak because of the university’s commitment to free speech.
Mr. Spencer was invited to speak at A&M by Preston Wiginton, a white supremacist who briefly attended the university a decade ago.
Mr. Young said he decided to organize an alternative, competing event at Kyle Field, billed as “Aggies United,” to show the university’s opposition to such divisive rhetoric, which he said has “no place in civilized dialogue and conversation.”
It would appear they gigged ’em.