Rubio: Boycott white nationalist at UF

He didn’t use the word “boycott,” but U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio took to Twitter to urge folks to skip white nationalist leader Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida next week.

In a pair of tweets this morning, UF alum Rubio (@marcorubio) advised people not to give Spencer the attention he “craves:”

“Richard Spencer craves publicity.Desperate to incite outrage b/c terrified of @UF speech no one shows up for. #Sayfie #GatorNation 1/2

#GatorNation not asking u to ignore his racist message.I am suggesting you embarrass him by denying him the attention he craves #Sayfie 2/2

Spencer is scheduled to appear on campus on Oct. 19.

UF President Kent Fuchs initially balked at allowing the controversial leader of the National Policy Center to come to the university, but relented after the threat of a lawsuit.

Yesterday, Fuchs also advised students and faculty to stay away.

“(Do) not provide Mr. Spencer and his followers the spotlight they are seeking. They are intending to attract crowds and provoke a reaction in order to draw the media,” Fuchs wrote in an email. “By shunning him and his followers we will block his attempt for further visibility.”