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Gators coach Jim McElwain calls white nationalists 'unacceptable' as Richard Spencer applies to speak at UF

Gators head coach Jim McElwain

Monica Herndon | Times

Gators head coach Jim McElwain

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August

Asked about the possibility of white nationalist activist Richard Spencer speaking at the University of Florida next month, here's what Gators football head coach Jim McElwain had to say today:

"We’ve been alerted of the possibility. I think first and foremost, any extremist group, I don’t care – nationalist, whatever they’re called – is unacceptable. It’s just not what we believe in here.

"And yet I also understand freedom of speech. That’s what really our country was kind of founded on, right? I think you guys live by that, am I right? There’s something in there, right, that you guys kind of abide to all the time. Isn’t that true?

"We obviously do not in any way believe in any of their views. And I think our team understands that. I think when you go back to some of the great leaders of our country, peace is really the greatest thing you can do.

So to react to it or to overreact to it, no. What makes extremists nervous is when they can’t get to you, because you’re true to your beliefs. You know what? It’s a bad deal."

Via Times college football reporter Matt Baker.

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