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White nationalist Richard Spencer considering running for Congress

Richard Spencer in Washington, November 18, 2016.
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Richard Spencer in Washington, November 18, 2016.

White nationalist Richard Spencer is considering running for Congress, the Huffington Post reported Friday.

Spencer, who received national attention for yelling "Hail Trump" during a postelection conference last month in Washington — is looking at campaigning for Montana's only congressional seat, which will be vacant if the Senate confirms Rep. Ryan Zinke as Donald Trump's Interior secretary.

Spencer, who has never held public office, told the Post he is "only thinking about it." He said "a lot of people" were urging him to do it, and that he is taking "an exciting prospect" seriously. He spends some of his time in Whitefish, Montana, according to the publication.

Spencer is head of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist "research and educational" group. The Anti-Defamation League, which monitors hate groups, says Spencer coined the term "alt-right" in an effort to rebrand white nationalism.

"If I did this, it would not be some eccentric campaign that no one talks about and is a footnote to history," he said. "It would become a major conversation around the country ... just because of my profile in the alt-right. Again, I would only do it to win it," he told the Post.

Read the full Huffington Post report here.