GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA — In an attempt to empty the seats at white nationalist Richard Spencer’s event Thursday at the University of Florida, the Alligator Brewing Co. wants to offer you free beer...in exchange for your unused tickets.
According to the brewery's Instagram account, they cannot 'ask you to protest or boycott,' but for every two tickets that you present at Tall Paul's/Alligator Brewing, you'll get a free pint of beer!
“This is our town. Shut. Him. Down. Gainesville will always be about love, not hate,” reads the Instagram post.
On Wednesday, Spencer's campaign organizer, Cameron Padgett, posted a series of live Twitter videos claiming the bar kicked him out and called him a "Neo-Nazi fascist" when he tried to exchange his tickets for beer.
“I’m here at Tall Paul’s bar and they’re not wanting to honor my tickets right now,” said Padgett in one video. “They’re discriminating against me, breach of contract.”
I was discriminated against at Tall Paul's bar in Florida. They said 2 beers for one ticket to the @RichardBSpencer event. Not for me.
— Cameron Padgett (@CameronVPadgett)
He admits he wasn't really going to trade the tickets and that he just wanted to see what the bar would say.
In a Facebook post, Alligator Brewing denies calling Padgett any names and says they were unable to verify that the tickets were valid since they hadn't been publicly released. (Padgett says in a Twitter video 'pinned' by Spencer that general public tickets wouldn't be available to pick up until Thursday. )
“After entering, he began live tweeting video and his friendly demeanor changed from naive and friendly to aggressive and concerning. We asked him to leave, at which point he began fabricating false slurs we had used (we were still unaware of who he was and what he was doing but would insult him??) and continued to film to create a false narrative.”
The brewery is cautioning the city of Gainesville to be safe during the Spencer event because “a non-violent approach may still be met with aggressiveness.”