On Thursday, a white nationalist who claims to be the leader of the alt-right movement is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida. His speech comes despite concerns that protests could turn violent. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in advance of the planned speech by Richard Spencer, a move that frees up local law enforcement to work more easily with state agencies. He also activated the National Guard to assist as needed. In addition to state resources activated for the University of Florida event, police have banned masks and water bottles at the site of the venue. Spencer is a 39-year-old white nationalist credited with coining the term “alt-right.” Spencer vowed to go through with the event and said if any violence were to occur, it would be instigated by members of the anti-fascist movement that has surged in response to the alt-right.