Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie has commented on the incident on Tumblr.
Tumblr user patchesthegreat asked Furie, “How do you feel knowing Richard Spencer got decked mid-sentence describing Pepe?” Furie responded as such:
Spencer had gone on record about the cartoon before, saying that he feels Pepe has come to represent the current mood of the alt-right. Furie, however, feels the opposite.
In October of last year, Furie had teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League in an attempt to return Pepe to his former glory as a simple, “chill” frog. The effort launched #SavePepe across social media platforms, so as to overshadow Pepe’s more profane alter egos.
Despite the punch during his Pepe talk, Spencer still has a frog emoji in his Twitter name. So, it’s probably worthwhile to say this again: #SavePepe.