Death threats have caused Jason Kessler, the organizer of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., to go underground.
The last time Kessler appeared publicly was when he held a press conference last Sunday, the day after one woman was killed and dozens more injured in violent clashes between his group and Black Lives Matter and Antifa counter-protesters. However, the conference didn’t go so well.
Protesters chased Kessler from his press conference, attacking him physically before he could even utter a word.
The nationalist blogger says that his group is not a collection of white supremacists, but rather a “civil rights group.” A graduate of the University of Virginia, Kessler said he voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and once attended an Occupy Wall Street rally in Charlottesville.
What he objects to are the identity politics of today. “Some are the discriminatory policies of affirmative action, college admissions, history books being rewritten, blaming American whites for slavery,” when it was a worldwide institution, he said, pointing out that “every culture had slavery.”
He also blamed the “existential crisis of immigration, mass immigration from third world countries.”
Kessler further stated that he has never met James Alex Fields Jr., the suspected driver in the deadly crash that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
According to a Fox News report, prior to last Saturday’s rally, he prepared for the event by meeting with Charlottesville police several times and was even assigned a police liaison. He says the liaison went over the city’s safety plan with him, and let him see it but would not let him photograph it. He said that the captain “let slip” that in preparation for the rally, the city and police “did not use government servers because they did not want to get FOIA’d” — referring to avoidance of a Freedom of Information Act request.
“I’ve done nothing wrong,” Kessler said, noting that he has received no calls and no visits from police or federal investigators since the rally.
“Unite the Right’s” funding came from “donations to our PayPal account before it was shut down,” revealed Kessler, adding that the organization is currently self-funded by its members “because most of us have or used to have jobs, before this.”
He further revealed that police had given the nationalists a specific entry way to the park, but that as they arrived at the park at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, the road to that entrance was blocked by police. The caravan of shuttle buses that the nationalists had rented had to detour to the opposite side of the park, where most of the Antifa demonstrators were positioned. And that was when the real trouble began.
According to Kessler, his group was forced to pass through Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other opponents at close range.
The body armor, clubs and helmets his people wore during the rally were strictly defensive, “for our own safety,” he said.
Avowed white supremacist Christopher Cantwell, who was featured giving an interview in a documentary by VICE News about the tragic Virginia rally, is also currently in hiding after hearing there might be a warrant out for his arrest by the Charlottesville Police Department.
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