According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the alt-right organizer of the Charlottesville rally Jason Kessler has been an activist in the Occupy movement and a past supporter for President Obama.
“At one recent speech in favor of Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city, Kessler live-streamed himself as an attendee questioned him and apologized for an undisclosed spat during Kessler’s apparent involvement with Occupy. Kessler appeared visibly perturbed by the woman’s presence and reminders of their past association.”
Kessler’s apparent “red-pilling”, changing to a rightward shift in his views miraculously happened in just November, 2016.
“Relying on familiar tropes of ‘white genocide’ and ‘demographic displacement,’ Kessler has sought to parlay his status as a lonely dissenter in the “Capital of the Resistance” into notoriety on the larger far right circuit by organizing the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.”
The mercenary nature of Kessler’s involvement, combined with Governor McAulliffe’s stand down order poses more questions than answers. The way the Boston Police handled a crowd of over 40,000 the following weekend makes the Governor’s explanations that much more questionable.
Opinion: The fabricated protests around 130-year-old Confederate memorials is beginning to smell of an agenda, one that the band the Pixies might describe as “ten million pounds of sludge from New York and New Jersey”. In Norfolk, at the city council meeting that decided the fate of “Johnny Reb”, there were very few Virginia accents in the room.
This firestorm, so close to November elections raises a few eyebrows. Mr. Northam may assume, probably accurately, that the Eastern Shore is dyed in the wool and he can throw a large swath of the culture under the bus in order to secure the liberal Northern Virginia vote. It may, however, also be a signal to the electorate that it is time to be more critical about who we feel would best represent the interest of the region.