It is being reported that the organizer for last Saturday’s Neo-Nazi, white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, VA, is rumored to be a former Occupy Wall Street activist and President Obama supporter.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) revealed that Jason Kessler, the organizer, had the connections. SPLC is a partisan, left-wing organization that targets hate groups… sometimes labeling legitimate organizations as extremists.
For the SPLC to uncover Kessler’s left of center roots is a very big deal.
The SPLC notes: Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support 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.
The report goes on to say that Kessler’s right-wing views only became public in November 2016, though he himself says his change from left-wing extremist to right-wing extremist began in 2013, when a PR executive made a racial joke about Aids on her way to Africa, and found when she landed that she had lost her job in the ensuing backlash.
In related news, reports emerged Monday that James Alex Fields, Jr., the 20-year-old who plowed his car into a left-wing counter-demonstration in Charlottesville, killing one and injuring several others, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia as a boy and had been given antipsychotic drugs. It is not clear if he is still taking them.
Occupy Wall Street was a radical left-wing movement that began in 2011 in Manhattan and spread throughout the globe. It was committed to the destruction of the capitalist system, and included violent and extremist elements that waged confrontations with police in the fall and winter of 2011-2. President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Media Matters for America, and other Democrats nevertheless embraced the Occupy movement.
One person has died due to the events that occurred this past weekend, 19 others injured. Should Kessler be held responsible for these violent acts?
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