Jason Kessler's grandstanding at the Charlottesville City Circus...
|"Groundbreaking Journalist" Jason Kessler. (Image courtesy of the Charlottesville City Council)|
Tonights Charlottesville City Council meeting was quite the circus. "Groundbreaking journalist" Jason Kessler stormed the podium, arms outstretched, as if he had just won a marathon. Kessler tore into his prepared propaganda speech, after being told multiple times to turn off Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 'I Won't Back Down', which was blaring from a cellphone as he entered the gallery. Thankfully, there were a host of rational speakers to balance out Kessler's pompous, and pathetic theatrical production.
Coincidentally, Kessler had the tables tuned on him today, as Chris Suarez of the Daily Progress published a new report which took a look at Kessler, his Alt-Right motivations, and fittingly, his tweets. Via the Daily Progress:
"In two interviews over the weekend, Kessler said he condemns racism and is not a white supremacist, reiterating that he supports “equality.”
On Nov. 24, the day that Kessler published the blog post about Bellamy, Kessler tweeted a photo of a drawing he said he made on the Freedom of Speech Chalkboard on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. The drawing of a cartoon frog, which recently has become an icon of the “alt-right,” included a message: “Hello /pol/.”
That tweet and others from Kessler have raised questions about his support of the “alt-right,” a right-wing populist movement rejecting mainstream conservatism that many view as being based in white nationalism.
In recent weeks, the movement has gained national attention with some political pundits and organizations labeling it as a base of Trump supporters."
"Last month, the movement made headlines after Richard Spencer, the alleged creator of the term “alt-right,” celebrated Trump’s recent win in a speech at a National Policy Institute conference, eliciting several people in the crowd to respond with a seemingly fascist Nazi salute after Spencer shouted “Hail, Trump! Hail, our people! Hail, victory!”
According to its website, the National Policy Institute is “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.”
In recent media interviews, Spencer has said those salutes were done in “exuberance.” Kessler wrote on his Twitter last month that the salutes seemed to be consistent with “/pol/ humor.”"
|Richard Bertrand Spencer. (Image courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center)|
"In a phone interview Sunday, Kessler said he was bothered by that display last month, but otherwise agreed with much of what Spencer said in his speech.
Kessler said Spencer, a UVa graduate and president of the National Policy Institute, is not the face of the movement. Kessler said he thinks “alt-right” is a blanket term to describe a wide variety of beliefs along the spectrum of the political right.
“The alt-right got Shanghaied,” Kessler said, alleging that most people had not been aware of the term until Spencer’s recent speech, which he believes has led many to believe wrongly that the alt-right is synonymous with neo-Nazism.
“That’s a fringe group within a fringe group,” he said about those within the movement who do believe it should promote white supremacist ideals. Ultimately, he said, “this is a movement of people with legitimate grievances.”"
Given Kessler's beliefs, it's unsurprising to find him friended up with certain familiar faces.
|(Image courtesy of Facebook)|
Restoring the honor!