Reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan, racist ‘Alt-right’ Trump supporters carried torches and marched late Friday through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville – an action which appalled the city, but apparently not the police who allowed this to continue.
The fascist group chanted “blood and soil,” and “One people, one nation, end immigration” then “You will not replace us” as the protesters rallied around a statue of Thomas Jefferson.
Some of these tough guys wore Mom jeans and Polo shirts during the ‘Unite the Right’ event as they marched through the streets late at night with torches in hand.
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) August 12, 2017
The Southern Poverty Law Center described the spectacle as “the largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.”
— James Marshall (@JamesCITE) August 12, 2017
Outraged city and UVA officials condemned Friday’s gathering.
“In my 47 years of association with @UVA, this was the most nauseating thing I’ve ever seen. We need an exorcism on the Lawn,” Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics tweeted.
I watched every minute. Sickened by their torchlight parade up the Lawn. Outraged by their behavior at the Rotunda. Beyond disgraceful. https://t.co/l2yWMyCjYo
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) August 12, 2017
In my 47 years of association with @UVA, this was the most nauseating thing I’ve ever seen. We need an exorcism on the Lawn.
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) August 12, 2017
A statement was released by Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer who referred to Friday’s rally as a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights,” according to CNN.
“Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus,” he added.
University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan said law enforcement is investigating the “intolerable” violence displayed on the campus and hopes that those responsible are held accountable.
“I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including University personnel who were attempting to maintain order,” she said in a statement. “Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, and it is my hope that any individuals responsible for criminal acts are held accountable.”
“Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, and it is my hope that any individuals responsible for criminal acts are held accountable.”
But, I watched the entire event live stream and it doesn’t look like the police will hold anyone accountable. Maybe if the fascist Trump supporting racists held a bag of skittles, the cops would have put an end to it.
Friday’s rally took place shortly after a federal judge granted a temporary injunction allowing alt-right activists to hold Saturday’s “Unite the Right” event in Emancipation Park around the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The group chanted ‘White Lives Matter!’
Now gathering around statue of Thomas Jefferson. Chanting ‘white lives matter!’ pic.twitter.com/16cruXn5d8
— Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) August 12, 2017
Watch courtesy of Renegade Media:
The group claims that they are “not white supremacists” and said that they are embracing their “culture.” We beg to differ. They besieged the town with KKK torches in their hands in order to terrify and intimidate a city, all in the hopes of garnering attention for their movement. This movement helped to elect Donald Trump, using Pepe the Frog memes on social media to feign that white people have been forgotten and that there’s a concerted effort to eradicate the white population – or something. The protests were sparked by plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, a man who before he died said to put the Confederate flag away. Upon his death, Lee’s family refused to bury him in his Confederate uniform. We’re adding that because facts still matter.
The Unite the Right event is what you call ‘bad optics’ which Donald Trump needs to strongly condemn.
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