Less than a week after white supremacistJames Alex Fieldsdrove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, VA, leaving one dead and 19 injured, leaked chat logs from several weeks before the event reveal protesters joking about mowing down counter-protesters blocking their path.
Of note, several conservative groups around the country who are not affiliated with white supremacy or Neo-Nazi movements, such as The Three Percenters, have severed all ties with the protests in the aftermath of last weekend’s deadly events.
“While we support and defend everyone’s right to free speech, we will not align ourselves with any type of racist group.”
In screenshots from a ‘Discord’ chat room moderated by former liberal Obama activist turned white supremacist event organizer Jason Kessler (username ‘MadDimension’), attendees can be seen discussing transportation in case things turned violent. While one member’s suggestion to useUberwas shot down, another participant suggested coordinating with Enterpriserent-a-car in case of a ‘worse case scenario.’
In a subsequent comment, user AltCelt(IL) posted a picture of a two buses being mobbed by protesters, typing ‘this will be us’ below.
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In response, an event organizer named ‘Tyrone’ – who worked closely with Kessler, advised the group that it would belegalto mow down protesters under certain circumstances:
‘I know NC law is on the books thatdriving over protesters blocking roadways isn’t an offense. This is crossover for this channel and VA law.Sure would be nice,‘ along with a meme of a John Deere ‘Multi-Lane Protester Digestor.’ –‘Tyrone’
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It is unknown whether or not 20 year old James Alex Fields, the white supremacist arrested after his 2010 Dodge Challenger plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters, was in the Discord chat room at the time – however members of the group “Vanguard America,” which Fields belonged to, participated in Kessler’s server.
What we do know is the same ‘Tyrone’ who made the vehicle-ramming comments also made several posts telling members that attending the event ‘in general’ would be risky.
Kessler organized the event with military precision
To preface, perhaps this 2015 blog entry of Kessler’s in which he proclaims “I can’t think of any occupation that I admire more than the professional provocateur” can shed some light on how a hyper-liberalOccupy activistdid an ideological flip and wound up leading a group of white supremacists in a protest that has since polarized the nation:
And in addition to applying for a license to hold the protest in Emancipation Park andsuccessfully utilizing the ACLU to sue the city when it was rejected, Kessler issued instructions to the group regarding the tiki torch ceremony and other matters.
Kessler was concerned about optics…
When one participant in the discord chat asked another protest participant if he was in ‘Vanguard’ and if Vanguard was in the ‘National Socialist Front’ (Also known as the National Socialist Movement, or NSM), the other user replied ‘Yup,’ adding ‘Nsm isnot the optic Kessler wantedtho.’
Although I guess he didn’t mind the optics in Maywhen he was hanging out with white supremacist Richard Spencer at Jackson Park:
Some have questioned whether or not the May demonstration was a ‘dry run’ for last weekend’s ill-fated rally. Note Kessler’s long pause at the :15 second mark when asked.
Kessleralso didn’t mind the opticsof the haircut he got to match his new friends attending the ‘Unite the Right’ protest he organized.
The group also discussed using burner phones and cash to avoid doxxing
‘Unite the Right’ attendees were also weary of was VA felonymask laws– something the police did not enforce when it came to masked Antifa, as well as whether or not they’d be turned away if the woreshirts with swastikasinstead of the polo / khaki ‘uniform’ most of the group can be seen wearing.
Back to Kessler – it appears he’s taken himself out of the equation…
Right before deleting his Twitter account, Kessler made a wildly inappropriate tweet about Heather Heyer – the counter-protester killed in Charlottesville:
This allowed Richard Spencer to cauterize the compromised Kessler from the tiny movement I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of.
After his offensive tweet, Kessler stated “I repudiate the heinous tweet that was sent from my account last night. I’ve been under a crushing amount of stress & death threats,” adding “I’m taking ambien, Xanax and I had been drinking last night.I sometimes wake up having done strange things I can’t remember.”