Jason Kessler, far-right activist who organized the Charlottesville, Va., “Unite the Right” rally has been yanked from twitter after he posted “Heather Heyer was a f**, disgusting Communist,” adding “Communists have killed 94 million. Looks like it was payback time.” and then linked the post to a story on that website (name deliberately omitted) that also insulted Heather Heyer in crude terms and appeared to take glee and gloat in her death.
Recall that 32 year old civil rights activist, Heather Heyer was killed when a far-rightrally attendee, James A. Fields, ploughed his sports car into a crowd of counter protesters at the event Aug. 12, which drew white nationalists, and other far-right figures from around the nation. The rally was organized to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General. Robert E. Lee from a Charlottesville,Virginia park.
Response in the white nationalist community to Jason Kessler,s tweet was mixed, with several distancing themselves from Kessler, others applauding his tweet, and still others floating various conspiracy theories.
Denunciations from some far-right rally attendees, who quickly distanced themselves from him, accelerated a spiral of recriminations that have been brewing among far-right leaders over who was to blame for the chaos behind last weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally.
In the aftermath of the denunciations, Jason Kessler’s posts were switched to “private” mode before his account was deleted entirely on Saturday.
Meanwhile as Charlottesville celebrated the life of Heather Heyer, a passionate, righteous young woman mowed down in her prime by hate and bigotry her mother, Susan Bro has said she has received death threats. Susan Bro has been vocal in her opposition to racism since her daughter’s death.
“They tried to kill my child to shut her up,” Ms Susan Bro told a crowd gathered at her daughter’s memorial service. “Well guess what? You just magnified her.”
Susan Bro blamed US President Donald Trump’s campaign for increased activity of the far-right, saying he had “nurtured” a group of previously marginalized voices. President Donald Trump sparked national outrage and has been fiercely criticized, after he condemned violence on “many sides” and appeared to be making excuses for the far-right.
“Whether there was violence on both sides or not is irrelevant,” Ms Bro said. “The guy mowed my daughter down and, sorry, that’s not excusable.”
James A. Fields has been charged with the murder of Heather Heyer.