On 12 August 2017, Nazis and white nationalists held a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. Donald Trump refused to condemn these protesters, even after a counter-protester was murdered by a white nationalist, and he went further by asserting that there were “very fine people” among those far right protesters.
The New York Times has collected the words and ideals of the “very fine people” representing Nazism and white nationalism at the 12 August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA.
Here’s what some of those very fine people have to say about their ideals and motives:
- The main organizer of the rally, Jason Kessler of Virginia: “Our entire country would be better off if the South had won the Civil War.”
- Former KKK leader David Duke of Louisiana: “This is only the beginning, believe me – Whitey is done being pushed around by Marxist/Anarchist/Leftist anti-White scum, time for pushback!”
- League of the South President Michael Hill of Alabama said: “There is a war against you, white men and white women, on the streets of our cities.” He sounds a lot like the fuhrer of the Illinois Nazis in the original Blues Brothers movie – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulCw7RJ5eE8. He’s just as ridiculous as those Illinois Nazis but a lot more dangerous.
- National Socialist Movement leader Jeff Schoep of Michigan said: “We are the front line of the fight for the white race. We are the shock troops for the white race.”
These are the same very fine people who, with help from Russia and the GOP, got Trump elected. With the election of a racist President with fascist leanings and his far right administration, they have the confidence to take off their hoods and protest openly, knowing the administration has their back.