The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which gathered together various neo-Nazi, alt-right, and white supremecist groups to demonstrate against the deconstruction of Confederate monuments and culminated in a domestic terrorist attack on protestors, has horrifed the nation. Now, video has surfaced of Jason Kessler, the organizer of the rally, getting run out of his own press conference.
“Today I just want to come before you, and I want to tell you the story of what really happened before this narrative is allowed to continue spinning out of control,” Kessler started after crowds chanted "Shame!" and accused him of murder. “The hate that you hear around you? That is the anti-white hate that fueled what happened yesterday. What happened yesterday was the result of Charlottesville police officers refusing to do their job.”
“I disavow anything that led to folks getting hurt,” Kessler continued. “It is a sad day in our constitutional democracy when we are not able to have civil liberties like the First Amendment. That’s what leads to rational discussion and ideas breaking down and people resorting to violence.”
Crowds clearly did not accept Kessler's denunciation and continued to shout him down. Eventually, onlookers stormed the podium.
Kessler was ultimately protected by police, who brought him to their station until crowds dissipated and he could get to his car.
After the situation died down, Kessler continued to claim no responsibility for the death that had occurred during the rally, instead blaming the killing on the “denial of First Amendment rights” to the Nazi groups he associates with.
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