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Video, Photos: White Supremacist/Neo-Nazi Rally in Charlottesville

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Blue Virginia was having some technical difficulties earlier today, so I was putting these posts in the comments section. I decided to group them all together in a single blog post. Enjoy? OK, yeah, maybe not…ugh.

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Tom Perriello nails it as usual:

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Great tweet by courageous badass Tom Perriello, who has been absolutely NAILING it today in content, tone, etc.

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Video: Cville “Alt Right” Marchers Chant “Heil Trump”

Video: David Duke in Cville Vows to “Fulfill the Promises” of Donald Trump, “take our country back”

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Latest updates from Tom Perriello:

@tomperriello 17m17 minutes ago Pepper sprayed twice and spit on twice by Nazis as they marched passed me. #ClassAct

@tomperriello 1h1 hour ago To be clear, these are NOT national guard but racist private militias posing as state actors to protect nazis and provoke.

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@tomperriello 2h2 hours ago These guys should know these pictures are going to last forever. Promise they will not age well

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“Militia” protecting the Nazis, many dressed in U.S. military fatigues, even with “USMC” patches, carrying semi-auto weapons, often antagonizing the protestors.

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Apparent terror attack in Charlottesville

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This is what we’re dealing with

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Statement from DPVA Chairwoman Condemning Planned White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

Richmond, Va. – Today, Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement condemning last night’s violent demonstration and today’s planned rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville:

“Last night’s hateful parade by white supremacists in Charlottesville was a cowardly and bigoted attack on every Virginian. I am horrified and personally disgusted by this racist demonstration against the Charlottesville community and our commonwealth’s cornerstone values of equality and fairness. The hate we saw last night has no place in our country in 2017 — and is a direct assault on everything I know and love about our commonwealth.

“The vile protests planned for this weekend seek to divide us — and provoke us — with their hate. I urge everyone to heed the words of Governor McAuliffe and Lieutenant Governor Northam and deny these racist protests the attention they desperately want — and instead stand together as neighbors, citizens, Virginians and Americans to build a more just and inclusive future for our commonwealth in the weeks and months ahead.”

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Virginia House Dems Condemn White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

RICHMOND, Va. – The House Democratic Caucus condemns the White Nationalist rally to be held today in Charlottesville.

“As the former mayor of this beautiful, inclusive and progressive community, I am saddened that our city may draw thousands who would come here to sow division and hate,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano. “The alt-right agenda has been brought to Charlottesville by people who are neither from our community nor who represent its values. We will strive to ensure the day does not erupt into violence, and we will redouble our efforts to remain civically engaged so that darkness does not obscure our light.”

“The House Democratic Caucus stands in strong support of the City of Charlottesville and of every person who has been marginalized by discrimination and hate – whether through the coded dog whistles of politicians or by overt violence that we pray we won’t see today,” said Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “We thank our law enforcement officers and first responders for putting their lives on the line, today and every day, to keep our communities safe.”

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Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer statement on “Unite the Right” rally:

Statement on the Rally at the University of Virginia

I have seen tonight the images of torches on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. When I think of torches, I want to think of the Statue of Liberty. When I think of candelight, I want to think of prayer vigils. Today, in 2017, we are instead seeing a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights. 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.

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Strong statement from former VA GOP Executive Director Shaun Kenney (but how about current VA GOP Chair John Whitbeck, who so far has been verrrry quiet)

I warned you.

For almost three years, we’ve warned folks that this theme of white supremacy and identitarian politics is what the Alt-Right truly represented.

Three years… and they’ve elected two congressmen in Virginia, backed several state candidates, nearly won a gubernatorial nomination, currently occupy several State Central seats within the Republican Party of Virginia… and *still* I have friends within the political right that do not take these people seriously, who feel they can co-opt them for a temporary victory at the polling booth.

Enough.

For those who saw the threat early (Brian W. Schoeneman et al.), you get it. For those who came late to the game (Steve Albertson et al), you get it as well.

For those who continue to play footsie with these bastards, for those who have no definition of victory other than manufacturing principle then selling it to the lowest form of scumbag at the highest price, for those who are bewildered and astonished that this was the true face of what you courted? Welcome to the reality your moral cowardice has created.

In 1933, the Catholic Center Party knelt to the altar of power in the hopes that it could ride the dragon in an effort to keep the Communists out of power. In the end, the Leviathan ate them last. This Leviathan is small… but mark my words, if we continue to adopt European expectations of our government, we will continue to follow down the path outlined by Carl Schmitt — and no matter which side wins, you will most assuredly lose.

Nativism vs. conservatism, ladies and gentlemen. It’s been three years since I rang the bell in Virginia. How much further does it go? How many more Corey Stewarts will it require to snap out of it and defend your liberty? *Our liberties?*

Choose sides — and do not equivocate when you do.

DRIVE THEM OUT.

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Ed Gillespie finally weighs in, doesn’t mention “white supremacists” or the fact that this is happening in Trump’s America

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White supremacists march in Cville, EW Jackson busy tweeting about…Colin Kaepernick??? If these were Muslims or African Americans marching in Cville, I bet Ewww would be tweeting up a storm.

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    Statement from Justin Fairfax on White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

    Arlington, Va. – Today, Justin Fairfax released the following statement regarding the demonstration last night and today’s white supremacists rally in Charlottesville.

    “I am saddened by the scenes of violence and demonstrations of hatred in one of Virginia’s greatest cities. We cannot allow hate mongers to divide us and make us forget our core beliefs of fairness and inclusion in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The citizens of the city of Charlottesville need our assistance at this time as hate groups continue to use the city to demonstrate their hate.”

    “This moment is also a reminder of the need to tone down political rhetoric and the negativity we often see in our current politics. We must be deliberate and transcend politics to stand united against those who want to divide communities.”

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    Albemarle County Dem Party:

    “How about now, Congressman Tom Garrett? Ready to break radio silence and specifically repudiate these Nazis? “At the feet of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, fights began breaking out and some wielding tiki torches swung them at people. At least one person was arrested, and several people were treated at the scene for minor injuries…”
    You’re big on fighting terrorists… Here’s an opportunity.”

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    VANVALKENBURG DENOUNCES CHARLOTTESVILLE HATE RALLY
    Henrico Public School Teacher Speaks Out Against Radical Unite The Right Demonstration

    Henrico, VA, 8/12/2017 – Public school teacher Schuyler VanValkenburg, the Democratic nominee for House District 72, issued the following statement condemning the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

    ”The “Unite The Right” demonstration goes against everything our Commonwealth stands for. The behavior, bigotry, and violence exhibited by Unite the Right protesters is unacceptable and shameful. These demonstrators go against the values of inclusiveness and equality that Henrico County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States of America hold dear.

    It is the civic responsibility of all elected officials and candidates to denounce this hateful rhetoric and violence. Failure to speak out publicly is an abdication of leadership and moral decency. Silence is nothing more than tacit consent so I am calling on Ed Whitlock and other Republican leaders to speak out against this vicious demonstration of bigotry.”

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    Charlottesville, VA – ER Nurse and HoD Candidate Squire Denounces “Unite the Right” Rally and Supports First Responders and Businesses

    House of Delegates Candidate Kellen Squire (D – Barboursville) releases the following statement:

    “I denounce the Unite the Right event scheduled to take place today in either Emancipation Park. Last night’s events prove that the goal of this rally is not unification, but intimidation. There is no place in our state, city, or region for the hateful rhetoric and actions that these white supremacist or neo-Nazi groups will bring. Groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Nationalist Socialist Party, League of the South, Identity Europa, and others do not represent the people of my district or the United States as a whole.

    In contrast to what will happen today, I have teamed with other Democratic candidates to raise money to provide food and beverages to first responders. Orders have already been placed and police, fire, EMT, and emergency room personnel will be receiving food and beverages on our behalf through local businesses.

    In addition to providing first responders with a meal tomorrow, I ask that you come meet me and folks from my campaign on Sunday at the Charlottesville Downtown Mall to boost the businesses there that have lost revenue from the events the last two months. We will be wearing our Kellen Squire buttons that state People Before Party. In the end, what we have is each other to rely on and say that we will not stand for this in our state!”

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    Gooditis Statement on White Nationalist Rally in Charlottsville

    LEESBURG, VA – Today Wendy Gooditis, candidate for the 10th district of the Virginia House of Delegates, released the following statement about the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia:

    “I strongly condemn the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and any resulting violence. This is not who we are as Virginians. We must stand up for a Virginia that is inclusive and united, and stand against divisible and hateful actions and rhetoric. My deepest thanks goes to the Charlottesville police officers who continue to work hard today and everyday to keep us safe.”

    Bernie Sanders statement on Charlottesville

    “The white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society. I am disgusted by the news, and my thoughts are with those in the Charlottesville community and around the country who have been targeted. While this incident is alarming, it is not surprising. Hate crimes and shows of hostility toward minorities have recently been surging. Now more than ever we must stand together against those who threaten our brothers and sisters.”

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    Unlike Trump and Whitbeck, Rep. Comstock actually calls out these f***s for who/what they are: “The neo-Nazi march and the hate and racism on display in Charlottesville are vile, have no place in Virginia, and are denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike in our great Commonwealth. We thank and pray for our law enforcement who protect our Commonwealth and put themselves in harm’s way to protect our communities.”

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    Sen. Tim Kaine:

    “I’m deeply disturbed that our country has to wake up to headlines of torch-wielding white nationalists promoting bigotry and inciting fear on a college campus in Virginia. I’m praying for, and urging, peace today. Racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric sow seeds of hatred in our communities. That’s not who we are, that’s not what Virginians stand for, and we have no intention of moving backwards toward the division of the past. People peddling in hate from outside of Charlottesville will never define this vibrant community.”

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    The usual wisdom from 2013 VA GOP Lt. Gov. nominee EW Jackson

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    Our douchebag “president” weighs in, doesn’t call out white supremacists, neo-Nazis, or take any responsibility for his OWN ROLE in fomenting this!

    Check out VA GOP Chair John Whitbeck’s whitewashing of the GOP, even while rightfully condemning “hatred and racism on display today in Charlottesville”

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    Video from Charlottesville Neo-Nazi rally (source: From Renegade Media https://www.facebook.com/R3…

    • Apparent terror attack in Charlottesville

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fImbAvxXZo

    • Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Chuch):

      “The scenes of white supremacist, racist neo-nazis marching proudly in Charlottesville along with heavily armed self-proclaimed militiamen chanting racist slogans and obscenely taunting counter-demonstrators are beyond disturbing. Virginia is better than this.

      Virginia’s political leaders have the power to raise the level of discourse. To educate, inform, and enlighten with thoughtful discussion and debate. What’s happened over the last 24 hours in Charlottesville is not happening in a vacuum and it’s not an aberration. It’s what happens when we demonize the other among us. When we compare human beings to colored candies or bottles of wine.

      What makes Virginia great is our growing diversity. Our openness to new and better ideas. Our willingness to accept everyone who comes here looking to build a better life, a stronger commonwealth and better world.

      We are better than the image that’s being broadcast to the world today.”

    • Charlottesville journalist Coy Barefoot:

      Just now: “hey, national news teams. it’s not a “car crash.” it’s an act of terrorism.”

      19 minutes ago: “***BREAKING NOW*** I’ve got one unconfirmed report that there is at least one fatality among the injured.”

    • Laura Lee

      This should really help Cory Stewart’s campaign or is he there

    • Huffstetler Calls on Garrett to Denounce Alt-Right Rally

      CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Today, Roger Dean (RD) Huffstetler released the following statement calling on Congressman Tom Garrett to denounce the alt-right and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville this morning:

      “Now is the moment when every leader in our community must join together to denounce – loudly and publicly – this ugly display of hate. Silence or complacency have real and meaningful consequences. It tells our friends and neighbors that their value, dignity, and lives are not equal.

      “Congressman Garrett’s silence is deafening. It is shocking to me that the our representative has yet to condemn and denounce the hateful, bigoted, and racist ideology being spewed in his district over the last 24 hours. We must have a leader in Congress that is willing to speak out and defend our basic American values of tolerance and compassion. I call on Congressman Garrett to add his voice to the growing chorus of Americans who will not stand for the hate we have seen today. Our district deserves better.”

    • Tom Perriello reacts to our @!@#%% “president” and his idiotic/dog whistle comments about Charlottesville.

      https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4407/36389785631_8fcdae6edf_o.jpg

    • Former VA LG Bill Bolling (R) does the “both sides” thing to nauseating perfection. BARF!!!

      “The hatred and violence on display this day in Charlottesville is disgusting and unacceptable. Those who participated in it truly represent the worst among us. In America we are all entitled to our point of view, but with that right is the civil expectation that we be tolerant of those with different views. Unfortunately, the extremism of the right and the left seems to be on the rise, and it threatens a civil society. When civility breaks down, violence ensues. We are witnessing a sad commentary on the state of our politics and civil discourse. There are no winners here, just losers.”

    • Great comment by Atif Qarni: “Radicals were walking around with guns and tear gas and the police stood idly by. It took long to intervene. If African Americans or Muslims were acting in the same way, the police would have intervened earlier and labels of terrorism would be thrown around. In case you were wondering, this is what “white entitlement” looks like.”

    • DNC Member Yasmine Taeb nails it:

      What’s happening in #Charlottesville is horrific and disgusting. At least one person has now died because of a despicable act of terrorism committed by a neo-Nazi. I’m sick and tired of elected officials and the media’s obsession with acknowledging terror attacks and calling it as such only when it’s committed by Muslims and people of color.

      I can’t help but think that exactly three years ago today, I was in Ferguson when Michael Brown was gunned down, protesting with fellow activists, demanding justice, and helping to register voters. Whether we’re talking about institutional racism and police brutality, or the rise in neo-Nazi hate groups, and violence and hatred committed against our brothers and sisters — none of this is acceptable and must be condemned by all of us. Make no mistake about it, this is what terrorism looks like.

    • More from Cville journalist Coy Barefoot:

      “A source tells me that the fatality was a young woman. I know nothing else about her age or identity. She was killed today in Charlottesville by a domestic terrorist who used a car as a weapon, plowing into a crowd of protestors. Another source tells me the driver of the car is in custody, that he is believed to be from Ohio and was here to attend the “Unite the Right” rally. I will bring you more details as they become available.”

    • Statement from Eileen Bedell on today’s tragic events:

      I am horrified by the white supremacists and fascists terrorizing Charlottesville over the past 24 hours. A peaceful counter protester has been confirmed dead as a result of a fascist plowing his car into the crowd of people.

      Earlier today, Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. Make no mistake, these fascists and neo-Confederates are using violence to achieve political ends. They are engaging in domestic terrorism.

      My family and I are praying for the people of Charlottesville. Please be safe and avoid these fascist, neo-Confederates committing acts of violence.

      They will go home eventually and we will still be here. We will win this fight. We beat them in the 19th century. We beat them in the 20th century. And we will beat them again in the 21st.

      Stay calm, keep collected, and stand up for what is right. If we do that, we will beat back this murderous, evil movement and justice will prevail.

    • Washington (Com)Post disgraces itself yet again – “clashes?” A white supremacist/terrorist plowed his car into a crowd!

      https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4373/36132216920_0e6941099d_o.jpg

    • Sen. Tim Kaine statement:

      “Virginia has come so far in recent decades to put division behind us. Both Anne and I are so proud of this progress. It’s sickening to see the displays of violence and bigotry that were brought to Charlottesville by white nationalists over the last 24 hours, which tragically led to injuries and at least one death today. This is not who we are. Charlottesville is a vibrant community that recognizes the deep scars from our past and has rejected hatred in favor of inclusion.

      “The fact that people like David Duke cited the President to justify their views is a disturbing reminder that divisive rhetoric has sadly contributed to a climate where individuals who espouse hate feel emboldened. As they seek publicity through their hateful tactics, let’s pull together–regardless of party, race or religion–to reject hatred in no uncertain terms and stand together. I’m encouraged by the words of leaders on both sides of the aisle who have spoken out forcefully against what has occurred today, and it’s critical that we follow up those words with action that builds a more inclusive future. We call ourselves a Commonwealth because the word signifies community. It’s who we are and we won’t go backwards.”

    • Rep. Tom Garrett’s statement as pathetic as expected:

      “Today has been a tragic culmination of extremist polarization in our own backyard. We wholeheartedly condemn these acts, ideologies, and the sheer hatred that travelled into our home. Please join me in praying for the families of today’s victims and the City of Charlottesville as a whole. Today was one of the darkest times in our recent memory, we must band together tonight, tomorrow, and the next day, as we change the narrative to achieve the liberties and freedoms we desire.”

    • Stephanie Elizabeth Carter

      Statement from Lee Carter – House of Delegates Candidate for the 50th District

      “This afternoon, in Charlottesville, a woman believed to be an
      organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World was murdered in a
      terrorist attack. At least nineteen others, including members of DSA
      Richmond, were also injured, and two first responders perished in a
      flight accident on their way to the scene.

      Throughout the modern
      history of this nation, it has been working people that defend the
      vulnerable when they are under attack, and it has been working people
      whose blood is shed in that struggle.

      What happened today is a sickening reminder of that past, and it is
      incumbent upon all of us to stand together and reject the hateful
      rhetoric of the fascist groups that inspired the attacker. I place
      special emphasis on standing together – no force on Earth is weaker than
      the feeble strength of one.

      Only through true unity can we – working people of every creed and hue – overcome this.

      We must say, with one united voice, that hatred and divisiveness are
      not welcome in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We must say, with one
      united voice, that we are better than this. And we must say, with one
      united voice, that we will not be broken.

      Mourn the dead. Fight like hell for the living. Solidarity forever.”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjx4kJfpa8s