There Was A Nazi Rally In Charlottesville. Today. In America. In 2017.

Final Update: When asked by a reporter if he wants the support of white nationalists, Trump refused to answer and walked off.

Update #2: Trump is blaming “many sides” without addressing the fact that there are quite literally Nazis and KKK members wearing his hats today in Virginia.

What would be great is if he would say, once and for all, that he denounces white supremacy, wants nothing to do with it, and would appreciate it if the folks who do would stop claiming to do so in the name of Donald Trump.

Update: they’re running people over now. 

Don’t blame the car (user error):

And now someone is dead:

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Well, there was a Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.

This started on Friday night when angry, torch-bearing white nationalists trekked through the University of Virginia’s campus to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city’s Emancipation Park.

And yes, that is just as absurd as it sounds.

Here they are, toting tiki torches that look like they walked out of a Home Depot patio display:

Tiki

And here’s a super-fun recap ironically from a local paper called “The Daily Progress“:

Echoing the May 13 rally at the foot of Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue, hundreds of torch-wielding white nationalists who are attending Saturday’s Unite the Right rally gathered at the University of Virginia and marched to the Rotunda, chanting, “You will not replace us.”

After the march, which began at UVa’s Nameless Field, reached the Rotunda, police later declared an unlawful assembly. Protesters and opponents alike reported being affected by pepper spray.

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.

The ralliers shouted many of the same chants at the May event, such as “blood and soil,” but this time, they declared that Charlottesville was their city now.

That’s right – white nationalists got into a torch-fight with counter-protesters right in front of Thomas Jefferson.

Reports indicate Jefferson was unharmed (“he’s doing a great job – getting noticed more and more these days“).

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer was not amused. “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,” he said, in a statement.

But that was just the prelude to Saturday’s “Unite The Right” rally at Emancipation Park.

As you can imagine, things quickly spiraled out of control leading, ultimately, to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declaring a state of emergency:

Everyone’s appalled, including Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel:

And Paul Ryan:

And Bill Clinton:

Hours (literally) after this crazy shit started, Trump finally decided he needed to say something and this was what he came up with:

Chelsea is calling bullshit:

Apparently Trump’s going to speak at 3. So that should be amusing.

Of course as far as the President not supporting this kind of xenophobia, someone forget to tell former KKK leader David Duke – who was live tweeting the “festivities” – because according to him, the Charlottesville rally is just another step in “fulfilling the promises of Donald Trump“:

Got that?

And see this is a great time to remind you about a post we ran just one week ago called “ANTIFA Vs. ‘Free Speech’ers: Who Are The Real ‘Nazis’ Here?” in which we highlighted a cartoon that painted (figuratively and literally in this case) counter-protesters as something akin to the brown shirts and alt-Right marchers as victims:

cartoon

Funny thing about that is if you looked at an actual advertisement for the infamous “free speech” rally in Boston earlier this year, you find an animated, scrolling picture of good old Adolf in the bottom right-hand corner:

Freespeech

As for what happened today in Virginia, here are some pictures of the folks who just wanted to exercise their right to “free speech”:

Nazi

(incidentally, those two flags are 0-2 in wars)

Trump

KKK

Any questions?

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15 thoughts on “There Was A Nazi Rally In Charlottesville. Today. In America. In 2017.

  1. Surprised? Get ready for lots more of this… Trump’s the enabler, regardless of what he says about it. Everything that comes out of his mouth is either a lie or a threat. This type of “political” action is what he hopes will intimidate his opponents, and make his position stronger.
    RESIST!

  2. Remember when he was campaigning and denied knowing who Duke was? Took pressure from GOP’s to get him to renounce KKK for supporting him and then he only made a weak comment. Those are his people. Those are his voters. And let me further tell you this — if you voted for this disgusting man and you are truly not a Nazi, KKK or any such type person, then you need to rethink who you really voted into office. You bring shame onto this country. You should walk to the other side of that line and make it clear that you are not supporting the vile bigot that currently sits in the White House. He says he does not support them BUT he does next to nothing to prove it because he does not want to lose those votes! If you are seriously innocent of this behavior then you must think and recognize that you have been deceived.

    – Murphy

  3. All you have to do is look up Fred Trump – the Donald’s dear old Dad here in Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Trump#Controversies) and you can see that DJ is now a second generation KKK supporter. Fred was arrested at a KKK rally in 1927 and then “In 1973, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil rights suit against the Trump Organization (TO; Fred Trump, chair, 27-year-old Donald Trump, president) charging it with “violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968.”[20] Basically they wouldn’t rent to people of color. If you were to search the right one of Donald’s homes you would find his bed sheet robe and cone head hat that he uses when he attends secret rallies.

    This means that were two groups of people that voted for Trump, those that are racist bigots like the Trumps, and those who were too lazy to check Wikipedia and a dozen or so other references of the Trumps white supremacist history and background. Now it should be no surprise to anyone that Trump has a warm spot in his underwear – for Nazis. Those of you that that still chose to support Donald Trump knowing he and his family’s white supremacist history – are effectively guilty of being Nazi’s – by association with Trump. So, now if you continue to support Trump – you know who and what you are – and so does the rest of the country.

  4. Well Jeff is it possible that you are “smitten” by probably the worst president in our history? You sound like “this foolishness” is a non-event and a waste of your valuable time, well you are sorely mistaken. Is it that your opinion sick as it is, because most of the delusional people who are “smitten” by Mr Trump about (17.5% of actual voters and dropping) have some kind of agenda, I wonder what your’s is? Hate? Love? Money? Politics? What could possibly make it so that you would think that at least 3 people dying and many more being injured should be of little or of no concern? That is pretty ugly and you should maybe show a little compassion ….oops..my bad…you are “smitten” with trump and his compassion for NOTHING but himself. Just a quick look in a mirror will give you that answer. Well Jeff I am sorry say but this is a reaction to our “pathetic” president’s hate speech to people like you. Remember you “go under the bus” when this guy doesn’t need you any more.

  5. What is making this horrible incident even worse are the subsequent messages of support for this right wing terrorist on the alt-right sites and message boards. These people have completely lost track of reality.

    • “Punch a Nazi” was very popular among Democrats, you’re the one out of touch with reality if you think political violence will be one-sided

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