Jason Kessler, the organizer of last week’s violence-laden “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, just managed to make himself even more hated by all decent Americans last night after posting a reprehensible comment on Twitter about the slain counter-protestor Heather Heyer, who was killed when a neo-Nazi rammed his car into a crowd.
Yes, the man who organized the protest against the removal of a statue of a Confederate general, the Nazi-filled protest where peaceful counter-protesters and clergy were also beaten and which President Trump said included “very fine people,” has fanned the flames of hatred even higher.
The negative response to the tweet was instantaneous, with even other alt-right leaders condemning his heartless comments.
“I will no longer associate w/ Jason Kessler; no one should,” wrote white supremacist Richard Spencer. “Heyer’s death was deeply saddening. ‘Payback’ is a morally reprehensible idea.”
Some on the alt-right are trying to distance themselves from Kessler by claiming on on-line message boards that he is a “deep-state plant” in their reprehensible movement.
Kessler himself must have realized how horrible the response to his tweet had become, since he was back on Twitter this morning trying to back pedal.
“I repudiate the heinous tweet that was sent from my account last night. I have been under a crushing amount of stress & death threats,” Kessler tweeted. “I’m taking ambien, xanax and I had been drinking last night. I sometimes wake up having done strange things I don’t remember.”
Personal responsibility is obviously not one of Kessler’s strong points.
Shortly afterward, Kessler’s twitter account disappeared entirely, although it is uncertain whether it was removed by Twitter or by Kessler himself.
With the vast majority of the country now fully aware of the vile nature of the neo-Nazi alt-right, it really doesn’t matter who took down his account. We’re all just happy that someone as hateful and morally corrupt as Kessler will be off of social media for now.
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.