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Jason Kessler (1983–) is a member of the alt-right and the organizer of both the 2017 and 2018 Unite the Right rallies. Kessler received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2009.
He was formerly a supporter of Barack Obama in 2008, working for a Democratic polling organization. He participated in the Charlottesville, Virginia branch of Occupy Wall Street in 2011, where he was regarded as violent and contrary to the Occupy ethos.
In 2013, Kessler claims to have been "red-pilled" "when a PR executive was publicly excoriated for a tasteless Twitter joke about AIDS in Africa." By 2016, Kessler started creating awful literature, Badland Blues, about "a homeless dwarf madly in unrequited love with a local waitress, Marissa." This was at about the same time that he became a Trump supporter. In 2016, he was accused of promoting racism at a Charlottesville city council meeting and accused the Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy, an African American, of being a black supremacist. Bellamy's view was that Kessler was taking deliberate offence because he was mad that a black man who was his age had a job and Kessler didn't. Also in 2017, Kessler met Richard Spencer and the conversion to the alt-right became complete.
As of 2018, Kessler is living at his parents' home to save money for the numerous lawsuits brought against him for the violence and death at the first Unite the Right rally. His father supports him as a son, but is totally opposed to his politics.
Kessler "was convicted in 2005 for shoplifting, obstructing justice and for a string of failures to appear and register, in addition to numerous traffic violations and citations."
In 2017, Kessler pled guilty to "misdemeanor assault after he punched a man while gathering signatures for his petition against Bellamy."
- About Real News w/ Jason Kessler (archived from November 7, 2017).
- Jason Kessler participated in Occupy, says another activist (2017) WINA News Radio.
- Inside Jason Kessler’s hate-fueled rise by Ian Shapira (August 11, 2018) The Washington Post.
- Jason Kessler Southern Poverty Law Center
- Badland Blues by Jason Kessler (2016) New Pulp Press. ISBN 1945734027.
- Midnight Road by Jason Kessler (2016) Mad Dimension Press. ISBN 0692627677.
- The Daily Caller Removes 'Unite the Right' Organizer Jason Kessler’s Bylines From Web Site. The conservative site has deleted articles by a white supremacist who organized the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. by Bethania Palma (18 July 2018) Snopes.
- Watch Unite the Right Organizer Jason Kessler Get Owned by His Dad During a Livestream: "You get outta my room!" by Allie Conti (Aug 15 2018, 11:21am) Vice.