Unite the Right
| A lunatic Chaplin imitator|
and his greatest fans
|First as tragedy|
|Then as farce|
| The colorful pseudoscience|
|Hating thy neighbour|
|Divide and conquer|
“”By all means, compare these shitheads to the Nazis. Again and again. I'm with you.
|—Mike Godwin himself|
Unite the Right (UTR) was an alt-right
riot rally circlejerk "protest" on 11-12 August 2017, performed by a blend of neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, and white nationalists. UTR ended in three people dead: one killed directly by the UTR participants, and the other two killed indirectly in a police helicopter crash.
UTR was sparked when Charlottesville, VA (which includes University of Virginia) planned to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. Predictably, this act upset white supremacists, who organized the rally in response; sane people counter-protested.
Some Vanguard America Neo-Nazi thought it would be a good idea to drive a car through a crowd of the counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 other people. The Daily Stormer (TDS) called the woman a "fat childless slut".
Donald Trump's response was quite delayed and lukewarm; rightfully this pissed people off. It is fairly certain that white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and alt-right activists voted for Trump, if they voted for anyone in the last Presidential election (2016). "President Trump is rarely reluctant to express his opinion, but he is often seized by caution when addressing the violence and vitriol of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and alt-right activists, some of whom are his supporters." Indeed, none of the other candidates for president ever displayed sympathy for any of these aforementioned ideologies, while Trump had done so on many occasions. The maker of the parade torches used in the march, Tiki® Brand, in contrast to the President, was quick to disassociate itself with the pro-Confederate-statue crowd. Things especially got bad after Trump's massive criticism of peaceful protests of NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, slamming them by saying they should all be fired.
Following the incident, /pol/ started "researching" who the driver was, falsely concluding the driver to be Joel Vangheluwe. Amusingly, certain media outlets took the bait. Vangheluwe, being innocent, was not arrested but he was mercilessly harassed. Instead a neo-Nazi named James Alex Fields Jr. has been arrested on a charge of second-degree murder.
Wall of shame
These media took 4chan's bait and propagated the false accusation against Vangheluwe.
The hacktivist group Anonymous, in response to Unite the Right, has supposedly hacked multiple alt-right websites, even saying they are going to shut down The Daily Stormer. However, many think this is being faked by said websites for attention, since everybody hates them even more now and they may want to feign weakness so the mob comes to defend them. The Daily Stormer in particular reportedly had gotten notice of being shut down soon by their webhoster before the "hacked" message appeared.
Unite the Right was a false flag operation to defame the alt-right
Some people on the Conservapedia talk pages ranted about UTR being a false flag by teh leebrals in an attempt to discredit the right.[note 2] They claim that since this happened at the same time as the "Democrat Party" was involved in controversy, the left manufactured it to distract the MSM. The false flag conspiracy theory has also been propagated by Infowars, and US House Republican Paul A. Gosar of Arizona. Gosar also brought up the debunked claim that George Soros was a Nazi collaborator.
Other miscellaneous idiocy
A couple weeks later, for a UVA football game ESPN decided to pull an announcer for happening to have the name Robert Lee. Unsurprisingly, being of Asian descent and all, he was not actually named for the Confederate general.[citation NOT needed]
- Though depicted in the poster, there is no evidence that libertarians appeared at the rally in any organized way.
- Sound familar?
- Flags and Other Symbols Used By Far-Right Groups in Charlottesville: The so-called “Unite The Right” rally organized by white nationalist Jason Kessler in Charlottesville, Virginia, has succeeded in drawing out a diversity of far-right groups ranging from white nationalists to armed “Patriot” groups. (August 12, 2017) Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Mike Godwin: Man who devised internet Hitler law says 'Call these Charlotteville s***heads Nazis', The Independent
- Man misidentified as Charlottesville driver had to flee home; plans to sue far-right sites by Oliver Darcy (August 16, 2017: 6:13 PM ET) CNN Media.
- What We Know About James Alex Fields, Driver Charged in Charlottesville Killing by Jonah Engel Bromwich & Alan Blinder (AUG. 13, 2017) The New York Times.
- YourAnonNews, while an unproven source, is considered the best source of news regarding Anonymous. They think it's a hilarious joke performed by TDS to gain publicity.
- Arizona congressman repeats bogus claim that Charlottesville violence was left-wing plot by Derek Hawkins (October 6, 2017 at 5:24 AM) The Washington Post.