V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, a man who claims to have invented email and is seeking to unseat Elizabeth Warren from her Massachusetts Senate seat in 2018, met with alt-right activist and neo-Nazi cosplayer Matt Colligan at a Massachusetts diner, where he blessed a statue of “Kek,” the Pepe-the-Frog-inspired deity at the center of a satirical 4chan religious institution.
Ayyadurai appeared with Colligan in a live video broadcast yesterday, during which Colligan presented him with a small ceramic figure of 4Chan’s frog deity “Kek.” Ayyadurai described Colligan, who was photographed at the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally where a liberal counter-protester was murdered, as “one of our great supporters” and a “phenomenal video editor.” After exchanging greetings, Colligan presented Ayyadurai with “the statue of ‘Kek’ and Pepe the Frog,” a reference to the cartoon amphibian that alt-right activists co-opted during the 2016 general election.
Colligan told Ayyadurai that he needed to bless the statue of Kek. Ayyadurai obliged.
“I’m blessing and victory to Shiva for Senate, the only person who’s committed to defeating fake Indian Elizabeth Warren and we can do it with everyone’s support because we’re now starting a new revolution in Massachusetts. Let’s declare our independence and praise be to Kek,” Ayyadurai said.
The day before Ayyadurai blessed Kek, Colligan had shared a Photoshoped image that depicts New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holding a tiki torch (an homage to the white nationalist Unite the Right rally) and a Nazi salute. “Heil Tom Brady! Heil victory!” Colligan captioned the image.
Ayyadurai has previously addressed members and sympathizers of the white supremacist alt-right movement as part of his larger appeal to the fringe, pro-Trump audiences that he believes may help him defeat Warren in 2018. Ayyadurai’s prior efforts have earned him support from pro-Trump media personalities such as Red-Sox-pitcher-turned-conservative-media-star Curt Schilling, pro-Trump troll Jack Posobiec and Gateway Pundit reporter Cassandra Fairbanks.