Jason Kessler, the alt-right activist planning a follow-up to last year’s violent “Unite the Right” rally, said that alt-right activists with neo-Nazi propaganda were “just not compatible” with this year’s event. But Kessler made those remarks after he signed a deposition listing failed U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi, as an expected speaker at his event.
With the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, having denied his application to host his anniversary rally there in the wake of violent confrontations by attendees of his first Unite the Right gathering, Kessler has moved his event to Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., across the street from the White House. At last year’s “Unite the Right” event, Heather Heyer of Charlottesville was killed when a right-wing attendee drove his car into a group of counter-protesters, and dozens were injured. Kessler is currently embroiled in a lawsuit against Charlottesville’s city government for denying his application.
In the deposition filed in Kessler’s lawsuit, he states that “persons expected to speak at the rally are Patrick Little, Simon Roche, David Duke, Tom Kawzcynski, Corey Mahler and [Avialae] Horton.” You can read the deposition in full below:
Little has always held well-documented extremist beliefs, but he has now begun a full-blown embrace of neo-Nazi politics since he was defeated in California’s primary elections last month. As we wrote earlier this week, Little has explicitly identified as a Nazi and said he would consider flying a swastika flag. Little has also been praising the 1935 Nazi propaganda film “Triumph of the Will,” promised that he would destroy “at least one” U.S. Holocaust memorial if he has to do it himself, and introduced a plan to raise Jews “as livestock.”
As if that wasn’t explicit enough, Little posted that he was “getting ready for bed” by listening to the Nazi Party anthem.
In another post from yesterday, Little wrote that his supporters have nothing else on which to blame their personal misfortunes “but the eternal jew,” and urged followers to “rise in your vengeance.”
Also, Little says he won’t settle for anything less than “the expulsion of all ethnic Jews from the United States and Europe, with no exceptions.”
Last week, we reported that Kessler told white nationalist Jean-François Gariépy on a podcast that he didn’t want the alt-right at his event because many alt-right activists “aren’t used to being out of the internet or are going up and doing Sieg Heils and all kinds of crazy stuff like that.” Kessler told Gariépy, “that kind of neo-Nazi stuff is just not compatible with real-world stuff.”
If Kessler genuinely didn’t want neo-Nazis appearing at his Unite the Right anniversary rally, he wouldn’t have planned on having Little on his speaker list. It’s also worth noting that Kessler said Little is expected to speak alongside David Duke, the former KKK Grand Wizard and disgraced white nationalist politician. Gauging by the fact that Little, among others, is expected to address the crowd, Kessler’s claims that he doesn’t want the alt-right at his rally seem either brazenly false or astoundingly naïve.