‘Unite the Right’ Organizer Gets Approval for ‘White Civil Rights’ Rally in DC on Anniversary of Charlottesville

The organizer behind last year’s deadly Charlottesville rally has just received approval to hold a rally across from the White House on Aug. 12. Jason Kessler, a white supremacist and one of the primary organizers behind the Unite the Right rally, applied for a permit for a “white civil rights” rally to be held on Lafayette Square. The purpose of the gathering, according to The Washington Post, is to protest “civil rights abuse in Charlottesville.” While the request has been approved, a permit has not yet been issued. Kessler had first tried to apply for a rally permit in Charlottesville for the same day, but that permit was denied. Last year’s Charlottesville rally erupted into violent brawls and took the life of Heather Heyer, an anti-racism activist and paralegal who died after a car drove through a group of counterprotesters. She was 32. A total of Continue reading "‘Unite the Right’ Organizer Gets Approval for ‘White Civil Rights’ Rally in DC on Anniversary of Charlottesville"

Spike Lee Shreds Trump Over Charlottesville at Cannes: ‘That Motherf***er Did Not Denounce the Motherf***ing Klan’

Last night, legendary director Spike Lee debuted his film BlackkKlansman at the Cannes Film Festival. It received a standing ovation and apparently contains some very direct commentary about modern-day events, especially Charlottesville and the President’s response to it. At a press conference after the screening of the film, Lee spoke about the decision in the context of President Donald Trump’s failure to denounce the white nationalists involved in the conflict. “We have a guy in the White House — I’m not gonna say his fucking name — who defined that moment not just for Americans but the world, and that motherfucker was given the chance to say we are about love, not hate,” Lee said. “And that motherfucker did not denounce the motherfucking Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazis motherfuckers.” “It was a defining moment, and he could have said to the world, not just the United States, that Continue reading "Spike Lee Shreds Trump Over Charlottesville at Cannes: ‘That Motherf***er Did Not Denounce the Motherf***ing Klan’"

Charlottesville Counterprotester Sues InfoWars And Other Far-Right Media Figures For Defamation

A Virginia man who was part of the counterprotest at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last year is suing conspiracy site InfoWars, its founder Alex Jones and a number of other far-right media figures for defamation. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on behalf of Brennan Gilmore Tuesday. Besides Jones and InfoWars, Gilmore is also naming former GOP Congressman Allen West, Gateway Pundit owner Jim Hoft, InfoWars reporter Lee Ann McAdoo, right-wing reporter Lee Stranahan and bloggers Derrick Wilburn and Scott Creighton as defendants. Gilmore’s lawsuit alleges that all parties defamed him by spreading “fake news” and conspiracy stories that claimed he was in the middle of a George Soros-funded leftist plot to stage the Charlottesville attack that killed one counterprotester and injured dozens of others. Gilmore was on the scene and shot video when neo-Nazi James Continue reading "Charlottesville Counterprotester Sues InfoWars And Other Far-Right Media Figures For Defamation"

Charlottesville Counterprotester Sues InfoWars And Other Far-Right Media Figures For Defamation

A Virginia man who was part of the counterprotest at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last year is suing conspiracy site InfoWars, its founder Alex Jones and a number of other far-right media figures for defamation. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on behalf of Brennan Gilmore Tuesday. Besides Jones and InfoWars, Gilmore is also naming former GOP Congressman Allen West, Gateway Pundit owner Jim Hoft, InfoWars reporter Lee Ann McAdoo, right-wing reporter Lee Stranahan and bloggers Derrick Wilburn and Scott Creighton as defendants. Gilmore’s lawsuit alleges that all parties defamed him by spreading “fake news” and conspiracy stories that claimed he was in the middle of a George Soros-funded leftist plot to stage the Charlottesville attack that killed one counterprotester and injured dozens of others. Gilmore was on the scene and shot video when neo-Nazi James Continue reading "Charlottesville Counterprotester Sues InfoWars And Other Far-Right Media Figures For Defamation"

Stacey Dash Agrees With Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Charlottesville Response: ‘He’s Absolutely Right’

Clueless star and former Fox News pundit Stacey Dash recently announced that she was going to give another career a try — a run for office. Yep, Dash recently filed to run for Congress in California. This evening, she appeared on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber to discuss her candidacy. And her campaign may have ended before it ever really had a chance to begin. After having a difficult time giving detailed policy positions on topics such as gun control and health care during the first part of the interview, Dash was asked by Ari Melber about Charlottesville and the president’s controversial response to the deadly violence. Noting that White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn — who recently resigned — said that he almost left due Trump’s “both sides” remarks, Melber asked if the president was wrong. “No, I think he’s absolutely right,” Dash said. “There were two Continue reading "Stacey Dash Agrees With Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Charlottesville Response: ‘He’s Absolutely Right’"

Everything You Love Will Burn

Last week, we put out a special show hosted by The Guardian US’s Lois Beckett, devoted to how reporters should approach the alt-right, and white supremacy, in America, called "Face the Racist Nation." As a bonus, we're putting out a full interview with one of the voices in that show: Norwegian journalist Vegas Tenold, whose new book, “Everything You Love Will Burn” chronicles his time covering the far right, up close and personal, for close to a decade. Lois talks to Vegas about how he has seen the far right evolve, the mistakes he sees journalists making and his relationship with the co-founder of the racist Traditionalist Worker Party, Matthew Heimbach. In addition to listening to the full show, make sure to go to our website to check out the special quizzes we made that delve further into the sticky issues in this hour.

CNN’s Toobin Rips Gary Cohn for Not Leaving After Charlottesville: ‘Managed to Stomach the Racism’

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, like many others today, took a very dim view of Gary Cohn resigning today and not after President Trump‘s comments about Charlottesville:
“Gary Cohn made a big show of being disgusted with the President’s behavior after Charlottesville… he said, ‘Oh, I might resign over the President’s racism.’ Well, he managed to stomach the racism. What he couldn’t take was tariffs. If you want to weigh the moral imperatives of the two, it doesn’t reflect all that well on Gary Cohn.”
There was a lot of reporting at the time about Cohn being disgusted at what Trump said and being ready to resign, but he hung on until today in the middle of a fierce D.C. debate over the President’s recent announcement on tariffs. Trump made clear this week he wants to go through with the tariffs, despite pushback from congressional Republicans and Continue reading "CNN’s Toobin Rips Gary Cohn for Not Leaving After Charlottesville: ‘Managed to Stomach the Racism’"