Since this past weekend’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, a Twitter user has identified numerous white nationalists, as well as neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members, who attended the event.
Amid the right-wing event, which quickly turned violent, anonymous Twitter user @YesYoureRacist posted photos and videos of its participants, asking fellow Twitter users to help identify the “Nazis marching in Charlottesville.”
The user received names within minutes, sparking a chain of consequences across the country.
The first rally attendee identified was Cole White, a cook at a hot dog restaurant in Berkeley, California.
Upon hearing of White’s participation in the rally, the restaurant immediately fired him. It also posted a sign on its windows saying that White no longer worked there, and that “the actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog.” Top Dog later sent a statement to the Washington Post.
The next marcher identified was University of Nevada student Peter Cvjetanovic.
“I have received death threats,” Cvjetanovic told the Reno Gazette-Journal after his name was released. Nevertheless, he promised to “defend tooth and nail my views as a white nationalist.”
“I came to this march with the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture,” he told KTVN News. He later wrote to the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “I went to honor the heritage of white culture here in the United States.”
Despite Cvjetanoic’s pride in his beliefs, University of Nevada President Marc Johnson released a statement late Monday saying, “the University unequivocally rejects the positions and ideology that were espoused during the white supremacist rally that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia.”
Nonetheless, “based on discussion and investigation with law enforcement, our attorneys and our Office of Student Conduct,” continued Johnson, “there is no constitutional or legal reason to expel him from our University or to terminate his employment.”
During his interviews, Cvjetanovic condemned all violence, claiming that he left the rally before a Nazi sympathizer drove his car into a crowd and killed a woman counter-protester.
“These last few days have turned into a disaster,”Cvjetanovic told ABC affiliate KOLO. But, he said, “I believe that cultures are being threatened…Everyone is melding together.”
According to Cvjetanovic’s former roommate Ed Donofrio, a self-described socialist, Cvjetanovic has not been shy about his beliefs on campus.
“I remember having a discussion with him one time about the whole build-the-wall thing,” Donofrio stated, referring to President Trump’s plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. “He was a fan of shooting immigrants coming across.”
While the campaign correctly identified White and Cvjetanovic, it did misidentify several men. @YesYoureRacist incorrectly named YouTube star Joey Salads as one of the rally participants wearing a Nazi armband. However, Salads had worn the armband months earlier at a Donald Trump rally as a proclaimed experiment.
“It seems this pic was from a different event. Mr. Salads says he was wearing the armband for an “experiment.” Apologies for the confusion,” @YesYoureRacist later tweeted.
Several other Twitter accounts joined in on @YesYoureRacist’s campaign, misidentifying a University of Arkansas worker as a marcher who looked somewhat similar.
Nevertheless, one rally attendee did not need to be named, as he had announced his attendance on his Twitter account and proceeded to live-stream the event.
Washington State University student James Allsup, leader of the College Republicans at the university, agreed to speak at the rally, bringing scandal to his school.
Washington State University president released a statement condemning “racism and Nazism of any kind,” as well as an open letter criticizing the rally for showcasing “the most vile and dehumanizing beliefs and actions of human history.”
Allsup himself also disavowed certain aspects of the rally, blaming “a handful of Nazi-flag-waving morons” for ruining a respectable right-wing event.
“I talked to dozens of rally attendees that were uncomfortable and put off by the Nazi imagery. Myself included,” Allsup wrote on Twitter. “Very, very bad look.”
He criticized prominent racists who attended the rally, such as David Duke, as well.
Nonetheless, during the rally, Allsup claimed to Infowars that “low-IQ migrants” were going to destroy the country.
When a man beside him interjected, “Name international Jewry! That’s who the globalists are,” Allsup laughed along with the marchers around him.
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