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What Happened at Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” Rally Last Year?

This is a VICE News interview with Christopher Cantwell, a speaker from the alt-right “Unite the Right” event in Charlottesville protesting the removal of a Jim Crow era Confederate statue. The whole video is really worth watching–the chants of “blood and soil,” the tiki-torch-bearing white supremacists, all of it is truly unsettling.

Cantwell is a self-proclaimed fascist who by his own admission seeks to normalize racism as part of his long-term goal to create a pure Anglo ethno state free of African-Americans, Jews, and non-white immigrants. VICE News interviewed him after a neo-Nazi terrorist attending the rally drove his car intentionally into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.

Please watch this interview, because this is going to get worse before it gets any better. I transcribed it below if you don’t want to watch the video.

The thing that we need to understand about fascism is that a key part of the definition is physical, violent suppression of the opposition. They see the use of force as another tool in the toolbox of getting what they want–in fact, it’s the only way to get what they want, since Cantwell is literally calling for the forced removal of all non-whites from his “ethno-state.”

Trump supporters marched shoulder-to-shoulder with white supremacists and Nazis whose goal is the forced mass removal of non-whites from the US.

Cantwell: “I’d say it was worth it. We knew we were gonna meet a lot of resistance. The fact that nobody on our side died, I’d go ahead and call that points for us. The fact that none of our people killed anybody unjustly, I think is a plus for us. And I think that we showed our rivals that we won’t be cowed.”

Vice: “Can you describe what the video appears to show?”

Cantwell: “The video appears to show someone striking that vehicle. When these animals attacked him again, and he saw no way to get away from them except to hit the gas. And sadly, because our rivals are a bunch of stupid animals who don’t pay attention, they couldn’t just get out of the way of this car. And some people got hurt, and that’s unfortunate.”

Vice: “So you think it was justified.”

Cantwell: “I think it was more than justified. I can’t believe–the amount of restraint our people showed out there, I think was astounding.”

Vice: “What do you think this means for the next alt-right protest?”

Cantwell: “Well, I think it’s gonna be tough to top, but we’re up for the challenge.”

Vice: “Wait, why? Tough to top? I mean, someone died.”

Cantwell: “I think that a lot more people are gonna die before we’re done here, frankly. People die every day, right?”

Vice: “But not like of a heart attack. I mean violent death.”

Cantwell: “People die violent deaths all the time. This is part of the reason we want an ethno-state, right? So, the blacks are killing each other in staggering numbers from coast to coast. We don’t really want to have a part of that anymore, and so the fact that they resist us when we say, hey we want our homeland, it’s not shocking to me. These people want violence, and the right is just meeting market demand.”

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