Several white nationalist leaders will be gathering in Charlottesville, VA’s Lee Park on August 12, 2017 — just months after a similar protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. On May 13th, several high-profile racists, including Nathan Damigo, Mike Peinovich, and Richard Spencer, gave speeches blasting the decision to remove Confederate statues as a form of “ethnic cleansing.”
Later that night, Spencer led a torch-wielding crowd of white nationalists, identitarians, and Neo-Confederates which converged on Lee Park in the dead of night, chanting “You will not replace us!” and the Nazi slogan “Blood and soil!”
According to The Daily Progress, after ten minutes the Charlottesville police arrived on the scene to quell a confrontation between protesters. The crowd then dissipated without any further incidents.
At the August 12th “Unite the Right” rally, Richard Spencer will once again be one of the event’s headliners along with The Right Stuff’s Mike Peinovich. In addition to Peinovich and Spencer, other prominent white supremacists slated to attend include:
Jason Kessler — Alt-right/Neo-Confederate activist and former contributor to The Daily Caller. Kessler spoke at the May 13th rally in Charlottesville against the removal of Confederate statues. Pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge after punching a person in the face on January 22, 2017, and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service.
Christopher Cantwell — White supremacist talk radio personality and host of the podcast Radical Agenda. Cantwell still identifies himself as an “anarchist, atheist, asshole” with a strong libertarian streak, but sympathizes with Neo-Nazis due to their mutual hatred of Jews and non-whites.
Tim Gionet — Alt-right Twitter personality who goes by the names Tim Treadstone and “Baked Alaska.” Gionet was booted from last year’s conservative “DeploraBall” after his anti-Semitic Twitter remarks came to light.
Ayla Stewart — Racist Mormon mommy blogger who operates the website Wife With A Purpose Ministries — formerly called Nordic Sunrise. Made headlines earlier this year for her absurd “white baby challenge.” Announced as a last minute addition by Richard Spencer.
Augustus Sol Invictus — Neo-fascist lawyer who mounted an unsuccessful run for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat in 2016 on, of all things, the Libertarian Party ticket. His campaign was notable for having been backed by white supremacists and for Invictus’ admission that he once sacrificed a goat and drank its blood. Currently operates the website The Revolutionary Conservative.
Matt Heimbach — Founder of Towson University’s White Student Union (WSU) which he led until his graduation in 2013. That year, along with white supremacist Matt Parrott, Heimbach founded the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN). In 2015 Heimbach and Parrott established the Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP), the “political wing” of the TYN.
Johnny Ramondetta — Also known as “Johnny Monoxide,” Ramondetta hosts a white supremacist podcast called The Paranormies Present: The Ahnenerbe Hour, named after an occult-obsessed Nazi group founded by Heinrich Himmler. As recently as 2016 Ramondetta reportedly worked as an electrical foreman for San Francisco’s IBEW Local 6.
Pax Dickinson — Formerly the CTO of Business Insider, tech bro Pax Dickinson was forced to resign in 2013 after a series of derogatory tweets about women and feminism were uncovered by Gawker’s Nitasha Tiku. Following his departure from Business Insider, Dickinson was hired at Chuck Johnson’s alt-right crowdfunding platform Wesearchr where he worked until May 2017. In a June appearance on Red Ice TV, Dickinson announced the creation of a new crowdfunding website called Counter.Fund.
Dr. Michael Hill — Founder and current President of the Neo-Confederate hate group League of the South (LOS), formerly known as the Southern League. He and his fellow LOS members have organized and participated in numerous protests against the removal of the Confederate flag from public property as well as what the LOS calls “Southern demographic displacement” by non-whites.