During the August 12, 2020 episode of The Daily Shoah, hosts Mike “Enoch” Peinovich, Alex McNabb, and Jazzhands McFeels marked the third anniversary of the white power “Unite the Right” rally. The hosts alleged that conservatives angered at the removal of Confederate statues should have supported the rally attendees — and appeared bitter that this support never came.
At the “Unite the Right” rally, hundreds of white supremacists and fascists descended on Charlottesville under the pretext of protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Attendees viciously attacked anti-racist demonstrators. 32-year-old Heather Heyer was murdered when a Neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Peinovich argued that the white supremacist aggressors in Charlottesville were actually the victims, and that their treatment foreshadowed what would later take place during this year’s protests against police brutality and systemic racism. During the protests that began in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, multiple Confederate statues have been removed.
Peinovich boasted that they “pushed the narrative” at “Unite the Right” and “forced out what was gonna come for the whole country three years later.” He also claimed that, were people to revisit what happened in Charlottesville, it would make white Republicans “more sympathetic” to their cause.
McFeels said “they actually want people to forget about this because it actually was something that people will … relate to. Especially now, they’re like ‘Yep, these guys were right. They keep tearing this shit down, and this was the one group that stood up for this stuff at the time. Nobody else has since, and it was a railroading by the government, and they keep tearing this stuff down.'”
He added that white nationalists wanted to stop the removal of Confederate statues, but that conservatives “were silent when they got fuckin’ strung up by the courts.” Peinovich said that conservatives were faced with two choices: promoting the lie that “Unite the Right” was a “set-up” by “feds,” or openly siding with them.
McFeels interjected to say that he “hold[s] a grudge” over the lack of support they received from the conservatives who are “sitting on their hands and saying ‘Why won’t somebody do something about tearing down these monuments.’ Well, somebody did do something. Somebody tried. And you could’ve rallied behind that movement, and helped to stop it. I think you could’ve stopped it.”
He speculated that, had they openly backed the “Unite the Right” attendees, a Richmond Circuit Court judge might not have recused himself from a case concerning the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Judge Bradley B. Cavedo, who originally blocked Governor Ralph Northam’s decision to remove the statue, recused himself because of his home’s location in the Monument Avenue Historic District.
Later, Peinovich whitewashed more than just the “Unite the Right” rally.
In a discussion on the post-war Reconstruction era — which he referred to as a “period of intense anti-white discrimination” — he sanitized the image of the Ku Klux Klan. Of the white supremacist terrorist organization he said, “It was an effective resistance organization. And they did protect white people’s right to vote.”
The hosts continued to complain about the conservative response to the removal of statues that represent white supremacy, arguing that it was disingenuous to say they aren’t racist.
Peinovich cited the example of a statue of Teddy Roosevelt outside of New York City’s Museum of Natural History. Peinovich told his co-hosts that the statue depicts “Teddy Roosevelt on a horse, flanked on either side by like a Red Indian and then like a Negro” in “poses of submission to him.” He also called it a “blatant and open display of white supremacy.”
He said that conservatives shouldn’t pretend such monuments aren’t racist, but instead acknowledge that they are and defend them anyway. He then brought up the 1969 song “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by The Band. “The song is actually about sympathy for the Confederate cause, for the Confederate people, and let’s just acknowledge that and be like okay with it.”
“It’s so irritating,” he continued. “‘No that statue isn’t white supremacy.’ Oh, the statue of a white man on a horse with like a Negro and an Indian bending to him, that’s not a symbol of white supremacy? Get the fuck outta here.”