Jason Kessler, the organizer of the “Unite the Right 2″ rally that fizzled out Sunday in Washington, was discussing Israel, Orthodox Judaism and “sex slavery” on a recent live stream with fellow white nationalist Patrick Little when he was interrupted by a counterprotest of sorts.
A counterprotest staged by Kessler’s father.
“Hey, you get out of my room,” called a man from outside the frame, which showed Kessler on an iPhone screen mounted by Little, a former Senate candidate from California. Little posted the full video in June, and an excerpt began circulating this week on Twitter.
Little was rambling on about neo-Nazi conspiracies concerning Jews, castration and slavery when Kessler began motioning to someone off-screen.
That’s when the gravelly cry — “Get out of my room”— rang out.
“Sorry, I’m having an issue here,” Kessler told Little, looking just the slightest bit downcast.
“You got a drunk roommate there?” asked Little.
“Something like that,” Kessler responded, apparently hesitant to identify the man shouting at him. He then said something unintelligible about “somebody who supports Orthodox, uh, Israeli, like, is — we’re at a crosshairs on that stuff.”
His father was having none of it.
“I want this to stop in my room, Jason,” he shouted. “This is my room.”
Little chortled, instructing his live-stream partner: “Clean your room.” He added, “I’m going to assume that’s a parent there. I’m not sure.”
He inquired, “You’re not staying with an Orthodox Jew, are you?”
The question made Kessler promptly clarify.
“No, it’s my father,” he said. He then complained about his family watching the “American history channel,” and how this channel showed “constant anti-German propaganda.” He used a sexually explicit term to describe how his father had been fooled into believing lies about the Nazis.
He also explained why he was staying with his family, forced to carry on about “the Jews” from his father’s room rather than from the comfort of his own home.
“I’m stuck in a situation where I have to stay with my family because I’m paying for all these lawsuits, and I can’t afford to do that without staying with my family,” Kessler said.
Little could empathize. He was live-streaming from his boat, which he said he maintained “in case of eviction.”
“Life has been pretty expensive the last few months,” said Little, who was barred from a California GOP convention in May because of his anti-Semitic and white supremacist views. “If I get into a situation where I can’t have an apartment, like you’re in, I’ve got this bad boy.” He bragged to Kessler about his “baby” — telling him that his boat had a king-size bed, a double bed and a table that transforms into a twin bed. “I’ve got hot water, a shower,” he said.
Lawsuits by Charlottesville residents and businesses aim to hold Kessler and other organizers of last year’s “Unite the Right” rally responsible for the violence and destruction that shook the Virginia city. On the eve of this year’s demonstration, which drew vastly more counterprotesters and police officers than it did members of Kessler’s white nationalist movement, the 2009 graduate of the University of Virginia gave up a lawsuit of his own against the city over how it issues permits, as well as its decision to deny him one this year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“I’ve been turned into an avatar of hate,” Kessler told The Washington Post in a recent telephone interview.
The Post has also spoken to Kessler’s father, Eric Kessler, who said his family was “dismayed across the board about this situation. We’ve never identified with racial politics.”
Eric Kessler said he and his son have had little contact since he learned of his radical views shortly before last year’s rally. What little contact they do have — particularly when it involves his son live-streaming from his room — appears to irk the father considerably.
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