Jason Kessler Admits to Being A Leftist Provocateur
“I can’t think of any occupation that I admire more than the professional provocateur, who has the courage & self-determination to court controversy despite all slings & arrows of the world.” – Jason Kessler 12/6/2015
Jason Kessler, the organizer of the ill-fated “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, magically transformed himself into a conservative Republican and Trump supporter in November 2016, the same month that Donald Trump won the election.
In the years before 2016, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Kessler supported Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city:
“Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.”
“At one recent speech in favor of Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city, Kessler live-streamed himself as an attendee questioned him and apologized for an undisclosed spat during Kessler’s apparent involvement with Occupy. Kessler appeared visibly perturbed by the woman’s presence and reminders of their past association.”
Although Kessler has tried to purge his blog of any writings that might prove embarrassing to his new found friends in the “alt-right”, a trip to the Internet Wayback Machine at archive.org is quite revealing.
On 12/9/2015, Jason Kessler posted these memorable words, forever etched in digital history:
“I can’t think of any occupation that I admire more than the professional provocateur, who has the courage & self-determination to court controversy despite all slings & arrows of the world.”
Earlier, on 12/6/2015, Kessler mused on how the benefits of mass violence:
“We get so caught up in the emotion of the violence that we don’t consider the long-term, historical consequences. To put it bluntly: the planet is overpopulated already. Maybe we shouldn’t try to cure every disease, we shouldn’t confiscate all the harmful drugs, etc. Perhaps we’d be happier if we made peace with the fact that rabid animals are going to dwindle the herd from time to time (as they have in much greater volume throughout history) & that’s not really a bad thing in the long run. Should we try to stop as many large scale attacks as possible? Of course… but I don’t think the zeitgeist should have an aneurysm every time one occurs either. I think we be served to draw some historical perspective on how difficult the human condition has always been & how that is something of a blessing in disguise.”
Later, on 12/11/2015, Jason bemoaned the “The Rapidly Disappearing Center in American Politics “
“The way I see it Americans are all too busy conforming to ever-more rigid, dogmatic & divisive agendas. Where is the party for free thinkers? I consider myself a free speech, pro-abortion, anti-affirmative action, environmentalist, non-interventionist, anti-Cultural Marxist, vegetarian, pro-equality atheist who has close Muslim friends but also recognizes the existential threat of Radical Islam & who recognizes the value immigrants bring to the United States but also recognizes the importance of entering the country legally.”
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One cannot help but ponder…do the “alt-right” members who flooded Charlottesville from all over the country know that they are being led by a self-confessed pro-abortion, environmentalist, atheist with close Muslim friends who values immigrants and supports sanctuary cities?
One last shocking quote from the above mentioned post…
“I still find myself shocked & honestly a little traumatized by it all because I grew up in a world where the right-wingers were the chauvinistic bullies.”
Well, cry me a river, Jason.