The Unite the Right rally last August brought the lurking specter of white nationalism to the mainstream’s attention.
Even though a few far-right figures remain determined to hold a rally tomorrow outside the White House, this crackdown has caused a major fracturing, making it increasingly unlikely that many of the major figures will, or even can, return to lend support. Here’s a rundown of some of the main far-right figures from last year’s rally, and a look at where they are now.
Jason Kessler’s 15 minutes of fame started and ended at Charlottesville last August.
Kessler has spent a good portion of the last year being ostracized by other far-right figureheads, and is – along with two dozen other white nationalists – facing a massive lawsuit in 2019 that claims that he was responsible for the violence.
This is the organizer of the Unite the Right rally where Heather Heyer died. pic. Cantwell spent most of the last year in Virginia awaiting trial for an assault and battery charge, for which he eventually pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence.
Despite still being an active white nationalist, Cantwell’s popularity in the community has imploded after he claimed in March that he’s working as an FBI informant.Join The Conversation