Well, color me surprised: one of America’s worst humans, “Unite The Right” organizer Jason Kessler, is not only a coward and a bigot and an unreconstructed moron, he’s also a baldfaced liar. It just so happens Virginia’s legal system ain’t too fond of liars, or so sayeth The Washington Post:
Court records show that on Monday a grand jury in Albemarle County, Va., indicted Jason Kessler, a 34-year-old blogger who planned the “Unite the Right” rally in August that sparked violence in the city and left one woman dead. An arrest order was issued at 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to court records, but it was not clear later in the night whether Kessler had been booked by police. Kessler did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and attorney information was not immediately available.
Local media reported that the perjury charge was related to a statement Kessler gave to a magistrate judge in January after he scuffled with [James Taylor] on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.
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Back in January, Kessler started a petition to remove Charlottesville’s Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy from office, after going all Inspector Clouseau and digging through Bellamy’s social media crates until he found some shit to smear on him. Might as well give credit where credit is due, I guess; Bellamy’s tweets were pretty gnarly, and holding him accountable for them is the right thing to do. But let’s not pretend that’s why Kessler did it or anything. In fact, we don’t have to:
Charlottesville-based blogger Jason Kessler, an author, unearthed the tweets and published them in an entry on Nov. 24, calling Bellamy “a blatant black supremacist.” He also criticized Bellamy’s campaign to get a statute of Confederate general Robert E. Lee removed from a local park, terming it an effort to “attack white history.”
“In lieu of making headlines for planning Charlottesville highway development, infrastructure and water conservation like other members of city council, it seems that Bellamy has dedicated himself almost exclusively to his Afrocentric racial agenda,” Kessler wrote.
Anyway, his quest to derail Bellamy’s “Afrocentric racial agenda” fatefully brought him to Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall one afternoon, where he had a run-in with a fellow resident named James Taylor, who didn’t take all that kindly to Kessler’s monkeyshines. Some words were exchanged, of which many were doubtlessly among the seven words you can’t say on television, Kessler lost his cool and busted Taylor’s lip because might makes right and totally doesn’t make you an asshole.
Neither does lying about the whole thing, flipping the script and saying Taylor punched him, and pressing assault charges. Those were dropped in March because, well, only one punch was thrown, and it wasn’t at him. He finally pleaded guilty to his own assault charge, whinging about Taylor refusing to tolerate his intolerance every step of the way with another bullshit story.
“James didn’t want to have a conversation with me, he yelled you’re a….and he called me a name,” stated Kessler at sentencing. “I felt threatened and I hit him to get him away from me. I tried to apologize to him, but he ran to the cops…He used the state government to try and force penalty on me.”
For people who claim to love the First Amendment so much, it never ceases to amaze me how often guys like Kessler forget that freedom of speech doesn’t guarantee freedom of consequence for that speech. More’s the pity, I guess.
Even more fateful than Kessler’s visit to the mall that day is the fact that the entire incident was caught on mall security cameras (three cheers for the surveillance state…? Wait a minute…) and proved that even this strategic retreat into victimhood was utter nonsense. There was a verbal altercation, but never at any point did Taylor threaten Kessler in any way, or provide any justification for the assault. In other words, Kessler got nothin’ except a felony perjury charge and a warrant for his arrest because he couldn’t stop lying and playing the victim in order to appease any of his fellow bigots that might be watching.
People like Jason Kessler live in a fantasy world where their end, those famous fourteen words, justifies their means, no matter what. From time to time, reality smacks them upside the head anyway, and we all get an extra scoop of schadenfreude with dessert. But right-wing zealotry cannot fail, it can only be failed, meaning that Kessler and people like him can continue topping from the bottom in perpetuity as long as there are true believers out their to buy the lie. Forcibly ejecting them from polite society with as much indignity as they foist upon others is the only thing that will suffice to break the cycle.