The man who organized the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last Saturday tweeted that Heather Heyer, the woman who was murdered at the event, a “fat, disgusting communist” and described her death as “payback.”
The organizer, Jason Kessler, deleted the tweet and initially claimed he was hacked. He later deleted that tweet and blamed his online attack on Heyer on a drug cocktail of Xanax, Ambien, and alcohol.
Charlottesville rally organizer says he was intoxicated when he called Heather Heyer "a fat disgusting communist" whose murder was "payback" pic.twitter.com/mPkNjLJ14X
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) August 19, 2017
The original tweet linked to an article by the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, mocking and celebrating Heyer’s death. An staffer for Daily Stormer claimed credit for the alleged “hack” on Gab, a social media site that caters to white nationalists.
Kessler’s account has since been deleted.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Trump insisted that a number of participants in Kessler’s rally were “very fine people.” The night before the rally, these marchers carried torches and chanted “Jews will not replace us.”
“But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest, and very legally protest — because you know, I don’t know if you know, they had a permit,” Trump said. He claimed the counter-protesters did not have a permit, which was false.
The man charged with Hayer’s murder is James Fields, who came from Ohio to attend the white supremacist rally and was reportedly obsessed with Hitler.