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Shocker: Charlottesville Driver Was Obsessed with Nazism

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 12:06 pm

The first hint of James Fields’s ideology has emerged, from a former teacher of his. Surprising precisely nobody, he turns out to have been a Nazi sympathizer:

The accused driver, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, had espoused extremist ideals at least since high school, according to Derek Weimer, a history teacher.

Weimer said that he taught Fields during his junior and senior years at Randall K. Cooper High School in Kentucky. In a class called “America’s Modern Wars,” Weimer said that Fields wrote a deeply researched paper about the Nazi military during World War II.

“It was obvious that he had this fascination with Nazism and a big idolatry of Adolf Hitler,” Weimer said. “He had white supremacist views. He really believed in that stuff.”

Weimer said that Fields’s research project into the Nazi military was well written but appeared to be a “big lovefest for the German military and the Waffen-SS.”

This deals a blow to any incipient alt-right conspiracy theory that, oh, maybe his gas pedal got stuck. Yesterday perennial alt-right defender John Cardillo — in between issuing tweets blaming the wrong person, and talking about how “the right is finally fighting back” so you have to “strap in” because it’s “going to get bumpier” — filled his Twitter timeline with theories about how this might be a false flag operation. Guess that theory is done.

Time for Cardillo and his ilk to move to Plan B: proclaim the need for Fields to be tried for murder while spending all your time denouncing Antifa.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. Yesterday, I kept an open mind as to whether the driver was guilty or not (early reports are so often wrong). My thought as to why he might not be guilty is if it was self-defense; if, as has happened in the past, protestors were blocking cars in and attacking them. Under such circumstances, I’d have no problem with someone stomping on the gas (as a means of escape).

    However, *if* today’s reports are anywhere close to accurate, this was murder. And, IMHO, terrorism.

    I don’t have much sympathy for the left, though; it’s their behavior that’s making it no big deal when the right, or the alt-right, or anybody, starts behaving the same way.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 8/13/2017 @ 1:12 pm

  2. As much as I agree this act was terrorism and evil I’ll need more than a well researched high school paper on the German Military circa 1940 to indict this murderer as a Nazi sympathizer.

    Comment by Sean — 8/13/2017 @ 2:43 pm

  3. It’s the Stalinist Antifa anarchists vs the Hitler-alt-right white supremecists. I don’t identify with either side but they both have a right to express themselves. Or they used to. Now I guess e?it’s society has decided it’s okay to be the former but not the latter.

    It was a cowardly crime to attack the anarchists, but it was also a violation of the alt-right’s civil rights to stop the police from protecting their demonstration.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/14/2017 @ 7:57 am

  4. I think anarchist/Stalinist ideology is just as flawed as fascist/Nazi ideology, but the emerging American consensus seems to be that we can tolerate and even like the former but we must despise the latter.

    I think we should try to expose the flaws in these ideologies, but we have to tolerate them both.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/15/2017 @ 6:40 am

  5. Some of this is bullshit, such as the equating an interest in the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS with being a Nazi. An acquaintance of mine has published books on the Wehrmacht and SS. And yet, he is not a Nazi. Did not even vote for Trump, astonishingly.

    Comment by SPQR — 8/15/2017 @ 10:45 am

  6. The alt-right had an ACLU-assisted permit to assemble but the state and local government did nothing to protect their right to protest. In fact, the government acted like the anarchists were the ones who had the permit, instead of the ones disrupting it. Trump should direct Sessions to open an investigation into whether the alt-right’s civil rights were violated.

    It’s been 40 years since Skokie . We need a refresher on what government must do to protect speech, especially speech as don’t like.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/16/2017 @ 3:00 am

  7. As my first link states, both groups had permits but the police did not act to protect either group:

    “It is the responsibility of law enforcement to ensure safety of both protesters and counter-protesters. The policing on Saturday was not effective in preventing violence. I was there and brought concerns directly to the secretary of public safety and the head of the Virginia State Police about the way that the barricades in the park limiting access by the arriving demonstrators and the lack of any physical separation of the protesters and counter-protesters on the street were contributing to the potential of violence. They did not respond. In fact, law enforcement was standing passively by, seeming to be waiting for violence to take place, so that they would have grounds to declare an emergency, declare an ‘unlawful assembly’ and clear the area.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/16/2017 @ 3:03 am

  8. Forty years ago, we had cops who could prevent riots. Now, thanks to the equal employment opportunity acts and court decisions, police departments are full of cowardly little sissies, hiding behind their badges and guns, capable only of shooting young black men and white women and burning the faces off of babies in cribs with incendiary grenades.

    Comment by nk — 8/16/2017 @ 4:45 am

  9. “One Ranger, one riot”, was a 100 years ago and 2,000 miles west. There were no Frank Hamers or Lone Wolf Gonzaullas’s in Charlottesville, and I’d even venture to say that they’re also in that part of American history the Left wants to revise.

    Comment by nk — 8/16/2017 @ 5:18 am

  10. They should have set up barriers to keep the groups separated. They could have kept them blocks apart. It would have protected the protesters, the town residents, and law enforcement. I’m with the ACLU on this. I think they wanted this to happen.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/16/2017 @ 6:29 am

  11. Maybe not all cops are sissies. In Chicago, anyway. They arrested three antifas disrupting a courthouse.

    I know that courthouse well. I had a lot of preliminary hearings there back when.

    Comment by nk — 8/16/2017 @ 6:37 am

  12. I would be a cowardly cop and there may be some, but the ones I know aren’t cowardly.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/16/2017 @ 6:53 am

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