Michael Gould-Wartofsky: I Survived the Neo-Nazi Attack in Charlottesville. Justice Still Hasn’t Been Served.

Five years since the murder of Heather Heyer, the government and law enforcement still coddle right-wing extremists and criminalize peaceful left-wing protesters.

Daily Beast, August 11, 2022

I met the white nationalist who murdered Heather Heyer with his car in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017.

We had crossed paths earlier in the day, as James Alex Fields Jr. and his comrades-in-arms prepared to do battle with “Antifa.” One of the “very fine people” on Donald Trump’s side, he had trained with the U.S. Army and had recently driven his Dodge Challenger all the way from Lake Erie to join the “Unite the Right” rally—a widely publicized gathering of self-avowed white nationalists and other far-right groups—in Virginia.

The stated goal of the rally was to defend a bronze likeness of Robert E. Lee (“the greatest general in the history of our country,” Trump would later call him, approvingly).

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