White Nationalists Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Riot in Charlottesville

A pair of “very fine people” pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to riot at the violent and deadly “Unite The Right” rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. The event saw clashes between participants of the gathering — tiki torch-wielding white nationalists — and protesters. One such protester, Heather Heyer, was fatally hit by a vehicle driven by one demonstrator.

Benjamin Daley and Michael Miselis, both of California, allegedly traveled across the country to attend the Charlottesville rally and engage in violence with protesters, according to federal prosecutors. They are the second pair of men arrested and charged with conspiracy to riot at the “Unite the Right” event.

All four are affiliated with the white nationalist group known as Rise Above Movement, with Daley being one of the principal founders of the radical right-wing group.

Rise Above Movement, primarily centered on the West Coast, has caught the attention of both local and federal law enforcement agencies. The group has cultivated a reputation for organizing and participating in violence at white nationalist rallies in California, Oregon and Washington, among other places over the past few years.

Last fall, three members of the white nationalist group were arrested by the FBI for their roles in inciting violence at “Make America Great Again” rallies in Huntington Beach and Berkeley, California, as well as an anti-Muslim rally in San Bernardino, California, in 2017.

And Rise Above Movement is just one of many radical right-wing groups that have been routinely organizing violence at political rallies since 2016. Earlier this year, it was revealed that members of the Portland Police Department were actively colluding with members of the radical right-wing group, Patriot Prayer. In one instance, a member of the department’s anti-riot team gave advance warning to Patriot Prayer’s leader that one of the group’s members was being sought for arrest after attempting to drive a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters.

President Donald Trump, when asked to comment on the events in Charlottesville in 2017, infamously remarked that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the rally, including those affiliated with the Rise Above Movement and other white nationalists in attendance. For a brief moment, Trump walked back on this statement, but he has more recently doubled down on this claim after former Vice President Joe Biden publicly criticized those remarks.

In a late April interview, Trump tried to disingenuously characterize the “Unite the Right” rally as consisting of people simply protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, stating that Lee was “a great general, whether you like it or not.”

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President Trump knows exactly what message he’s sending when he tries to revise history and support white nationalists. The president knows that in doing so, he’s further cementing his support base among the most virulent, radical right-wing extremists in the United States. One need only look at his public statements embracing nationalism and his repeated refusal to condemn white supremacists.

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danii pyesterday

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Kevin Strom
Kevin Strom3 days ago

"White nationalist violence" has killed fewer people than falls in the bathroom. Black and non-White immigrant violence have killed hundreds of times more -- but we're not supposed to notice that.

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Emily J
Emily J3 days ago

How can these racists be allowed to display that obscene symbol in public, sickening

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Leo C
Leo C3 days ago

Thank you for posting!

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Janet B
Janet B4 days ago

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Ben O
Ben O5 days ago

What is wrong with those idiots...? -Signed the petition of course!

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Ruth S
Ruth S5 days ago

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Ruth S5 days ago

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