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White supremacists carry Confederate and Nazi flags during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. Organizers of the rally had asked demonstrators to leave Nazi symbols at home.
More than 35,000 messages from the “Charlottesville 2.0” forum were shared by Unicorn Riot, a cache far exceeding the individual screenshots previously published by Unicorn Riot and reported on by other media outlets.
The chat rooms also included tips on defensive gear like body armor and shields.
From their communications it’s clear the rally’s organizers knew what they were doing had the potential to provoke violence.Originally created for video gaming enthusiasts to converse via text and calls while playing their favorite games, Discord became a meetup place for members of the far right in the run-up to the 2016 election.Many of the Discord channels Reveal reviewed were shut down by the company in the days following the Charlottesville rally.“Bring your MAGA hats if you’ve got ’em,” Kessler wrote in a June post.“If Antifa fucks with us it’ll look like average Trump supporters …Plans for deployment during the rally were complex and detailed, including schematics that resembled battle plans – or football plays.The planning even included what to do if questioned by police following any violent altercations with counterprotesters.Keeping these particular symbols of white supremacy out of sight at the rally was part of a strategy to win more followers.In one chat, a user suggests that National Rifle Association members are only a good, strong push away from advocating open white supremacy. 12 failed in their ability to control the Charlottesville, Va., crowd that had been whipped up into a frenzy by white nationalist rhetoric. The group’s best-laid plans failed spectacularly, unraveled by organizers’ inability to control the Charlottesville, Virginia, crowd that had been whipped up into a frenzy by the rhetoric of the white nationalist movement.Credit: Steve Helber/Associated Press Organizers of the Unite the Right rally had a clear plan, according to the group’s chat and conference calls: Avoid obvious neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan symbols. A review of the chat logs and audio recordings by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting shows that the event’s organizers worked to obscure the most racist elements of their movement from public view, yet did not want to repudiate it internally.