Leaked messages from a chat room including organizers of the Unite the Right Rally and members of the alt-right reveal the white supremacists had cruel and violent intentions for the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Screenshots of memes and images from the chat app Discord as well as leaked chat room transcripts provided by the media collective Unicorn Riot revealed white supremacists posting offensive memes and “jokes” encouraging violence at the rally and making fun of the protesters who were injured.
Several of the users, including those with user names like "National Socialist Army” and “Führer’s Gas Chamber" posted hate speech and imagery. Also, several people in the chats openly shared images of themselves with semi-automatic weapons, talked about ways to make a weapon from a flagpole, and joked about beating and punching counter-protesters.
Additionally, several of the disturbing running jokes on Discord involved users joking about running protesters over with cars.
One meme referenced running over protesters like tractors in a field
Another used the car that killed Heather Heyer and made a 'Back to the Fuhrer' meme
Images of men with Donald Trump merch and weapons were also posted on the site
Timothy Litzenburg, an attorney representing two women injured in Charlottesville, believes the chats and images provided by Discord could be “the crux of the case,” as they reveal “a little flavor of how [organizers] totally intended on violence and mayhem.”
Litzenburg's clients have already filed a lawsuit against some 28 groups and individuals, including the accused organizers of the rally.
Discord has since deleted the chats in an effort to “take action against white supremacy, Nazi ideology and all forms of hate.”