The organiser of a white supremacist march in Washington DC at the weekend has been left red-faced, after a video emerged showing him being scolded by his father during an interview in his family home.
Jason Kessler, 34, organised last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, which resulted in the death of counter protester Heather Heyer. He organised an anniversary march in DC this weekend, which was attended by a few dozen people, and dwarfed by a huge counter-protest.
In a clip circulated on Tuesday, originally filmed in June, he was recording an hour-long livestream with the alt-Right Patrick Little discussing Jews, when his father barged in furiously told him off, mid-interview.
“Hey! You get out of my room!” yelled Eric Kessler, Jason Kessler’s father.
Mr Little, 33, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for a Senate seat in California, chuckles at the interruption of his neo-Nazi conspiracy theories concerning Jews, castration and slavery.
He asks: “You got a drunk roommate there?”
Looking sheepish, Mr Kessler tried to explain the situation to his friend, saying: “I have somebody who supports Israeli, uh… orthodox… We are kind of at crosshairs on that right now.”
His father presses on, yelling at Mr Kessler: “I want this to stop in my room, Jason. This is my room.”
Mr Little can be heard sniggering as Mr Kessler excuses himself and walks off-screen.
“You’re not living with an Orthodox Jew are you?” Mr Little asks.
Mr Kessler tries to explain the rift in his house, saying: “My family watches the History Channel and it’s all this propaganda – ‘the Nazis’ and ‘the Jews’."
He goes on to complain his father is “cucked” — an insult often used by the alt-Right — because he watches “constant anti-German propaganda” on the History Channel.
When he wants to express his views on Jews, he retreats to his father’s bedroom, he explained.
“And I’m stuck in this situation where, with all these lawsuits, I need to stay with my family.”
Mr Little nods, explaining that he is planning on renting out the houseboat on which he lives to pay for his expenses.
Eric Kessler told The Washington Post earlier this year that his family was “dismayed across the board about this situation. We’ve never identified with racial politics.”
He added that despite living in the same house he had very little interaction with his son since he learned of his radical views, shortly before last year’s rally.
Jason Kessler, however, told the paper that he has been treated unfairly.
“I’ve been turned into an avatar of hate,” he said.