I was surprised when I saw this:
Going into #UniteTheRight, we knew Charlottesville was a shitlib college town.
We didn’t realize just how unlike the rest of the South it was though. Hillary Clinton won a greater percentage of the White vote in Charlottesville – 76 percent – than anywhere else in Dixie. Compare to liberal strongholds like Travis County, TX (57.8 percent) or Buncombe, NC (51.2 percent). Charlottesville is more liberal than Austin, Asheville, Raleigh-Durham and even NOVA!
Charlottesville was the single most hostile spot we could have chosen to hold a rally in the entire South. Of the 24 counties or county equivalents where Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election, 14 are in Virginia. Hillary only cleared 70 percent of the White vote in Charlottesville, Falls Church, Alexandria and Arlington. Trump actually carried the White vote in most Southern metro areas. Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham, Little Rock, Tampa and Orlando are all shaded red.
What are the implications of this?
1.) Charlottesville was the most hostile terrain for the Alt-Right in the South and the most advantageous to Antifa. And yet, Antifa turnout in Charlottesville really wasn’t that impressive. This was in spite of the friendly local population and the proximity to DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Asheville, etc.
2.) The Alt-Right showed little interest in clashing with Antifa at #UniteTheRight. We had come there for the rally and took up defensive positions. The overwhelming majority of our people either entered Lee Park and began socializing or defended Lee Park from Antifa attacks. If the Alt-Right had wanted to fight Antifa like at Berkeley in April, it would have ended badly for them.
3.) Charlottesville was a 10 hour drive for our group which traveled from Montgomery, AL. It was not a convenient place to hold a Southern rally. This affected our turnout more than anything else. Some of our people came all the way from Arkansas and Texas.
4.) Charlottesville was a Berkeley because of its demographics. It is highly unusual in the South. In fact, anywhere else would have been friendlier terrain. #UniteTheRight would have been held without any issues in Lynchburg, VA.
5.) Charlottesville was the location for #UniteTheRight because of the Lee monument. This map is a handy guide where we have had similar issues with Confederate monuments in shitlib towns like Austin, New Orleans and Gainesville.
Suppose we were to have a second public #UniteTheRight rally. Where would we have it on this map? It would need to be in a red state where police and the governor could be expected to do their jobs. It would need to be more centrally located to maximize turnout in the eastern United States. It would also need to be in or near a large metro area with plenty of hotels at affordable rates.
If we wanted to hold an event on private property, the same reasoning would apply. We could give all the speeches we want on private property and livestream it on social media. We could hold an event without without doxxing or violence with ample time for socializing. There are any number of places where we could hold a torchlight parade like we did in Charlottesville.
ACKSHUALLY, there is a place where all these conditions apply and where there is an attempt by another local government to remove Confederate monuments. We will talk more about that later though.