CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — When James Alex Fields joined the hordes of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August, police say he was promptly embraced.
He had driven overnight, packing only a change of clothes. Sporting the white polo shirt and khaki pants uniform of Vanguard America, a white supremacist group that helped organize the gathering, he was given a shield bearing its logo.
In photos and videos, he could be seen taking part in its demonstrations as the rally’s fervor boiled over into violence. But then he used his Dodge Challenger to drive into a crowd of anti-racist counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more, and Vanguard America wanted nothing to do with him.
The attack became a flashpoint that would be used in the months ahead to mark the point when the alt-right movement started losing air. Over time, its leaders were kicked off the internet platforms that had become their biggest source of power. A year later, the movement as it was had become a whisper of its former self. >>>>>Still, there appeared to be only one person in the courtroom attending to support him: his mother. 🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨 Womp Womp WOOOOOOOOMMMP!!!!!