Livingston County News | Antifascist group outs Honeoye Falls man as Charlottesville marcher – “No Nazis in our neighborhood,” read the words emblazoned in large, bold type across the tops of the fliers, which also show a picture of a group of demonstrators carrying tiki torches on the campus of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville the night of Aug. 11. One man carrying a torch near the bottom right corner of the image is circled.
The fliers identify the circled man as Jerrod Kuhn and claim that he is a “leading figure with the Daily Stormer, an avowedly neo-Nazi website around which local groups have been organizing to promote anti-Semitism, white supremacy and violence against LGBTQ communities.”
Speaking early Wednesday afternoon outside his Honeoye Falls residence, Kuhn staunchly denied being a neo-Nazi, calling the assertion “a crazy accusation.”
“I’m not a neo-Nazi. I don’t belong to a German workers’ party from 1933,” he said. “… I’m a moderate Republican.”
Kuhn, a 2015 graduate of Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools, said he traveled to Charlottesville solely to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from one of the city’s parks.
“It’s a piece of history, and I thought that it should remain,” he said. “It’s important to me that we preserve American history no matter how ugly the past is it’s associated with.”
While the discussion about the white nationalist march in Charlottesville was contentious, things spiraled out of control when Boykin said President Donald Trump was catering to “the base, racist and white supremacists” with his Sunday speech.
“How dare you call Trump supporters racist, sir,” Gargiulo shouted.
“Oh, my god. You stand-up here and defend Nazis. That shows you’re a racist.” Boykin shot back adding, “Don’t you dare call me what I can call –” before Gargiulo cut in repeating, “How dare you call Trump supporters — not all Trump supporters are racist!” “Those who don’t stand-up and call out the racism coming from Trump and Steve Bannon and Stephon Miller in the White House — those people are racist and they need to be called out for it,” Boykin parried. “How dare you question me on that? You have a lot of nerve”
As Bouldan repeated “guys, hang on, hang on,” the Republican exclaimed, “Yeah, it’s appalling that he would call Americans, Trump supporters racist.”
“Trump supporters are racist,” Boykin interjected. “If you don’t know that, you are exactly the problem, sir.”