There are a lot of Jewish and non-Jewish Kesslers out there — it’s one of those tricky last names. In the days before the year anniversary of the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., one name in particular keeps getting tossed around: Jason Kessler.
The last name Kessler has German and Ashkenzai Jewish origins (fun fact: it means coppersmith), but Kessler, who planned last year’s white supremacist rally, does not appear to be Jewish. In an interview with The Christian Science Monitor, he explained how he jumped from voting for Barak Obama to aligning with the alt-right, casting a ballot for President Trump.
“They weren’t afraid to stand up for men or white people or Christians,” Kessler said of the alt-right. But this year, he adds, “It’s been moving more into an arena of an unhealthy obsession with Jews. Everything is about Jews, Jews, Jews.”
Now, Kessler openly shares that he’s “pro-white” and wants to “stand up” for “his people” against “ethnic cleansing” by “liberal social policies,” Business Insider reported.
Rest assured, we have little reason to believe he is a member of the tribe. Here are a few other Kesslers who do fit the bill.
Daniel Kessler : This Kessler is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the New York City-based band Interpol.
David A. Kessler : This Kessler is an American pediatrician, lawyer, author, and administrator (both academic and governmental). He was the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 1990 to 1997.
Glenn Kessler : This Kessler is an correspondent who writes the popular “Fact Checker” blog for The Washington Post.
This story "Could ‘Unite The Right’ Organizer Kessler Be Jewish?" was written by Alyssa Fisher.