Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Let’s Troll Unite The Right Planner Kessler By Pointing Out His Jewish Surname

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.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.