Over the weekend, white nationalists descended on the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, for the Unite the Right rally. Held at Emancipation Park where a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee is scheduled for removal, the rally quickly spun out of control when clashes took place between thousands of far right protesters and thousands of counter protesters.
One counter protester, Heather Heyer, was killed and many more injured when James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people. A former history teacher of Fields, who spoke to CNN, described the man as a "Nazi sympathizer."
Peter Tefft also took part in the Unite the Right rally, and in a lengthy Facebook post, he appeared to defend the driver who killed Heather Heyer, instead blaming "the police, the city of Charlottesville and the state of Virginia." In an interview with Valley News Live, Tefft said the man was acting in self-defense and that he shouldn't be charged as a domestic terrorist.
And his father isn't very happy about it. After spotting his son in a news interview, Pearce Tefft, Peter Tefft's father, wrote an open letter on local news website Inforum denouncing his son in a post that has since gone viral.