Nathan Damigo, leader of the California-based white nationalist organization Identity Evropa, says that the violent 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend that left three dead might turn out to be an opportunity to connect with more recruits for his organization.
“I think there's going to be a lot of people who are going to, for the first time, realize that they're not getting the full story,” he told KQED in an interview on Monday.
Damigo, who KQED profiled in the wake of his involvement in the Charlottesville protest, was a scheduled speaker and helped organize the event. He served a four-year prison sentence for robbing a cab driver at gunpoint in 2007, then gained online fame when he was caught on video punching a female counter-protester in the face during a violent rally in Berkeley earlier this year. After police intervened during street fights between white supremacist attendees and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, he was arrested for failing to disperse and then was released.
Speaking on the phone, he compared the event and its fallout to contentious marches during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. “I think there will be some people that, as a result of that process, will come over to us," he said.