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White Nationalist Fired For Attending Virginia Rally (Photos)

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A white nationalist was fired from his job for attending the "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 13.

Cole White, who was named by Twitter user "Yes, You’re a Racist" as being present at the rally, was fired by the Top Dog restaurant in Berkeley, California, reports the Daily Mail.

A spokesman for the restaurant told reporters that for now, they "feel it is imperative to let you know that Cole White is no longer employed by Top Dog, LLC."

The rally, which the Southern Poverty Law Center described as "largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States," attracted thousands from neo-Nazi groups, the Ku Klux Klan and other far-right organizations.

The rally was inspired by the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park.

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Thousands of counter-protesters were also in attendance, and the event turned violent, culminating in one death and 19 injuries when alleged white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly drove into a crowd of counter-protestors.

Two Virginia state troopers also died when their helicopter crashed while responding to the violence, reports The New York Times.

Another person identified by "Yes, You're Racist" was Peter Cvjetanovic, a student at the University of Nevada, Reno. Cvjetanovic, 20, was named as the angry torch-bearing person in one of the most widely-circulated photos from the rally.

He denied being the person in the picture, but did confirm that he was present, explaining that he traveled to the march "for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture," reports KTVN. He went on to share his thoughts on the removal of the Lee statue:

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It is not perfect; there are flaws to it, of course. However I do believe that the replacement of the statue will be the slow replacement of white heritage within the United States and the people who fought and defended and built their homeland. Robert E Lee is a great example of that. He wasn't a perfect man, but I want to honor and respect what he stood for during his time.

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson released a statement in response. "Racism and white supremacist movements have a corrosive effect on our society. ... These movements do not represent our values as a university. We denounce any movement that targets individuals due to the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, political beliefs, sexual orientation, ability/disability, or whether they were born in our country."

Cvjetanovic, in turn, issued a response to Johnson.

"I do not think they have the right to expell me from a public university," he said. "I went to a legal political rally to express my freedom of speech. I committed no acts of violence, and dispersed when told that the rally had become illegal. Therefore I did nothing illegal at that rally. I am allowed to express my political beliefs and if UNR does expel me, then it is a clear violation of my first amendment."

President Donald Trump has been widely criticized for his response to the events at the rally.

According to a New York Times source, a wide range of advisers urged the president to sharply criticize the white nationalists, but instead he placed the blame "on many sides."

Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer praised Trump's comment, saying: "He didn't attack us. ... [He] refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him."

Sources: Daily Mail, KTVN, The New York Times (2) / Featured Image: bptakoma/Flickr / Embedded Images: Twitter via Daily Mail

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