â€œI Try to Stay Out of His Political Viewsâ€
The mother of suspected domestic terrorist James Fields Jr., charged with plowing into counter-protesters yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia, believed her sonâ€™s white supremacist rally â€œhad something to do with Trump.â€Â
James Fields Jr., an Ohio resident, was taken into custody shortly after he allegedly drove a car through anti-racism protestors, leaving one dead and injuring 19 others. The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a local paralegal.
The Anti-Defamation League posted a photo of a man who appears to be Fields Jr., brandishing a shield at yesterdayâ€™s rally. The shield was distributed by fascist group Vanguard America:
â€” Oren Segal (@orensegal) August 13, 2017
Following her sonâ€™s arrest, Fieldsâ€™ mother spoke with the Toledo Blade, acknowledging that her son had attended the rally in Virginia. She noted that he had texted her the day prior to advise heâ€™d â€œdropped his cat offâ€ at her apartment so that he could attend an â€œalt-rightâ€ rally.
â€œI told him to be careful,â€ Samantha Bloom told the newspaper. â€œ[And] if theyâ€™re going to rally to make sure heâ€™s doing it peacefully.â€
Bloom told reporters amidst tears that it didnâ€™t appear to have been a peaceful rally, and that her son hadnâ€™t offered her details about the extremist nature of his activities. â€œI thought it had something to do with Trump,â€ she said.
â€œI try to stay out of his political views,â€ Bloom continued. â€œI donâ€™t get too involved.â€ According to public records reviewed by The Daily Beast, Fields Jr. was registered as a Republican in 2016.
Last night, the Justice Department opened a federal investigation into yesterdayâ€™s events in Charlottesville. Fields Jr. has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at a fatal accident.
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