White Supremacists End Charlottesville Candidate’s Campaign

White Supremacists End Charlottesville Candidate's Campaign

The race for a seat on Charlottesville’s City Council just got a little smaller.

One potential candidate, known only as “D.G.” in court documents, has dropped out of the race. After putting the pieces together, reporters discovered that “D.G.” stands for Don Gathers, a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Charlottesville, and the co-founder of the city’s Black Lives Matter chapter. He’s no stranger to receiving threats, but the increased number and intensity of recent threats forced Gathers to reconsider his run for city council.

Daniel McMahon, a white supremacist who endorsed the actions of neo-nazis at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, was responsible for the racially-motivated threats. The rally resulted in the death of a counter-protester, who was run over by a car driven by a white supremacist. McMahon allegedly threatened Gathers by telling him “to fear death and serious bodily injury” if he were to continue the campaign.

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While the Black Lives Matter movement has its own share of controversies and hate-filled rhetoric, America is not a country that tolerates hatred and bigotry. Threatening a potential political official is an offense with grave consequences.

If McMahon is convicted, then he’s looking at five years in prison for each charge of cyberstalking and transmission of threats. Additionally, he’ll receive one year for “bias-motivated election interference” charges.

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