Pete Tefft, who attended several white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, told CNN affiliate WDAY he’s not a racist and denounced the Nazi designation but didn’t contest the fascist label.
Tefft, who is from Fargo, North Dakota, was one of hundreds who traveled to Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. He was first identified by the Twitter account @YesYoureRacist, which has been outing far-right demonstrators.
Two days later, Tefft’s father submitted a piece to the In forum in which he denounced Tefft’s “vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions.”
“Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer,” the father wrote. “I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.”