Republican Rep. Paul Gosar [of Arizona] is suggesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was instigated by "the left" and backed by billionaire George Soros.

The Arizona congressman, in an interview published Thursday by Vice News, described the rally's organizer as "a person from Occupy Wall Street that was an Obama sympathizer."

Blogger Jason Kessler planned the Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. A woman was killed when a car plowed into a group of people at the rally, where white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, has described Kessler as a "relative newcomer to the white nationalist scene." The SPLC noted, "Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler's ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama."

Some conservative outlets and commentators have picked up that portion of the center's description to raise the question of who was to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.

Gosar expanded on the theory in an interview with Vice. "Let's look at the person that actually started the rally. It's come to our attention that this is a person from Occupy Wall Street that was an Obama sympathizer. So, wait a minute, be careful where you start taking these people to," Gosar said.

"And look at the background. You know, you know George Soros is one of those people that actually helps back these individuals. Who is he? I think he's from Hungary. I think he was Jewish. And I think he turned in his own people to the Nazis. Better be careful where we go with those."

Note: Soros is 87 years old, and is Jewish, and is native to Hungary. He did experience the terrors the Nazis inflicted on Hungarian Jews during WWII.

But accusing any Jewish survivor of WWII of having been a collaborator is EXTREMELY offensive. It is completely irresponsible, if no conclusive proof of that allegation exists.

When the Vice News reporter asked Gosar whether he thought Soros was funding the neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, he replied, "Wouldn't it be interesting to find out?"

Gosar's comments aren't sitting well with some conservatives. Commentator Bill Kristol tweeted: "Will other Republicans rebuke him? If not, is this a party to which one can belong?"

A spokesman for Soros' Open Society Foundation told Vice News that Soros was 14 years old when World War II ended and has spent his life supporting efforts to ensure that such terrifying authoritarianism never takes root again.

"He did not collaborate with the Nazis. He did not help round up people. He did not confiscate anybody's property. Such baseless allegations are insulting to the victims of the Holocaust, to all Jewish people, and to anyone who honors the truth. It is an affront to Mr. Soros and his family, who against the odds managed to survive one of the darkest moments in our history," the spokesman said.

Gosar made the statements during an interview about his decision to block his critics on social media.
Congressman suggests Charlottesville instigated by the left - ABC News

Rep. Gosar (R-AR) apparently knows nothing about the laws of slander. Kessler, the Unite the Right rally organizer, spoke hideously and publically afterwards, blaming the death and injuries caused by the white supremacist who drove his car into a crowd on the woman he killed.

“Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist,” Kessler said in the earlier tweet. “Communists have killed 94 million. Looks like it was payback time.”

Kessler COULD be a double agent, agent provocateur or FBI infiltrator. There's no proof that he is, or that he has the former allegiances Rep. Gosar attributed to him.

In any event, none of that would relieve the killer, James Field, of criminal and moral responsibility for her death and for the 19 other attempted murders he committed.

SHAME on this congressman for using his office to promote lies. What this DOES prove is, the white supremacist movement understands it cannot withstand the bright light and fresh air of TRUTH, and if exposed, will dissolve like the noxious mold it is.