Last year the tranquil college town of Charlottesville, Virginia became the site of a violent “Unite the Right” alt-right protest and now identify of the bearded white man who assaulted a black man has been revealed thanks to a Propublica-“Frontline” investigation.
The NY Daily News reports that Michael Miselis, a Los Angeles doctoral student with a U.S. government security clearance was the man behind the red MAGA hat who attacked demonstrators who called for peace and equity during the racist rally.
Hundreds of people showed up to the rally some to march in the “Unite the Right” event and others to protest it.
The mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, condemned the protest as a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.”
“I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus,” he went on.
Propublica and “Frontline” scoured the internet to identify Miselis who was caught on video visciously beating a Black protester with taped fists.
It’s likely just a matter of time before Miselis gets blowback from this information laying out his racist brutality. He is reportedly a Ph.D. student at UCLA’s aerospace engineering program. He also holds a government security clearance as part of his work for contractor Northrop Gumman, which runs a plant in Redondo beach, the Daily News reports.
Reporters confronted Miselis at his home about the investigation. He denied involvement.
They “got the wrong guy,” he said.