Washington State University student James Allsup, who was recently outed as a participant in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on August 12, stepped down from his position as the school’s College Republicans club president on Monday. On Twitter, Allsup, who claimed he attended the rally in a media capacity, wrote that his resignation was “already in [the] works” before the rally and that it was his decision to “expedite” the process.
"WSU CRs had no involvement in #UniteTheRight and they as a group should not be held accountable for any individual's alleged actions," he tweeted.
In a statement, College Republicans National Committee Chairman Chandler Thornton condemned the "vile, racist, and cowardly acts committed by white supremacists in Charlottesville."
"Universities are places where controversial voices must be heard – even those voices that many in our community disagree with," he wrote. "We will continue university-wide conversations with the WSU community on how to best support everyone. There are no easy answers."
Still, the question remains: Who was Allsup before he was outed at the violent University of Virginia rally?
In an interview with Spokane's KREM TV station, Allsup was adamant that people calling him out on social media "have no proof that I'm a racist."
"They are slandering me and that I'm racist without evidence because I talk about history and I talk about American politics," he said.
When The Stranger e-mailed Allsup for comment, the WSU student responded, saying, "I don't talk to fake news."
Allsup, a political science student, runs a semi-popular YouTube channel, which has more than 145,000 subscribers. His videos include "Triggered College Kids Get 'Microaggressed,'" "The Battle to Put America First," and "America is Not a 'Melting Pot' | The Real History of U.S. Immigration." His YouTube page also shows that he has participated in interviews with AltRight.com and RedIceTV, which posts videos such as "The War on Whites Is Real."
The WSU student also appears in another video, above, in Charlottesville. YouTube user RelevantBisCuit, who claims Allsup took down the original video, re-uploaded it "for historical purposes." In the video, Allsup says he is marching with alt-right leader Baked Alaska. As he walks, he calls a passerby a "pussy," refers to the Confederate flag as a "symbol of heritage," and fawns over white nationalist Richard Spencer when he pulls over his car to greet supporters.
"Holy shit, that was Richard Spencer!" Allsup says from behind the camera. "Richard, thank you, thank you."
Later in the video, Allsup refers to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke as "the Dukester."
.@bakedalaska and thirty other neo-Nazis gang up on an old man, rip his hat off his head and knock him to the ground. #Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/U7kwvRLUcE
— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) August 12, 2017
In a Twitter video, above, uploaded by video producer Vic Berger IV, Allsup confronts an older man and asks, "How much work does the SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center] do to counter anti-white racism? … Oh, you don’t think being racist against whites is a problem?”
After writing about Allsup's outing, about a dozen people claiming to have been his classmates forwarded The Stranger screenshots from the WSU's student's personal Facebook page, in which Allsup makes sexist, anti-Semitic, and transphobic comments.
On February 12, Allsup posted a photo of himself in a green jumpsuit with a hat that reads "BORDER PATROL" to his Facebook.
Here he is using anti-trans rhetoric:
Allsup has also made multiple anti-Semitic comments on Facebook posts:
He also made sexist and misogynistic remarks. In a Facebook messenger exchange, Allsup wrote: "Women are literally ALL retarded” and “There is not a single woman on earth that isn’t a retard.”
When asked whether university officials are considering action against Allsup for his participation in the Charlottesville rally or for his comments on social media, WSU Spokesperson Matt Haugen said that the university "cannot comment on individual student issues per FERPA [Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act] requirements."