Family rejects man outed as Nazi at Charlottesville rally

The Fargo man was among those identified by Twitter user "Yes, you're racist."

The family of a Fargo man pictured attending the white supremacist rally in Virginia says it "wholly rejects him."

Pete Tefft was among those photographed at the "Unite the Right" event in Charlottesville, which was attended by neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, and other white supremacist groups.

His image was then shared by the viral Twitter account "Yes, You're Racist," which has been outing people who attended the rally.

Tefft's identification led to members of his family being subjected to harassment and threats of violence, which prompted them to release a statement on Sunday evening in which they described him as a "crazy Nazi."

His father, Pearce Tefft, wrote a letter to the Fargo Forum in which he repudiates "my son's vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions," saying he didn't learn his beliefs from home.

"Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer. I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast."

"We reject him wholly – both him personally as a vile person who has HIMSELF made violent threats against our family, and also his hideous ideology, which we abhor," Tefft's nephew, Jacob Scott, told WDAY.

"We are all bleeding-heart liberals who believe in the fundamental equality of all human beings. Peter is a maniac, who has turned away from all of us and gone down some insane internet rabbit-hole, and turned into a crazy nazi."

They continue to say the family doesn't feel safe around him, but despite their opposition to everything he stands for they have still been targeted for harassment. Tefft's sister was threatened at her place of work "under the assumption that she must be a Nazi."

Tefft's tweets from the weekend

On his Twitter account Sunday, Tefft was arguing his stance with other commenters, and also posted the following, declaring: "We're right."

MPR notes that in an interview two weeks ago, Tefft described himself as a "pro-white activist," and describes the term "Nazi" as "kinda like our N-word."

He repeated this contention on Twitter, responding to a commenter by saying: "Nazi is a racial slur against whites. Some in attendance were National Socialists but not all. Ud know if the speakers were able to speak."

MPR notes that the actions of "Yes, You're Racist" doesn't appear to flout Twitter rules. The social media site doesn't ban the identifying of people pictured in public settings.

Prior to the rally, Tefft posted a picture of himself in front of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, the potential tearing down of which is what prompted the Unite the Right rally in the first place.

Next Up

Sanford Health

Sanford Health 'parts ways' with CEO after his face mask comments

Kelby Krabbenhoft had been with the company since 1996.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.


How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

coronavirus, Iowa

MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

covid-19, coronavirus

Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.


Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.


4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

Marcus Carr

Gophers season preview: New lineup, deeper bench, more questions

Mathew Goldstein takes a deep dive into the murky waters of the college hoops season.


Photos: ViV!R, Minneapolis' new Mexican cafe and shop, is now open

The team behind the acclaimed Popol Vuh have opened the cafe in the same space.


At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said


Hundreds gather to show solidarity for Charlottesville victims

Rain didn't deter people from speaking out against racism.

Hundreds gather to show solidarity for Charlottesville victims

Rain didn't deter people from speaking out against racism.

Kirk Cousins' account is the most wholesome thing about Twitter

If you're in need of lift, follow Kirk on Twitter.

Wisconsin juniors display Nazi salutes in prom picture

The prom photo is now going viral on social media.

MN lawmaker called out for anti-transgender tweet

It was posted the morning after two transgender candidates were elected to Minneapolis City Council.

Neo-Nazi group cancels its Eau Clarie 'meet-and-greet'

The National Socialist Movement had planned a Wisconsin rally for September.

President Trump two days after Charlottesville violence: 'Racism is evil'

Trump was criticized for not calling out white nationalists after the Charlottesville violence.