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.