Conspiracy theorists are targeting Charlottesville victims to try and silence their voices.
Online trolls tried to discredit Heather Heyer’s mother Susan Bro for speaking out about her daughter’s death at Charlottesville’s white nationalist rally.
“So I looked at this whole thing that I’m a crisis actor and that I was also the mother of the kindergarten teacher that was killed at Sandy Hook,” she stated. “And I looked at the pictures, and yes, we do look similar at the time and the reason is I think my face was so bloated because I had sobbed all night long.”
Marcus and Marissa Martin were with Heather Heyer when James Fields allegedly drove into protesters. Marcus broke his leg saving Marissa, his future wife, but that didn’t stop theories from forming that he was an actor and a stuntman.
“The internet is full of trolls and that’s it, that’s all it is,” stated Marissa. “They just looking for a reaction just like the white supremacists, just like the neo-Nazis. They’re looking for a reaction.”
Right-wing media outlets like Alex Jones’ show give oxygen to these conspiracy theories, and many of them have real consequences, leading to harassment and death threats.
“Hate groups often live off of conspiracy theories because that’s their way of controlling their audience, and changing the narrative to suit them,” stated Bro. “They thrive on conspiracy theories.”