Image via Vice News/HBO
Ladue grad Clark Canepa shown in a screen shot of a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A St. Louis native who marched with white supremacists
during a deadly weekend in Virginia is the nephew of a hard-right internet troll.
Carol Size confirmed she is the aunt of Clark Canepa, the 21-year-old Ladue grad filmed over the weekend in Charlottesville.
"Unfortunately he was there, not sure the details," she tweeted today. "He is a patriotic kid but also very troubled childhood. Long story."
Canepa was first publicly identified by KMOV
after former classmates recognized the Tiki-torch-carrying protester in a video of white supremacists and neo-Nazis filmed by Vice News. The marchers, who descended on the university town in hopes of blocking plans to remove statue of Robert E. Lee, fought with counter protesters. One of the marchers was arrested after he plowed into a crowd of anti-racists, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Canepa's aunt, Size, is well-known to the readers and staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
, where her attacks on liberals and the paper within its comment section are relentless. Her comments have also gotten her blocked on Twitter by the Southern Law Poverty Center
, which studies hate groups.
She's also been a prolific letter writer published in the Post-Dispatch
and Webster-Kirkwood Times.
"Live every day to expose the hypocrisy of the VILE biased MSM," reads the description on her Twitter account. "Exposing what was OK when Clintons & Obama did things, but NOT Trump. WOW!"
In the aftermath of the Charlottesville chaos, Size found a familiar home in the comments sections of a Post-Dispatch
story about local protests, arguing the odds were stacked against whites when seeking employment in the public sector.
"Please also don't forget that our bigotted government like the VA or any government-run entity does business FIRST with anyone who is NOT a a white male," she wrote in response to another comment. "That is the truth. That is pure bigotry and hatred promoted by our very own government."
Size is the sister of Canepa's father, St. Louis businessman Christopher Canepa. When contacted about her nephew by the Riverfront Times
, Size distanced herself from Clark Canepa and said she was "offended" to be asked about him.
"No, I did NOT defend him or the marchers," she replied on Twitter. "I personally think they should have been ignored. I ignore the hate."
She says she is "not close" to her nephew. Later, in a response to a person on Twitter she added, "Well he did what he did so whatever, but there are a lot of innocent family getting linked who couldn't be more opposite. We're very upset."
Size later added one more thought on the matter on Twitter:
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