Former Police Chief Mark Kessler didn’t take long to bounce back from his firing by the Borough Council of Gilberton, Pa., where city fathers finally had enough of his expletive-laced and conspiracy-riddled “Patriot” rants on video.
Kessler now has a radio show. And for audiences eager to lap up angry, foul-mouthed, anti-liberal rants alongside a heaping helping of right-wing conspiracism, he has partnered for the enterprise with another far-right figure, radio host Pete Santilli.
Santilli’s idea of civil discourse is very similar to Kessler’s. Last May, Santilli told listeners that he wanted to “shoot Hillary Clinton in the vagina” and then watch her slowly die afterward.
Said Santilli: “I want to shoot her right in the vagina and I don’t want her to die right away; I want her to feel the pain and I want to look her in the eyes and I want to say, on behalf of all Americans that you’ve killed, on behalf of the Navy SEALS, the families of Navy SEAL Team Six who were involved in the fake hunt down of this Obama, Obama bin Laden thing, that whole fake scenario, because these Navy SEALS know the truth, they killed them all. On behalf of all of those people, I’m supporting our troops by saying we need to try, convict, and shoot Hillary Clinton in the vagina.”
Kessler announced the radio show on his website, saying the show would be broadcast Mondays and Fridays for one hour. Santilli’s regular show runs daily.
Santilli’s hate-filled rants are reminiscent of those of another of his radio guests, Ted Nugent, who once told an audience onstage, waving an assault rifle, that he wished Clinton would “ride one of these into the sunset.”
They also reflect the same kind of rhetoric Kessler spewed at length in the videos that got him fired. “Fuck all you libtards out there, as a matter of fact, read my shirt,” he says, turning around to show a message on his back which read, “Liberals take it in the ass.”
“You take it in the ass and I don’t give a fuck what you say so you can all just go fuck yourselves. Period. I won’t be going to D.C. and I don’t give a fuck. If you fucking maniacs want to turn this into an armed revolt, knock yourselves out. I’m not about that, so see you on the other side.”
In the wake of his termination, Kessler has turned conspiratorial on his own website, writing about his own case in the third person: “The real reason he was suspended was because elites in Washington D.C. demanded his JOB for videos depicting the Chief exercising his First & second amendment right! although the Videos are spicy the Chief violated no policy, broke no law, because the chief stood his ground and said no more, no more will he stand idle and watch as his country crumbles, for this the Chief was selectively persecuted by elected elites who only want to instill their will onto Americans despite what we the people say! so now Gilberton, officials sided with tyranny, abandoned the constitution & folded like a deck of cards.”
Kessler, when contacted by SPLC reporter Ryan Lenz about his termination, insisted he would take legal action against the Gilberton town fathers. And then he launched into a vicious verbal assault on the SPLC and Lenz.
“Russia needs real good people. Why don’t you get on a boat, and take your whole organization with you?” Kessler said. “You’re disgusting. You’re vile creatures. You don’t belong in this country.”