“It’s just wrong, they said some terrible things,” Pearce Tefft said, referring to comments directed toward his family.
In his letter to the public, Pearce Tefft said he is breaking his silence on his son’s views because one reason Nazism took root in the world was because people hesitated to stand up against what they knew to be wrong.
“It was the silence of good people that allowed the Nazis to flourish the first time around, and it is the silence of good people that is allowing them to flourish now,” Pearce Tefft said.
Jacob Scott Weiber, Peter Tefft’s nephew, said in an interview with WDAY TV that the majority of the Tefft family are progressive-minded people.
“Our grandfather, Pearce, who is Peter’s father, taught us all to believe in the fundamental equality of all human beings, and we all believe in social justice and equality,” Wieber said.
“His (Peter Tefft’s) mind has been poisoned by stuff he’s found on this crazy rabbit hole he’s gone into,” added Wieber, who cautioned people not to judge the rest of the family on the actions and beliefs of one member.
“It’s just been a great, big headache,” Wieber said. “I would say these people are motivated by the right motivations – Nazis should not have a welcome place in this country – but they’re targeting the wrong people. It’s friendly fire, in a way.”
Wieber said that if he could say one thing to his uncle, “I would say if he has any love left in his little hateful heart for us, he should change his name.”
Peter Tefft said he went to Charlottesville to hear speakers give talks, listen to music and to exercise the right to free speech.
“We’re not politically incorrect, we’re factually correct,” he said, adding, “I’m certainly not a hateful person.”
Labeled a Nazi by some, Peter Tefft said he feels the word is a racial slur against white people. “I don’t appreciate being called it,” he said.
Peter Tefft added that he doesn’t hold anything against non-whites, and he said “there’s no objective way to weigh my race against another.”
Peter Tefft also said he is looking to organize a pro-white civil rights event in Fargo to be held sometime in October. He said he expects 200 to 300 local residents would attend.