Allen Armentrout gained Internet fame this Tuesday after his silent vigil in front of a Confederate monument to General Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. Armentrout stood in Confederate garb with an AR-15 slung over his shoulder and the Confederate flag hoisted over the other as protesters confronted him. One moment captured in an image that went viral showed a woman standing in front of him giving the finger.
Speaking to a local news outlet, Armentrout said that he traveled to Charlottesville to honor Lee, who he called “the greatest American who ever lived,” just days after white supremacists marched with torches through the park, leading to violence that resulted in the death of a counter-protester.
But Thursday, he found out that the college he attends has expelled him before his final year.
“I have been released from my school and will be unable to return to college to finish my senior year,” Armentrout according to WXII News. “I’m processing this and making adjustments to my life to compensate for this scrutiny.”
Allen Armentrout from North Carolina calls Robert E. Lee “the greatest American that ever lived”.
Via Dead State