You might have seen VICE News Tonight‘s Charlottesville doco, where a reporter embedded herself among a bunch of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, with the goal of finding out the motivations behind the violence at the rally.
One of the primary movers and shakers in that video was a bloke named Chris Cantwell, who spent his time in the mini-doco agitating for violence and race war. “We’re not non-violent,” he told VICE. “We’ll fucking kill these people if we have to.”
He also expressed contempt for black victims of police violence, describing them as “thugs” and expressed a desire to see someone far more racist than Donald Trump elected as President of the United States.
Well, he’s certainly changed his tune from the tough guy theatrics. In a video he uploaded online after he realised that police have a warrant out for his arrest, he cries in fear over the thought that they will hurt him.
Referring to the police, Cantwell says “I’m terrified, I’m afraid you’re going to kill me, I really am.”
Of course, zero reflection on the comments he made earlier about black victims of police violence and brutality, but that’s hardly to be expected at this point. Despite his earlier comments calling for violence, he now says that the rally was never meant to be violent:
And I’m watching CNN talk about this as violent, white nationalist protest — we have done everything in our power to keep this peaceful. We are trying to make this peaceful, we are trying to be law abiding.
I want to be peaceful, I want to be law abiding, okay? That was the whole entire point of this.
Anti-hate advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Centre describes Cantwell as a “36-year-old self-proclaimed fascist” who “argues for an Anglo ethno-state free of African-Americans, Jews and non-white immigrants.”