Elle Reeve, the Vice News Tonight correspondent who hit the headlines after her documentary on the violent white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, went viral while speaking to CNN on Wednesday said that the protestors were not “accidentally getting” involved.
But it was Cantwell who captured the most attention after he admitted to being violent and also blamed Jewish and black people for causing trouble. In the video he recorded, which begins with a show of all the guns in his possession, he says to any officers who might see the video, “I’m armed”.
“I don’t think you could feel about race [as] I do and watch that Kushner b*****d walk around with that lovely girl”, Cantwell said of the pair.
“I called the Charlottesville Police Department and I asked them, I said, ‘I have been told that there is a warrant out for my arrest'”.
He does not mention that black and brown people, of whom he wants to rid the country, feel this fear on a regular basis.
Cantwell’s appearance in VICE’s Charlottesville: Race and Terror report has significantly raised his profile to a suddenly uncomfortable level.
I hope that going forward, Christopher Cantwell’s life looks like it does in this video-choking on his own self-righteousness and assumed victimhood, wondering if he’s about to be arrested, despised by people of conscience, and utterly alone.
The Cantwell clip was filmed on the same weekend that the 36-year-old was featured in the Vice News documentary that screened on HBO Monday.
“I think it was more than justified”, Cantwell said. “[But] we’ll f**king kill these people if we have to”. After authorities force the crowd to disperse by police and declare a state of emergency, Cantwell says, “We’re here obeying the law”, he continues, “and the criminals are over there getting their way”.
“We were alerted by another dater on OkCupid who had been contacted by Cantwell recently”, Melissa Hobley, a spokeswoman for the site, told HuffPost.
After bragging that he was ready for violence at Charlottesville, Chris Cantwell appeared to walk back those claims and say this his group did everything they could to keep the peace at the rally.
OkCupid’s Cantwell ban is effective as a symbolic statement against white supremacy, but its efficacy mostly applies to the company’s public reputation.
“I don’t know what to do”, he said, trying to stop his tears in the video.