Federal authorities have arrested “crying Nazi” Christopher Cantwell for a violent and vulgar risk he allegedly made final yr in an obvious try and extort details about a rival neo-Nazi, new courtroom paperwork reveal.
Based on a federal indictment unsealed on Thursday — first noticed by Seamus Hughes, an extremism researcher at George Washington College — Cantwell is accused of sending a threatening message to an unidentified man over the messaging app Telegram on June 16, 2019.
“So when you don’t need me to return and f*ck your spouse in entrance of your children, then it is best to make your self scarce,” Cantwell allegedly wrote within the message. “Give me Vic, it’s your solely out.”
The message, the indictment alleges, was an try and extort “private figuring out info” a few “man recognized by the on-line pseudonym ‘VM.’”
“Vic” and “VM” each doubtless discuss with the pseudonymous podcast host “Vic Mackey,” a vile and yet-to-be-identified neo-Nazi with whom Cantwell has had a long-running feud.
It’s unclear how the person Cantwell allegedly threatened would possibly know Vic Mackey’s actual id.
Cantwell, a radio host who gained infamy for his function within the lethal 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is charged with two counts of extortionate interstate communications and threatening interstate communications.
According to The Keene Sentinel, federal regulation enforcement brokers had been noticed close to Cantwell’s residence in Keene, New Hampshire, early Thursday morning, though it’s not but confirmed that’s the place the arrest was made.
Cantwell gained nationwide notoriety after being featured in a viral Vice News documentary concerning the violent August 2017 “Unite the Proper” rally. The rally resulted in a neo-Nazi named James Alex Fields Jr. driving his automobile right into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Cantwell additionally participated in a tiki torch-lit march by way of Charlottesville the night time earlier than rally throughout which he chanted “Jews won’t change us!” and at one level assaulted counterprotesters. He was later charged with a number of felonies over the assaults and took a plea deal that sentenced him to time served. He was additionally banned from the state of Virginia for 5 years.
In a video he later posted on-line, Cantwell cried over the felony expenses he acquired for his actions in Charlottesville, incomes him the nickname “the crying Nazi.”
Over the past two years, Cantwell has continued to spout racist and anti-Semitic propaganda on-line and on a pair of radio reveals he hosts.
He has additionally repeatedly harassed and threatened leftist and anti-fascist activists.
“Chris has engaged in violent harassment and threats towards many individuals for a few years,” Emily Gorcenski, an activist who protested in Charlottesville and who says she has since fled the U.S. because of Cantwell’s threats, advised HuffPost. “It’s not stunning he was arrested for it.”
“What’s stunning,” Gorcenski continued, “is that the indictment doesn’t look like linked to any of the folks concerned in his different authorized issues who he repeatedly violently threatened.”
Gorcenski is one among two individuals who have sued Cantwell over his threats and harassment.
Cantwell can also be a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit social justice group Integrity First for America for his function in orchestrating violence in Charlottesville.
“In the present day’s indictment describes solely a tiny fraction of Cantwell’s horrifying observe document of violence and bigotry,” Integrity First for America Government Director Amy Spitalnick stated in an announcement Thursday.
“From orchestrating the Charlottesville violence with the intent of instigating a race battle and gassing Jews, to vile threats towards our lead counsel ― in addition to journalists and others across the nation ― this nation is safer with Cantwell in custody.”
Cantwell is about to look in courtroom Thursday afternoon.
CORRECTION: A earlier model of this text misidentified Integrity First for America as Integrity for America.
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