Christopher Cantwell, a neo-Nazi who featured prominently in Vice News Tonight’s viral documentary of the Charlottesville protests that ended in terror, released a teary video addressed to police after learning of the warrant for his arrest, claiming “I’m terrified, I’m afraid you’re going to kill me, I really am.”
In the video, which you can watch above, a choked up Cantwell claimed that he was told there is a warrant out for his arrest, and that he was attempting to contact the police as he didn’t think it safe to “go anywhere.”
After a few pauses to pull himself together, a choked up Cantwell claimed “I want to be peaceful, I want to be law abiding, okay? That was the whole entire point of this.”
“And I’m watching CNN talk about this as violent, white nationalist protest — we have done everything in our power to keep this peaceful,” he said. “We are trying to make this peaceful, we are trying to be law abiding.”
Those comments, of course, strike as wildly detached from reality. Cantwell, along with other white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, first descended on Charlottesville Friday night, gathering around a statue of Robert E. Lee with burning torches, throwing Nazi salutes and chanting “Jews will not replace us.”
The next day, armed with assault rifles, tear gas, shields and sticks, the neo-Nazis violently clashed with counter-protestors, until a state of emergency was declared after a 20-year-old white supremacist rammed his car into a group of people, killing one and injuring 19 more.
Cantwell’s tearful pleas are even in stark contradiction with his comments to Vice reporter Elle Reeve, who interviewed him for her report on the rally.
Speaking of violence, Cantwell said “of course we’re capable, I’m carrying a pistol, I go to the gym all the time, I’m trying to make myself more capable of violence.”
Just after the 7-minute mark, you can watch a shirtless Cantwell declare “we’re not nonviolent, we’ll fucking kill these people if we have to.”
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