White Nationalist Gains Notoriety After Virginia Violence

Christopher Cantwell was featured in Vice News video, now blocked on Facebook
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2017 7:11 AM CDT

One of the white nationalists who has gotten the most attention after last weekend's violence in Charlottesville is New Hampshire's Christopher Cantwell, thanks to his role in a Vice News documentary about the rally. But the attention isn't necessarily turning out to be a good thing for the 36-year-old. Facebook has banned his Facebook and Instagram accounts, and removed his profile pages and a page linked to a podcast he produces, reports the AP. A spokeswoman for Facebook says they violated the company's rules on hate speech. Cantwell also says his PayPal account has been shut down. "I'm not surprised by almost any of this because the whole thing we are complaining about here is that we are trying to express our views, and everybody is going through extraordinary lengths to make sure we are not heard," he says.

Cantwell also is gaining notoriety over a YouTube video he posted after the rally in Charlottesville in which he fights back tears while talking about his fear that police want to arrest him and will kill him while doing so. He later clarified to Digg that there wasn't an actual warrant out for him. In the Vice video, Cantwell blames counter-protesters for the violence, though at one point, he says, "We’re not non-violent, we’ll f------ kill these people if we have to." After the death of Heather Heyer, he is seen with assault rifles and handguns in a hotel room, per a post at Heavy.com. "These people want violence and the right is just meeting market demands." Also in the video, he faults President Trump for condoning the marriage of Ivanka Trump to the Jewish Jared Kushner. “I don’t think that you can feel about race the way I do and watch that Kushner bastard walk around with the beautiful girl." (Read more white nationalism stories.)

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