Featured in a recent Vice News documentary, self-proclaimed anti-Semite and white supremacist Christopher Cantwell is reportedly wanted for arrest on felony charges for attacking counter-protesters with pepper spray. After Cantwell was informed that police in Virginia had a warrant for his arrest, the white supremacist recorded a video depicting himself weeping at the prospect of going to jail again.
According to The Boston Globe, officials from the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney’s Office confirmed Thursday that Cantwell currently has two outstanding felony warrants for illegal use of gases and injury by caustic agent or explosive. Appearing in the Vice News documentary “Charlottesville: Race and Terror,” Cantwell marched alongside white nationalists carrying Tiki torches on Friday night while incessantly chanting bigoted slogans, including “Jews will not replace us.”
During an interview with Vice’s Elle Reeve, Cantwell openly referred to black people as “savages,” promoted the use of violence, and criticized President Trump for allowing his daughter, Ivanka, to marry a Jewish person. When asked if he would prefer a president in office who is more racist than Trump, Cantwell replied, “A lot more racist than Donald Trump. I don’t think you can feel about race the way I do and watch that Kushner bastard walk around with that beautiful girl, okay?”
As physical altercations broke out between white supremacists and counter-protesters during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last weekend, Cantwell allegedly used pepper spray to attack people protesting against neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and other white nationalists. On Thursday, Cantwell wrote a blog post admitting that he had fired pepper spray directly into the eyes of a counter-protester. Although Cantwell claimed he used the pepper spray in self-defense, the white supremacist clearly stated that he had initiated the violent altercation against the counter-protesters.
While reportedly hiding in a hotel room in North Carolina, Cantwell was informed that felony warrants had been issued for his arrest in Virginia. Shortly afterwards, the skin-headed white nationalist recorded a video depicting Cantwell in tears at the thought of his arrest while refusing to immediately turn himself into police custody.
Instead of apologizing or taking responsibility for initiating the hate and violence that resulted in the needless death of Heather Heyer, Cantwell blatantly attempted to portray himself and his fellow neo-Nazis as victims who simply support committing human rights atrocities and genocide. Failing to demonstrate his self-proclaimed racial superiority, Cantwell has merely become another reminder that white supremacists remain anti-American cowards who worship the failed ideologies of the Confederacy and Third Reich.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Cantwell has called for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government and for the assassination of ordinary law enforcement officers as well as other government workers. In 2009, Cantwell announced he was running for Congress in New York shortly before his second drunk-driving arrest.