Even aside from the whole Nazi business, Christopher Cantwell is not what you’d call a nice person. He’s spent the better part of a decade engaging in his own brand of activism, first as a libertarian, then a Men’s Rights Activist and finally as the neo-Nazi he is today, harassing and threatening his assorted ideological and personal enemies.
But despite all the threats he made towards assorted leftist activists and journalists over the years he’s now facing the prospect of as much as 27 years in prison … for cyberstalking, threatening and attempting to extort one of his fellow white supremacists, a member of a far right group called “the bowl patrol,” named after the decidedly unfashionable haircut of racist mass shooter Dylann Roof.
Opening arguments in the case begin Tuesday. And while the trial — expected to last for two weeks — doesn’t seem likely to make much of a splash in the mass media, journalist and former Cantwell harassee Hilary Sargent will be reporting on the whole thing for The Informant. She’s started the week off with a long and very revealing account of Cantwell’s sordid history and his various legal entanglements over the years.
It’s well worth reading. Among other intriguing factoids, we learn that Cantwell is banned not only from Twitter ad YouTube and assorted other social media sites but that he’s also banned from OkCupid, Match.com and Tinder. We also learn that he raised bail money (for a previous case) on the far-right funding sites Hatreon and GoyFundMe. And that he pasted a lengthy quote from Hitler in one of his court filings.
Oh, and that he owns 17 guns, including two AR-15s.
I’m eagerly looking forward to Sargent’s reports from the courtroom.
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