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“Crying Nazi” Christopher Cantwell goes on trial this week, charged with cyberstalking, threats and extortion. We wish him the very worst.

Not having a good time

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.

For more on Cantwell, see the SPLC profile of him here. Or take a look through the We Hunted the Mammoth archives.

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Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
2 months ago

Let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 months ago

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.

Well, that’s good for the ladies wherever he was living.

the far-right funding sites Hatreon and GoyFundMe

I was already aware of both of these but hadn’t thought about them in a while. Yet again, the right wing is incapable of humor.

And that he pasted a lengthy quote from Hitler in one of his court filings.

I am not a lawyer, but I imagine this is not recommended legal advice.

A couple other people likely to report on this are Molly Conger, on Twitter as @socialistdogmom; and Emily Gorcenski.

Lainy
Lainy
2 months ago

This brought a smile to my face

Xanthë
2 months ago

“I think I’ve been banned from Gab,” Cantwell wrote on his website, begging to be reinstated. (He wasn’t.) It is hard to overstate just how difficult it is to get banned from Gab. It’s very, very difficult. But no one has a knack for getting banned from a platform or website quite like Cantwell. He was now relegated to posting on Telegram.

This website is generally about mockery, but yikes! There is not much that is funny in that article, even for those that appreciate the blackest of black humour, but I did laugh that Cantwell was too extreme even for Gab.

Daughter
Daughter
2 months ago

When a Nazi is in court against another Nazi I can only hope they both lose.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
2 months ago

I definitely wish for justice to give him a sentence that make him no more of a threat. If it can rehabilitate him all the better but I am not holding my breath.

Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
2 months ago

“Hey Jews,” Cantwell wrote on Gab, on October 29, 2018, just two days after multiple people were murdered by a shooter at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. “We are going to take over our government, and when that happens, none of your money, newspapers, or other corruption will save you. Get the fuck out of our country, and leave us alone. Your time is short.”

Looks like it’s a lot more likely that our government will put this Nazi away.

Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
2 months ago

“Hey Jews,” Cantwell wrote on Gab, on October 29, 2018, just two days after multiple people were murdered by a shooter at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. “We are going to take over our government, and when that happens, none of your money, newspapers, or other corruption will save you. Get the fuck out of our country, and leave us alone. Your time is short.

https://www.informant.news/p/how-christopher-cantwell-crumbled

Looks as though our government is likely to put Cantwell away for a long time. No Nazi money, newspapers, or other corruption will save him. His time as a free man is short.

Ariblester
2 months ago

I wonder why he’s fighting these charges. Being put in jail is the ultimate permaban, which I thought was the goal all successful trolls aspire to. 🙃

Alan Robertshaw
2 months ago

@ ariblester

Being put in jail is the ultimate permaban

Indeed; and then, as he likes citing Hitler, he can use the Beer Hall Putsch quote.

“Pronounce us guilty a thousand times over: the goddess of the eternal court of history will smile and tear to pieces the State Prosecutor’s submissions and the court’s verdict; for she acquits us.”

Judge: “Yeah, well I don’t.”

David Barkey
David Barkey
2 months ago

@ Alan Robertshaw. Unfortunately, the sympathetic court handled handled Hitler most gently, declining to send him back to Austria and giving him fortress detention rather than actual prison. The judge lauded his patriotic motives and held that while he was undeniably guilty of Hochverat, high treason against the government, he was certainly not guilty of Landesverat, betraying the nation.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 months ago

@Ariblester
I’ve always found it a bit funny that they think getting banned is such a victory anyway. All it shows is that you’ve annoyed someone, which is usually easy. It’s the digital equivalent of stomping on someone’s foot.

Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
2 months ago

@Ohlmann

If it can rehabilitate him all the better but I am not holding my breath.

Same. I rather expect the opposite though – he’ll infect others while inside. Being radicalised whilst in prison is a bit of a common occurance.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 months ago

@Threp

Same. I rather expect the opposite though – he’ll infect others while inside. Being radicalised whilst in prison is a bit of a common occurance.

Indeed, in the United States a very significant chunk of white supremacists are radicalized while in prison. Yet another reason for criminal justice reform.

personalpest
personalpest
2 months ago

Just finished the Hilary Sargent article, which I highly recommend. My takeaway: while Christopher Cantwell may not be the worst human being who ever lived, he’s got to be in the bottom thousand. My responses to Cantwell’s greatest hits:

Three months later, in June 2014, Cantwell celebrated the death of two police officers, writing, “The good news is, two cops are dead.”

In 2014, at a Halloween event, Cantwell dressed as a police officer, a gaping gunshot wound visible on his forehead. He spoke openly about his hatred of law enforcement, so much so that he was ultimately “kicked out of the Free State Project and ostracized by a bunch of people,” according to a FreeKeene.com post.

But it’s the peaceful protesters who are the real problem.

When Cantwell learned he was wanted for three felonies, he posted a video of himself distraught over the notion that police might simply murder him. Gone, at least temporarily, was the aggressive, cocky Cantwell from just days prior. The edgelord neo-Nazi who had once dressed as a dead police officer and who had proudly stated his intentions of violence, had become, in the blink of an eye, the “Crying Nazi”.

Cantwell ultimately surrendered to law enforcement in Lynchburg, Virginia, was arrested without incident, and charged with felony assault.

Bullies are cowards.

Cantwell had, after all, dedicated much of his “career” to making others miserable in virtually the exact same manner. The irony seemed entirely lost on him.

To the surprise of no one who follows this site.

Cantwell, who had long proclaimed his mistrust and dislike of police, began begging law enforcement to intervene.

“Save me! I hate you and want to kill you all, but save me anyway!”

The members of Bowl Patrol were “Jews trying to make Nazis look bad,” Cantwell wrote in an email to Keene police, according to prosecutors.

Always projection with these clowns. Always.

In March 2019, Cantwell contacted Jared Holt, an investigative reporter for Right Wing Watch. In an email with the subject line “Fucking over Nazis,” Cantwell offered up dirt on others within the movement. The way Cantwell saw it, if he was going to suffer from being deplatformed, he wasn’t going down alone.

As if begging the cops he despised to bail him out wasn’t pathetic enough. Like his favorite president, Cantwell has no loyalty to anyone or anything but himself.

Seventeen firearms were recovered from Cantwell’s apartment and vehicle, according to pre-trial testimony from officers involved in the arrest. Inside his home, police found two AR-15s, five other rifles and long guns, four shotguns, and five handguns. A single handgun was recovered in an unlocked case attached to the exterior of Cantwell’s car, parked just yards away from an elementary school, police said. A large amount of ammunition, as well as a crossbow, a machete, and several knives, were also recovered from the scene, according to police.

So this jagoff has an arsenal, but calls the cops he hates to protect him whenever he gets a taste of his own medicine. JFC.

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Naglfar
Naglfar
2 months ago

@personalpest

So this jagoff has an arsenal, but calls the cops he hates to protect him whenever he gets a taste of his own medicine. JFC.

So just like every US libertarian? “Don’t tread on me, just tread on those other people’s freedoms!”

Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
2 months ago

A single handgun was recovered in an unlocked case attached to the exterior of Cantwell’s car …

Um … what? What sort of completely feckless fool does that?!

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Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
2 months ago

What sort of completely feckless fool does that?!

The answer is “any American right-wing gun aficionado”, of course.

Hambeast
Hambeast
2 months ago

He had a whole array of weapons and not just firearms. What kind of a toxic mess of fear and anger do these guys live with to have a need for such things?

And then there’s the weaponization of media (such as it was after all the banning) and law enforcement and the hair-trigger willingness to use it on any perceived enemy. Even allies!

That’s a lot of fear and anger right there.

To be clear, I don’t feel sorry for him or his fellow travelers, I’m just kind of marveling at something I cannot even.

Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
2 months ago

@Surplus

Fair point. Never understood those types. Gun’s a tool (albeit an unforgiving one), far as I’m concerned, and should be treated accordingly.

Good to see you, BTW.

@Hambeast

What kind of a toxic mess of fear and anger do these guys live with to have a need for such things?

One of his own making, in this dolt’s case.

Alan Robertshaw
2 months ago

It’s amazing how many people get shot by unloaded guns.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 months ago

@Threp

Gun’s a tool (albeit an unforgiving one), far as I’m concerned, and should be treated accordingly.

This is the perspective of most of the more responsible gun owners I’ve known. I don’t know too many people who own guns because they’re hard to buy where I live, but I do know a few people who have them and are on the left. They’re usually pretty annoyed with the right wing gun obsessives.

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
2 months ago

I’m not sure that ‘too extreme for Gab’ is necessarily the issue… he could have just annoyed enough of the regulars. And, honestly, the ‘Crying Nazi’ bit probably put him in trouble with the uber-macho types that make up so much of Gab to start with. My understanding is that Gab is a small enough space that many of the people there know each other, and all those egos have trouble fitting in the same place. (I mean, heck, Vox Day of all people ended up leaving the platform after a feud with Andrew Anglin of the Daily Stormer… and lawsuits… and it was a whole thing. But Day wasn’t thrown off for being too extreme so much as he angered people by telling them they should put a better gloss over their blatant Nazi leanings.)

I wonder if Jordan Peterson’s social media platform ‘Thinkspot’ ever actually got out of beta. Honestly, it was more going for the edgelords who think they’re clever academics. (Which explains why people like Michael Shermer were amongst his beta testers.)

With regards to gun safety… there’s been a noted increase of men literally shooting themselves in the crotch lately as the result of some sort of macho posing. (Cryp Dyke just posted Man Shows Off Gun In Grocery Store Checkout, Shoots Self In Dick earlier.) This is what you get when gun enthusiasts go full ‘You can’t tell ME what to do!’ It’s happened enough times that it has become its own thing, and as commenters there have noted, these are people who literally seem to consider gun safety as emasculating ‘political correctness’.

(I’m Canadian. I still grew up in a small town, learned how to use a .177 pellet pistol when I was about 8, and went to a high school that had its own shooting range. Believe me, I got taught gun safety early on.)

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Naglfar
Naglfar
2 months ago

@Jenora

I wonder if Jordan Peterson’s social media platform ‘Thinkspot’ ever actually got out of beta.

It appears to still be in public beta. Searching news, it appears there was a spike of articles about it in December 2019, then nothing, then another bunch in June 2020.

Honestly, it was more going for the edgelords who think they’re clever academics

Sounds like a perfect place for Skimmingway.

AFAICT the main alt-right platform is Parler, which got a boost after a bunch of GOP senators and other office holders joined. The thing that I found funny about Parler is that the founder claimed that if all the conservatives left Twitter, leftists would come to Parler because we’d miss them. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I really wouldn’t miss having Pepe avatars screaming at me about how I should kill myself. Though that statement does reveal one of the reasons why sites like Parler and Gab don’t work well: without any leftists to troll, right wingers have to start attacking each other because they’re incapable of constructive discourse.

Re: shorting self in the dick
There was a trend back in June (I think? Time feels weird these days) of conservatives posting photos pointing loaded guns at their genitals with the safety off. I think they thought it would “own the libs,” but every leftist I know, myself included, was just making fun of it. It helps that I also don’t really care whether conservatives point guns at their junk, I just feel sorry for the healthcare workers who will have to deal with them after.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
2 months ago

Yes, the “own the lib” attitude is often self destructive for no apparent reason. I mean, there’s being suicidal, and then there’s thoses guys, who are perfectly willing to die or be maimed to “own the lib” without showing any sign of being suicidal. That’s rather jarring. How dense one must be to not realize its own mortality ?

Being expulsed from Gab or thoses other fetid trash can of the far right don’t strike me as too hard. They love their purity tests and cabals, and won’t mind pushing out anyone who either fail one of thoses tests or just is in the wrong cabal.

Saying he was expulsed from Gab because he was too extreme for it is similar to say that Trotsky was exiled because he was too communist : maybe it contributed, but it wasn’t the main reason.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 months ago

@Ohlmann

How dense one must be to not realize its own mortality ?

I think they’ve been brainwashed into the cult. They are convinced that their cult is the one true way, and that any opposition is bad, so hurting the opposition at all costs is good to them. Fascism isn’t about the individual, it’s about groupthink.

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
2 months ago

There is a bright side to those idiot conservatives’ latest gun fetish: a noticeable percentage of them will never breed.

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
2 months ago

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5923255/Trumps-female-Supreme-Court-favorite-belongs-group-helped-inspire-Handmaids-Tale.html

“Trump’s female Supreme Court favorite belongs to a Christian group which helped inspire The Handmaid’s Tale”

Because of course she does.

*sigh*

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
2 months ago

Honestly, from some of what I’ve seen, that trend with guns wasn’t even strictly ‘own the libs’ so much as pure unadulterated ‘you can’t tell me what to do!’ or ‘don’t talk down to me!’ They’re less interested in ‘owning the libs’ so much as they’re interested in ‘owning’ the actual responsible gun owners who talk about how trigger discipline is important.

@Naglfar, Ohlmann:
Yes, that’s pretty much what I was thinking… places like Gab tend to become places where only the loudest of harassers and those friendly with the moderators hang out. And there is lots of history of what happens when reactionary groups finally ‘win’ a place of their own and start turning on the allies that got them there.

@Surplus to Requirements:
I was thinking of it as ‘wanting to survive to receive your Darwin award’.

Though, as others have pointed out in the past, there’s a large and very important blood vessel not far from there, the femoral artery, and puncturing that is a good way to bleed to death while waiting for medical assistance.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 months ago

@Surplus

There is a bright side to those idiot conservatives’ latest gun fetish: a noticeable percentage of them will never breed.

Are Darwin Awards still a thing? I remember at least a few of those awards being given to men who blew their bits off with a gun, so it wouldn’t be new.

I will admit, this is the most literally I’ve seen someone take the term “ammosexual.”

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name
name
2 months ago

The fulls story of Cantwell’s breakdown into the racism character:
https://web.archive.org/web/20190505162626/https://cognitame.com/blog.php?id=46

Moon Custafer
Moon Custafer
2 months ago

without any leftists to troll, right wingers have to start attacking each other

 
Sort of like The Screwfly Solution, but self-selecting?

Moggie
Moggie
2 months ago

The boundless self-confidence of the dumb!

“I’ve spent the last 107 days reading everything I could get my hands on about the Jewish Question, and I am about to start transmitting that knowledge to the world,” Cantwell wrote in a blog post.

So, a few weeks of reading in jail and he’s an expert, generously imparting his wisdom to the world. Incidentally, why do Virginia jails let inmates read Mein Kampf?

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
2 months ago

Perhaps because it was written in jail? There’s a certain symmetry to that.

Maybe also because prison guards and the like tend toward white supremacy, much as cops do.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 months ago
Crip Dyke
2 months ago

Cantwell found guilty.

Christopher Cantwell, Keene’s “Crying Nazi,” was arrested in January on federal charges of extortion, making threats and cyberstalking.

The jury found Cantwell guilty of extortion and threatening to injure property or reputation, but not guilty of cyberstalking. He faces up to 22 years in prison.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
2 months ago

He faces up to 22 years in prison.

To which he will not be sentenced, I’m sure.