Orlando Sentinel: ‘Goat-blood drinking Orlando man had key billing for Charlottesville rally’

Excerpt from Steven Lemongello in the Orlando Sentinel by way of Cody Quirk at ATPR:

Invictus, 34, was listed as a featured marcher for the Saturday event, which was roundly condemned after marchers carried Nazi flags, performed Hitler salutes and chanted white supremacist and anti-Semitic sayings while carrying torches. He could not be reached for comment Monday.

Invictus lost the 2016 Libertarian primary for U.S. Senate in Florida to Paul Stanton, but not before state Chairman Adrian Wyllie resigned in protest. The Libertarian Party of Seminole County also disbanded and its chair, Don Menzel, resigned in protest of his candidacy. Wyllie alleged at the time Invictus wanted to lead a civil war in the country, recruit neo-Nazis to the party and supported a eugenics program.

Invictus denied he had white supremacist sympathies at the time, but the Tampa Bay Times reported Monday white nationalist leader Richard Spencer credited Invictus with writing a first draft of the “Charlottesville Statement”.

The statement, according to the Times, has tenets including, “Jews are an ethno-religious people distinct from Europeans … whites alone defined America as a European society and political order .. [and] the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ is an invasion, a war without bullets, taking place on the fields of race, religion, sex and morality.’’…

Libertarians have officially condemned the racism and violence of the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” march:

LP Release: “Libertarians condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant”

Nicholas Sarwark, Arvin Vohra call out Jeff Deist and the Mises Institute’s “blood and soil” politics

Liberty Against Fascism: ‘Restating the Obvious: An Open Letter from the Libertarian Movement’

Nicholas Sarwark: ‘Nationalism and racism is a sickness that flows from weakness and lack of anything other than the privilege of birth to be proud of’

LSLA 2017: ‘Physically Removed, So to Speak: Making the LP Inhospitable to the Alt-Right and Other Nazis’

Gary Johnson condemns racist violence in Charlottesville

21 thoughts on “Orlando Sentinel: ‘Goat-blood drinking Orlando man had key billing for Charlottesville rally’

  1. Massimo

    It seems to me that this guy has already shifted from being just a clown to be a liability. I wonder why the Libertarian party members have not got rid of him.

  2. paulie

    Now we’ll have to see whether Wes Benedict’s letter yesterday, asking white nationalist party members to resign, will get rid of the remaining white supremacists in the LP.

  3. paulie

    shifted from being just a clown to be a liability

    He was always a liability, as some people including but not limited to Adrian Wyllie and myself have recognized from the time he made himself known in the LP.

  4. JamesT

    Florida man strikes again. All the LP people who were beguiled by him should feel ashamed.

  5. Pete Blome

    “I wonder why Libertarian Party members have not got rid of him.” Thank the Florida Legislature for making it very difficult to get rid of Invictus. PL 2007-30 deleted a section of FS 99.096 from the law. This deleted section used to allow minor parties to submit lists of approved party candidates for inclusion in state ballots. This subtle change had the effect of removing the ability of all political parties in Florida to be the sole determinant of who would represent them on an election ballot if there were no primary election for that party. The only way to legally stop Invictus was to run in a primary against him, which Paul Stanton thankfully did. The price was high. Between the two of them, they had to pony up $21,600 in filing fees alone (its actually cheaper to do it this way than by petition in Florida, thank the legislature for that too). If Karl Rove or Rahm Emmanuel moved to Florida and wanted to be on the ballot as Libertarians, there is nothing legally that the Party can do other than run another candidate against them. That’s what happened. Invictus is now a happy follower of the GOP.

  6. Thane Eichenauer

    John,
    These days one should not take article titles literally. Going to the article it would appear to be supported by the words “even, as he himself has suggested, a god—in his own mind.”

    Augustus Sol Invictus is freaky enough by the overly orthodox average human standards. Also, he killed one goat not goats (plural).

    I am all for Invictus getting all the credit and all the headlines he has actually earned but I don’t favor that he be drawn as something he is not.

  7. paulie

    Self proclaimed god and god in his own mind are two ways of saying the same thing. Still worth a read, even if the title might suggest without evidence that he killed more than one goat.

  8. Thane Eichenauer

    paulie,
    First, show me where Augustus Sol Invictus has claimed to be god or “a god”. Second, nobody knows what goes on in another persons heart and mind.

  9. Thane Eichenauer

    paulie,
    After reading the article I won’t quibble with the assertion. An anonymous writer for SPLC says that there exists an email that says that Augustus Sol Invictus claimed to be an Ipsissimus. It is all a bit too esoteric for a person of my modest educational background.

  10. paulie

    Well, you could try his chosen name, for starters. Sol is the sun-god, and he did say he isn’t human. If he’s not human, what is he?

  11. paulie

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_(mythology)

    Sol was the solar deity in Ancient Roman religion. It was long thought that Rome actually had two different, consecutive sun gods. The first, Sol Indiges, was thought to have been unimportant, disappearing altogether at an early period. Only in the late Roman Empire, scholars argued, did solar cult re-appear with the arrival in Rome of the Syrian Sol Invictus, perhaps under the influence of the Mithraic mysteries.

    Adding Augustus just means he believes he is the majestic unconquerable sun-god, and the August Roman emperors claimed they were gods as well…as he told Ashley Kopf “I’m not human.”

  12. Thane Eichenauer

    I’ll revise my above comment from “An anonymous writer for SPLC says that there exists an email that says that Augustus Sol Invictus claimed to be an Ipsissimus.” as in further review of the article says that it is written by Rachel Janik not “An anonymous writer” as I wrote.

    paulie,
    Further I quibble not.

  13. paulie

    The Ipsissisimus thing is a relatively minor part of the fact that he claims to be a god, starting with his name, and has told people he is not human.

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