Joseph Wendt: “Inner workings of Invictus 2016 campaign, rise of alt right in LP of Florida, why I withdrew from US Senate race, etc”

Q&A with Joe Wendt:

Question: Tell us how Augustus Invictus got involved in the LPF and your involvement into the campaign?

Joe: Well, believe it or not, Vicki Kirkland introduced me to Augustus. Vicki and her county Vice Chair, Robert Reich, were the ones who recruited and brought Augustus into the party. That’s primarily why i supported him in the primary, Vicki vouched for him. My involvement in his campaign was limited to giving him campaign advice and easing concerns regarding his past. I felt I had a duty to her to help the campaign as much as I could

Question: Did you know about his involvement with White Nationalists?

Joe: Absolutely not. Vicki assured me that it was limited to a legal paper. Then in a conference with Reich and Augustus, they were saying some nice things about Hitler, but i brushed it of because i may have taken it out of context. I didn’t develop concerns until I actually met his associate Ryan Ramsey and his spouse or whatever Brandi Hicks. They were loud mouthed Racists. Ranting about Jews and massive government conspiracies. That’s when I realized that these weren’t actual Libertarians I was dealing with.

Question: Who did Invictus court in his campaign?

Joe: Oddly enough, he tried hard to court the Libertarians in Miami-Dade, and apparently had a good relationship with Pierre Crevaux. Augustus would frequently praise Pierre and said Pierre was willing to help his campaign. He courted the Austin Petersen campaign. In fact, oddly enough, Petersen didn’t endorse Paul Stanton (like all the other Libertarian Presidential candidates) because apparently Augustus partied with Petersen at the 2018 National Convention and got him very drunk.

Question: Who ran the campaign?

Joe: On paper, it was supposed to be Raquel Okyay. Unfortunately, in reality, Augustus gave a tremendous amount of power to James Chipman, Ryan Ramsey, and his own inner circle. For mst of the campaign, aquel didn’t have any real power. It wasn’t until the final months of the campaign that Augustus gave control of the campaign to Raquel, which was too little too late.

Question: When did the Invictus and his fmr campaign supporters turn on you?

Joe: oddly enough, they turned on me mid-2016. When I sought an at-large position on the LPF EC, they all voted against me, later to tell me that they made a deal with my opponent in some sort of shady side deal that made absolutely no sense. Then, during the campaign that year, they sidelined me, stopped including me in emails, and pretty much just ignored me. Oddly, this was at around the same time that Augustus began contact with Pierre Crevaux. Then, after the primary, Augustus essentially went off the deep end.

Question: Tell us about Invictus’ campaign for LPF Chair?

Joe: Well there’s nothing to tell, it was a scam. Augustus was a firm Marcos Miralles supporter. It was just an attempt to gain attention and to make himself look less like a divisive white nationalist

Question: Invictus supported Miralles?

Joe: Yes, oddly enough he did support Miralles. He thought Miralles would appoint him to some LPF committee, and he claimed to have made a deal with Pierre Crevaux.

Question: So, the White Nationalist camp supports Marcos Miralles?

Joe: Yes, well I should say that they prefer to makes powerplays and deals with Pierre.

Question: So, why did you abruptly leave the LPF and the US Senate race?

Joe: Harassment. The campaign email was inundated with harassing emails, Facebook messages saying that they were warned not to support me and won’t get any money, and some highly inappropriate emails and pornographic emails sent to members of my family. Additionally, Pierre let it be known to the membership to not support me financially or otherwise. I just didn’t want to deal with the corruption and cronyism in the LPF anymore, so I left.

Question: What corruption?

Joe: Marcos Miralles and Pierre Crevaux want to extort money from elected Libertarians, essentially demanding 50% of their salaries in exchange for LPF support. That’s the same system they have in the Miami-Dade affiliation. At a minimum it’s wealth-redistribution, at worst it’s pay-to-play and extortion. I cannot abide by that level of corrupt activity.

Question: Rumor has it you’ve filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, anything to that?

Joe: Yes, I filed a complaint with regards to Pierre Crevaux’ status as a non-citizens being holding a decision making position in the LPF and Miami-Dade affiliate. I’ve even included an email where Miralles admits that Crevaux is an illegal immigrant. The LPF EC is fully aware that Pierre’s involvement in the party is a violation of Federal Election law, and I included emails to that effect. The FEC is currently investigating it.

Note from paulie: Wendt has indicated an interest in answering additional questions. Article may or may not be updated with further answers so watch the comments.

Background:

Joe Wendt withdraws from US Senate campaign, Libertarian Party of Florida active membership

Paul Stanton makes motion to remove Ryan Ramsey from Florida LP exec comm, then resigns himself

Paul Frankel: Why Libertarians need to denounce the Alt Right and white nationalists and don’t need to worry about libertarian socialists and antifa

Paul Stanton: LP Florida Chair Marcos Miralles Must Resign

Paul Stanton: Perhaps “Working with White Nationalists” Is Not the Best Approach?

Paul Stanton: Endorsements for the LPF Convention

74% to 26%: Florida Libertarians reject Invictus, nominate Stanton for Senate in Aug. 30 primary

Paul Stanton Announces Campaign for Florida U.S. Senate Seat

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

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

Joe Wendt for US Senate: “New LP of Florida Chair undermines Libertarian principles in favor of white nationalists”

Knapp, Dickey cover 2017 Libertarian Party of Florida convention

Libertarians United Against Fascism write open letter to LNC; Starchild responds

Alexandria Brown: Response to Ryan Ramsey and Timeline of Events

Libertarians United Against Fascism: ‘To the Cowardly Collaborators of the Libertarian Party of Florida, and a Call to Action Against Them’

David Colborne: Augustus Sol Invictus Is Not Welcome In My State

Update on Augustus Invictus criminal allegations and retraction of censure from Florida LP; possible disaffiliation by LNC floated

Knapp: Replace LP of Florida Exec Comm and Bylaws

Police Report: Augustus Invictus accused of domestic violence, sexual assault, kidnapping, terroristic threats

Augustus Invictus Announces Republican 2018 Senate Run

Augustus Sol Invictus: Statement Concerning My Registration with the Republican Party

Update on rape, assault, kidnapping and witness tampering allegations against Augustus Invictus

Augustus Invictus: Statement Regarding the Antifa Boycott of the Mid-Atlantic Liberty Festival

Augustus Invictus Discusses the Libertarian Party

“Death to Hillary Clinton, death to George Soros” says Augustus Invictus at Liberty Fest NYC; releases new book

In interview, Augustus Invictus says he supports eco-terrorism and calls John McAfee a “total degenerate”

Augustus Invictus: Letter to the People of Europe

Rose City Antifa report on Augustus Invictus visit to Portland, OR

FL: Augustus Invictus campaigns in front of white nationalist skinhead music banner (Note: Ramsey often displays the same banner)

Northwest Florida Libertarian Party Disavows Augustus Sol Invictus as Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Senate

Cara Schulz: Augustus Sol Invictus and the Libertarian Party of Florida

Libertarian Party of Florida condemns Augustus Invictus, calls his advocacy of war and eugenics “abhorrent”

Thread for Questions to Augustus Invictus, Senatorial Candidate Hopeful for the Libertarian Party of Florida

Augustus Invictus: Official Response to the Criticisms of Chairman Wyllie

Augustus Invictus Calls for “Total Insurrection”

Augustus Invictus: A Declaration of the Failings of the Federal Government

Augustus Invictus announces Libertarian candidacy for Florida U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio

Daily Beast: ‘The Insidious Libertarian-to-Alt-Right Pipeline’

Former Libertarian, now fascist, Christopher Cantwell gathers national attention

Chuck Moulton: ‘LP conventions, avoid alt-right / white supremacist event speakers’

Free Speech and No Platform: A Brief Libertarian Case for Silencing Fascists

Libertarian Party of Pinellas County Calls for the Libertarian Candidate for US Senate to Disassociate from the LPF

Thomas L. Knapp: Slow News Days and Third Party Politics: Attack of the Goat-Sacrificing Roman Sun God!

Chair and Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida Resign Effective Immediately

Matt Wright: Why I Won’t Vote for Just Any Libertarian

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

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

The KN@PP Stir Podcast, Episode 140: Special Broadcast from Area 51

32 thoughts on “Joseph Wendt: “Inner workings of Invictus 2016 campaign, rise of alt right in LP of Florida, why I withdrew from US Senate race, etc”

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    “I filed a complaint with regards to Pierre Crevaux’ status as a non-citizens being holding a decision making position in the LPF”

    Crevaux holds no decision-making position (or, for that matter, non-decision-making position) in LPF.

    Wendt knows this. And he knew it before he filed his fraudulent and malicious FEC complaint.

  2. Andy

    Keep in mind that Joe Wendt endorsed an actual Nazi, I think his name was John Bowles, to be the presidential candidate for the Boston Tea Party, and he also has bounced around from the Libertarian Party to supporting Republicans like Rick Santorum to going back to the Libertarian Party. I’d question this guy’s credibility, and stability.

  3. Andy

    Wendt also spent lots of time bashing Adrian Wyllie when he was running for Governor of Florida as an LP candidate. When I questioned Wendt about why he was attacking Wyllie he never could give a coherent or logical answer.

  4. paulie Post author

    I think his name was John Bowles

    Billy Roper.

    I’d question this guy’s credibility, and stability.

    This part sounds 100% solid:

    Then in a conference with Reich and Augustus, they were saying some nice things about Hitler

    As does this part:

    his associate Ryan Ramsey and his spouse or whatever Brandi Hicks. They were loud mouthed Racists. Ranting about Jews and massive government conspiracies.

    And this:

    Petersen didn’t endorse Paul Stanton (like all the other Libertarian Presidential candidates) because apparently Augustus partied with Petersen at the 2018 National Convention and got him very drunk.

    And:

    Augustus gave a tremendous amount of power to James Chipman, Ryan Ramsey, and his own inner circle.

    And

    Harassment. The campaign email was inundated with harassing emails, Facebook messages saying that they were warned not to support me and won’t get any money, and some highly inappropriate emails and pornographic emails sent to members of my family.

    All of that sounds very, very credible and accurate to me.

  5. Joe Wendt

    Knapp, you really going to ignore the fact that Pierre gives the candidate committee reports, lobbies for motions, emails Libertarians claiming to represent the party. I thought you were smarter then that.

  6. Brian

    Mr. Knapp and Andy.
    With the understanding that you question Joe Wendt’s credibility in some cases, are either of you denying the validity of any of his accusations? It seems that some have proven to be true. Perhaps, rather than question Joe Wendt’s previous, alleged, indescretions, I would hope that two intelligent gentlemen like yourselves would actually be interested in the truth.

  7. Thomas L. Knapp

    Wendt,

    Feel free to put up or shut up. The party’s constitution and bylaws specify the official positions in the party, and how and when they are elected or appointed. So there should be an official list and/or minutes of the convention or EC meeting at which he was elected or appointed.

    Of course, there is no such list, nor are there any such minutes, because he has never been elected or appointed to any official position in LPF.

    Those are the facts. You can lie to the FEC and everyone else all you want about them, but they’ll remain the facts.

  8. Thomas L. Knapp

    Brian,

    Please point to where I alluded to any “previous indiscretions” by Wendt. I merely pointed out that his allegations vis a vis Pierre Crevaux are false, and that he knows they’re false.

    I probably should have included how I know that he knows they’re false: I told him they were false before he filed his malicious and fraudulent FEC complaint.

  9. Joe Wendt

    Knapp

    So, you are denying that on the most recent LPF EC call, Pierre gave the Candidate Committee repprt and bashed a Libertarian candidate? Are you also denying that Pierre has emailed several Libertarians presenting himself as the official party representative? Are you also going to deny that the Chair allows this? Are you also going to deny Pierre writes the motions presented by the Chair? I really thought you were smarter than that.

  10. Brian

    Mr. Knapp,
    Are you stating that Pierre has never identified himself to anyone as representing the LPF in an official capacity or that he speaks for the Chair? I will unequivocally state that he has. I also find it interesting that when the FEC complaint was filed that Pierre’s position as “Chief of Staff” was removed from the Miami-Dade website. No concerns from you on that item? Coincidence?
    Ultimately, you’ll believe what you believe and I’ll believe what I believe.

  11. Joe Wendt

    Knapp,

    You never told me anything was false or malicious. I’ve even looked through my Facebook messager to verify this

  12. Andy

    Brian, how about you tell us a little bit about yourself, or are you another troll posting under a fake name and an IP anonymizer?

  13. paulie Post author

    Not all trolls are anonymous and not all anonymous people are trolls. I know I am not the only one here who is beyond sick and tired of Andy’s jihad against anonymity. There are many reasons why some people prefer anonymity, some legitimate and some not.

  14. Andy

    I went to jail because of a troll falsely sending out death threats under my name, while hiding behind an IP anonymizer. I also had death threats made against me by trolls posting under fake names and IP anonymizers, and I have had trolls send out false and malicious slander aimed at me in attempts to prevent me from working. I have also had trolls post things that I never said falsely under my name in further attempts to slander me.

    So spare my any sympathy for the cowardly trolls.

  15. paulie Post author

    Yeah, but that doesn’t address anything I said because what I said could just as easily be a response to your “response.” Anonymity and trolling are two different things which sometimes coincide and sometimes don’t.

  16. Thomas L. Knapp

    “Are you stating that Pierre has never identified himself to anyone as representing the LPF in an official capacity or that he speaks for the Chair? I will unequivocally state that he has. ”

    I didn’t deny any such thing.

    Pierre Crevaux holds no official position in LPF. “Spokesman for the chair” or “chief of staff to the chair” is not an official position in LPF.

    “I also find it interesting that when the FEC complaint was filed that Pierre’s position as ‘Chief of Staff’ was removed from the Miami-Dade website.”

    I never commented on whether or not he holds a position with Miami-Dade (his LinkedIn profile represents him as holding a different position). Miami-Dade is not LPF. It is a county affiliate of LPF. If there are any legal implications for LPF of him holding a position with one of its affiliates, LPF might be wise to address that with Miami-Dade.

    But that doesn’t change the fact that he holds no position in LPF. He is not an officer of LPF. He is not an employee of LPF. He is not a member of LPF’s executive committee. So far as I can tell from minutes, etc., he has neither been appointed nor elected to any other position that LPF has in its constitution or bylaws.

    You say that you are going to believe what you want to believe and that I am going to believe what I want to believe. True. But I’m going to believe in the verifiable facts, not some bullshit made up for purposes of needless drama and escalated to fraudulent and malicious legal complaints.

    Wendt,

    I told you that the claim that Crevaux held a position in LPF was false early in your abortive Senate campaign when Raquel Okyay was having a cow over the matter, more or less in her capacity as one of your campaign workers, and you acted on my advice by telling her to knock that off.

    Of course I didn’t tell you that your FEC complaint was fraudulent and malicious back then, because you hadn’t filed your fraudulent and malicious complaint back then.

  17. Joe Wendt

    Knapp, losing alot of respect for you. First you said you told me it was malicious and false, now backtracking. Also, you’re ignoring the fact that Pierre has authority, is acting as if he has authority, and the Chair supports this. I’ve already submitted evidence to FEC, and will be submitting video and audio evidence to support my assertions.

  18. Amir

    Joe literally supported 2 Nazis now, Augustus Invictus and John Bowles. This article is nothing but back peddling. What a drunk loser this guy is. His partner-in-crime Raquel Okyay was literally the campaign manager for Augustus Invictus, and then turned around and was the campaign manager for Wendt (you’ll notice they left that part out). You can ask really anyone ACTUALLY involved in the LPF and you will quickly be told that Joe is a liar, a drunk, has associated with more white-nationalist than anyone ever involved with the LPF, besides maybe Invictus and Okyay, both of whom he admittedly has ties to. Joe was also seen destroying property, interrupting private meetings, all belligerently drunk, at the LPF 2017 Convention. He was not welcome in most anyone’s suite at the hotel. Joe has also shown up drunk and out of order, uninvited, to MANY LPF county affiliate meet-ups all last year, only to ask for money from active libertarians. The only thing he did was help the county affiliate to which he was from, but never anyone else. Pretty much anything this guy does is embarrassing and a joke, including this interview. Again, if you step outside to the real world and ask anyone involved in the LPF, they will tell you he is a loser. Who he surrounds himself with is key. You can ask ANYONE in the LPF. Go for it, ask the black and Hispanic members involved with the LPF EC (what a lame white-supremacist party filled with minorities, I’m Indian for Christ sake and follow) the LPF is working much harder now that Wendt and Okyay are gone. We have elected a record number of libertarians in FL, most whom are NOT white. Stop lying Joe, and try to focus on making a life for yourself, more than just getting drunk and using every breath talking about the LPF, an organizaiton that wants nothing to do with you or your white supremacist puppeteers!

  19. Pierre Crevaux

    Hey. Pierre Crevaux over here. I’d love it if anyone could ask me anything about this? I mean, I’m a good ole Libertarian, young man in his 20s who lives and eats in Miami, and I’m pretty shocked with these allegations.

    I’d love to answer them all but it’d be a TL;DR post. So if someone wants to chat with me, go for it. You can reach me at pacrevaux@gmail.com 🙂 And yes, ALL of my answers would be Public

  20. Martha

    1. Isn’t it funny that all these “white supremacist natzi’s” support Marcos Miralles? How can you be racist and then chose Marcos, a very Hispanic man?

    2. Miami Dade does not receive 50% from our members, nor do we even ask for it. The lies in this “article” are ridiculous. I know this isn’t an actual publication, but maybe at least TRY to research and put some modicum of facts.

    3. If someone speaks so much about a person (in this case Pierre) maybe an interview with his point of view would have made this “article” a bit less shit.

  21. paulie Post author

    We prefer to let those who want to submit a different point of view submit their own article. They don’t have to be combined.

  22. Joe Wendt

    Funny, i still have a screenshot of Marcos’ website that shows him making the 50% claim. Paulie, let me know if you want any if the photo evidence I have.

  23. Thomas L. Knapp

    “Joe was also seen destroying property, interrupting private meetings, all belligerently drunk, at the LPF 2017 Convention.”

    I was at the LPF 2017 convention.

    I didn’t see Joe destroying property, interrupting meetings, or being belligerent (although yes, he was drinking, as were many people).

    As a matter of fact, the only thing I saw him doing, other than hanging out and acting cordially with people, was the shit work that other people don’t like to do, such as setting up tables and so forth.

    I find it disturbing that he’s lying about Crevaux, and especially that he’s lying about Crevaux to the state, but there are plenty of things to criticize him for without making shit up.

  24. Anon-Tipper

    “Isn’t it funny that all these “white supremacist natzi’s” support Marcos Miralles? How can you be racist and then chose Marcos, a very Hispanic man?”

    Why is this talking point being repeated non-stop? How is this going to change the fact that Ramsey is in fact a member of a white-nationalist org.? Are they hoping if they repeat it enough they can trick people that aren’t aware of the situation? So disgusting.

  25. Raquel Okyay

    Knapp, if it looks like a duck and acts like a duck, it’s a duck! Holding people accountable to their actions is not malicious, it’s courageous.

  26. Raquel Okyay

    Martha Bueno is a sham liberty activist who is running for public office in Miami Dade as a Libertarian. I know first hand: She maliciously, secretly video taped me for slanderous purposes. When I demand transparency from the LPF, I was threatened on two specific occasions to keep quiet or they would release more secretly captured video. This is not just extortion but a major violation of my privacy rights and First Amendment Rights. If the LPF stood on principles they wouldn’t support her candidacy. No one should. She’s a fraud.

  27. Thomas L. Knapp

    Okyay,

    If it isn’t elected to or appointed to a position in LPF, it isn’t in a position in LPF.

    Making shit up isn’t courageous, it’s malicious.

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