A team from VICE News Tonight profiled the hatred behind this weekend’s horrible violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The video is disturbing and tough to watch at times, but it provides viewers with exclusive access inside the unrest.
Correspondent Elle Reeve went behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders, including Christopher Cantwell, Robert Ray, David Duke, and Matthew Heimbach — as well as counterprotesters. They also spoke with residents of Charlottesville, members of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Charlottesville Police.
The video heavily profiles Cantwell, a white nationalist and “Unite the Right” speaker. The video begins with a sit-down conversation with Cantwell, where he claims that Trayvon Martin was “a little black asshole behaving like a savage” and that Donald Trump “gave his daughter to a Jew.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Cantwell as “a one-time drug dealer, candidate for Congress and aspiring stand-up comedian.” Cantwell now hosts Alt-Right luminaries such as Matthew Heimbach, Augustus Invictus and Andrew Auernheimer on his call-in talk show “Radical Agenda.”
“Radical Agenda” is live-streamed via Facebook and UStream three days a week from his home studio in Keene, New Hampshire. On his show, the 36-year-old “shock jock” argues for an Anglo ethno state free of African-Americans, Jews and non-white immigrants, save, perhaps, for the occasional exception.
Southern Poverty Law Center claims: “In Cantwell’s world, blacks are prone to violence and have lower IQs; Jews spread communism and can’t be trusted; immigrants are outbreeding whites; and a race war is all but inevitable.”
Later in the VICE feature, Christopher Cantwell promises that there will be more blood after Charlottesville and that this last weekend will be “tough to top.”
Cantwell proclaims, “I think that a lot more people are going to die before we’re done here frankly.”