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Charlottesville 'Crying Nazi' says Convicted Heather Heyer Killer is an 'Innocent man', and Threatens More Violence

A man known as the "Crying Nazi" from his role in the Charlottesville alt-right protests posted a detailed post on alt-right site Gab threatening more violence after the conviction of Heather Heyer’s murderer this week.

In the post, Christopher Cantwell called James Fields an innocent man. Fields was found guilty of murdering Heyer on Friday. She was killed during the Charlottesville protests, which took place in August 2017, when Fields drove his car into a group of people. The 21-year-old has not yet been sentenced, but faces 20 years in prison, according to CBS.

Cantwell began his post by claiming Fields was not a necessary part of the alt right movement he stands for. “Charlottesville and the broader Left celebrate prematurely tonight,” Cantwell wrote, as reported by Raw Story. “The show trial and CONviction of James Fields is merely a symbolic victory for you, which you’ll forget in short order. He was not an intellectual leader or military necessity.”

He also explained Charlottesville will never be forgotten to the group of rioters, and the conviction of Fields will only drive them toward “your complete and total destruction, as a matter of necessity for our very survival,” he said in reference to left-leaning Americans who celebrated Fields’s conviction.

GettyImages-832184112 White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the KKK and members of the 'alt-right' attack each other as a counter protester (R) intervenes during the melee outside Emancipation Park during the Unite the Right rally August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Later in the post, Cantwell noted if Fields had been found not guilty of Heyer’s murder, it would promote peace in the American society. “If he was found not guilty, he could have been a sign of hope for our justice system, and peaceful solutions to our problems, and lacking those signs is a pain I would rather not suffer.”

He was echoing a sentiment expressed by Donald Trump, who suggested after Heyer's death that there was blame "on many sides".

Cantwell also noted Dylann Roof and Robert Bowers. Roof is named as a white supremacist who killed nine people in a church shooting in 2015. Bowers allegedly shot and killed 11 in a Pittsburg Synagogue in October.

“The next Dylann Roof, the next Robert Bowers, he’s not going to go out blasting and be out of the fight,” Cantwell wrote. “You are creating an army of fanatics who are ready to die, but the ones who are listening to me, are going to put in the massive amounts of unpleasant work, that will be required to make sure history treats you worse than it did Hitler.”

Cantwell is 38-year-old political activist. He was indicted in December on a felony charge of using tear gas at the Charlottesville protest. He was briefly jailed and released on a $25,000 bond, according to WTVR.

 

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