By Nate Thayer
October 11, 2019
Christopher Cantwell, a leader of the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist demonstration in August 2017, announced over social media last night “I just sat down to see ‘Joker’ and I am armed” at a public theater resulting in law enforcement descending on the Keene, New Hampshire movie house.
After being alerted, law enforcement descended on the Keene Cinema 6 movie complex in Keene, New Hampshire to confront Cantwell.
Keene, New Hampshire police confirmed that they responded to an armed man at the theater. “We responded to a call of an armed man at the movie. The management didn’t want him there, so he left,” said a Keene police department spokesman on Friday. They said Cantwell was armed and legally in possession of his firearm at the time. Referring to numerous previous criminal charges against Cantwell, including assault and battery with the use of violence in Virginia, Keene police said “It is our understanding that he plead down to a misdemeanor so he was legally armed” adding “In New Hampshire we did away with concealed carry permits so he was legally allowed to be carrying a weapon.”
In August, 2017, Cantwell, known as ‘The Crying Nazi’, was shown threatening to kill protesters, wielding rifles and a handgun, and marching with tiki torches, chanting “Jews will not replace us!” during the Charlottesville demonstration. Shortly afterwards, Cantwell distributed a video choking back tears and weeping after he learned of a warrant out for his arrest. https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/08/17/christopher-cantwell-fearful-jpm-orig.vice-news-chris-cantwell/video/playlists/charlottesville-white-nationalist-rally/
In July 2018, Cantwell pleaded guilty to assault and battery at the rally. On April 10, 2019, he announced his intention to suspend his political activism, telling the Southern Poverty Law Center he was suspending his political activism because “the Jews” had taken an emotional toll on him.
In 2000, Cantwell pleaded guilty in New York to driving while intoxicated charges, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of stolen property. He was charged later again with drunk driving in New York state and was facing four years in state prison when he announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Following the Charlottesville demonstration, Cantwell was indicted in Virginia on three felony charges–two counts of illegal use of tear gas and one count of malicious bodily injury with a caustic substance.
On August 16, 2017, five days after the Charlottesville, Virginia Nazi organized demonstration, Cantwell published a video of himself weeping about the warrant for his arrest and shortly thereafter arrested and held without bond. He was indicted on the tear gas charges in December, and paid $25,000 bail with funds donated by supporters on the white supremacist and Nazi crowd funding sites Hatreon and GoyFundMe.
In March 2018, Cantwell was charged again with public intoxication and plead guilty. Virginia prosecutors said Cantwell intimidated witnesses to the Charlottesville assaults via his social media accounts.
In July 2018, Cantwell agreed with prosecutors and plead guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery on August 11, 2017. He was sentenced to two suspended one year jail sentences and released from jail. As part of the sentence, Cantwell was ordered to leave the state of Virginia within eight hours and banned from returning for five years. Cantwell also pleaded guilty to violating of the terms of his pre-trial release by making social media posts about his victims, and was fined $250.
In 2014, prior to the Charlottesville white supremacist demonstration, Cantwell came to the attention of law enforcement and Keene, New Hampshire citizens when he launched a campaign harrassing local town meter maids. “I find when I carry a gun, people are very unlikely to hit me,” said Cantwell at the time.
One of the meter maids Cantwell stalked on the streets of Keene, was Iraqi war veteran Allen Givetts. “I see an ad for the City of Keene for parking enforcement. And I sort of chuckled at first and said ‘yeah, I’m going to go be a male meter maid.’
Once emplyed, Cantwell stalked him. “You are not going to get a break the entire day. This is never going to stop!” he yelled at the uniformed parking enforcement officer.
“It was Hell. Being called a thief, being called a liar, that sort of stung a little. But it didn’t sting as much as being called a coward,” Givetts said. “I was told I condone the burning of brown babies because I am a veteran.”
“What was worse? Serving in Iraq or being a meter maid in Keene?” asked Givetts. “I don’t know. Boy, that is really a tough question.”
On August 16, 2017, five days after the deadly Charlottesville demonstration, Facebook shut down Cantwell’s Facebook and Instagram profiles. At the same time, the online dating service OKCupid shut down his account. In an August 17, 2017 blog post, Cantwell wrote, “I have been shut out of nearly every financial and communications system I once had available. PayPal, Venmo, Dwolla, and Stripe all disabled my accounts. I was shut out not only of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and MailChimp but now even my online dating profiles at OKCupid, Match.com and Tinder have all been disabled.”
Earlier this year, Cantwell was banned from the Nazi friendly social media platform, Gab.
A few weeks ago, I did what journalists do and contacted Mr. Cantwell. Mr. Cantwell was agitated. This is the entirety of the conversation:
Cantwell: “How did you get my number.”
Me: Well, that is what I do. I also have your DOB and social security number and address and your mother’s name and phone number.
Cantwell: What?!? Who are you?
Me: My name is Nate Thayer and I am an investigative journalist. I write about U.S. political extremism and have been following you for a few years ever since Charlottesville.
Cantwell: What do you want?
Me: I wanted to talk to you about domestic terrorists, specifically from the Atomwaffen Division, specifically a guy who calls himself Vic Mackey
Cantwell: Send me an email from a corporate domain Chriscan[email protected]
Me: A corporate domain? I don’t have a ‘corporate domain.’ I am a bald guy living alone with my dog in the middle of nowhere. I don’t have a corporation. My email is thayer [email protected]
Cantwell: Text me a copy of your driver’s license
Me: A copy of my driver’s license? How about my passport? I am on Wire and Signal but other than that I am who I am.
Cantwell: Whatever confirms your identity. You don’t have a driver’s license? You don’t look black
Cantwell: The longer I wait the more likely it is photoshopped
Me: You should have gotten my driver’s license. I don’t really give a damn. You aren’t that important, I hope you know. You are a Nazi. If you are worried about me being black and photoshopping my driver’s license, well, I don’t really know where to begin. I wanted to talk to you about Vic Mackey. That is all.
Cantwell: So does Vic Mackey. I haven’t received an image from you.
Me: I just sent it to you twice
Cantwell: Got the driver’s license just now
Me: For the love of God, just fucking Google me. You will find my name, ID, history, street cred, etc etc. If you want to talk, give me a shout.
Cantwell: What do you want to know?
Me: Lots of stuff
Me: But regarding Mackey he is currently threatening to murder me and rape my dog. I am opposed to this
Cantwell: Well, I can’t see why that would bother you 🙂
Me: Yeah, well it does. What kind of idiot wants to rape someone’s dog?
Cantwell: Allight, nice try, douchebag
Me: Oh, relax
Cantwell: Fuck off, kike
Me: Allrighty. For the record, I’m not a “kike” although times like this I wish I was. God Bless you.
Cantwell: You are an adult with bad cell service at your house, and you don’t have a landline? Lol
Cantwell: Link me to a page on your website with the words “science pussy” on it
Me: What??? I have no idea what “science pussy” is. My webpage is nate-thayer.com. You should be able to figure that out. You know, the whole Google thing?
Cantwell: I don’t believe you are who you say you are. I think you are a Jew playing a game with me., and I am done playing.
Me: Really? You think I am a Jew? And that makes sense because of why? Honestly, about right now I wish I was, but I am not, just so I can have meaning to this insipid conversation. However, you are a Nazi without a Jew to blame it on. How do you like them apples, buster? Carry on
Cantwell: Good night.
Me: Sleep well, boyfriend