Augustus Sol Invictus, a 32-year-old lawyer, is running to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. In recent days, he’s had to convince his voter base that the fact he once sacrificed a goat and drank its blood shouldn’t sway them against him. He’s also had to deny allegations that he’s a neo-Nazi or that he wants to start a race war. Just another beautiful and very average day in Florida politics!
Invictus is locked in a war of words with Adrian Wyllie, the former chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida and a one-time candidate for Governor. Wyllie resigned his post in protest of Invictus’ Senate campaign, despite the fact that Invictus is currently the only Libertarian running.
In his October 1 post, Wyllie writes that Invictus is not a real Libertarian, but is, in fact, kind of a maniac:
Mr. Invictus has repeatedly vowed that it is his destiny to start a second civil war in America. In a 2013 memo to his colleagues, he wrote, “I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War; that if I did not witness the coming of the Second American Civil War, I would begin it myself.”
He has described himself as an American Fascist, and even his campaign logo is nearly identical to that of Benito Mussolini. He has displayed swastikas in his published campaign materials.
He has expressed support for a eugenics program, which would sterilize, euthanize or forcibly abort “the weakest, the least intelligent, and the most diseased.”
Many of his supporters are known members of Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, such as American Front, Vinelanders, and Stormfront, and he has been recruiting them into the Libertarian Party.
In a private, face-to-face meeting with Mr. Invictus, I asked him directly, “Do you actually intend to kill millions of people and start a civil war?” His answer to me was, “It’s my religion.”
Wyllie also strongly objects to the fact that Invictus sacrificed a goat, which he claims led to the man’s ejection from the religious group he belonged to at the time:
Mr. Invictus practices Thelema, an occult pagan religion based on the teachings of Aleister Crowley. Mr. Invictus was ejected from Ordo Templi Orientis for brutally and sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice.
Invictus previously responded to some of Wyllie’s criticisms in a lengthy September Facebook post, saying, among other things, that his personal life gives lie to accusations of racism. Invictus, who is divorced from a Hispanic woman, has four children:
It has been said that I am a racist and a neo-Nazi. I guarantee you that my Puerto Rican ex-wife, our half-Puerto Rican children, and my half-Colombian step-children—not to mention my string of Latina girlfriends—would be quite shocked to hear of this.
It has been said that I have promoted a “race-based civil war.” I will give one million dollars to the person who finds this in anything I have ever said or written.
Invictus told the Associated Press that while he did sacrifice a goat, he is certainly not a neo-Nazi. He said he killed the animal after surviving a brutal pilgrimage through the Mojave desert, and sacrificed it to give thanks. He also said he doesn’t support a civil war or a race war, but argues the government is currently at war with its citizenry. He told the AP:
“The only question is when are the citizens going to start fighting back?” he said in a phone interview Friday. “I don’t think I’m the only person who sees a cataclysm coming, but I think I’m the only person saying it, and I think that scares people.”
Sacrifice? Yes. Brutal and sadistic? Not according to Invictus.
“I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans,” he said. “I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness ... Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”
Invictus also declined to reveal his birth name to the Associated Press, although he did acknowledge that he’s changed it. His new name means something like “majestic unconquered sun.”
The candidate has also come in from some questioning about his accent, which seems to only appear when he’s giving speeches. Though he doesn’t have any discernible accent normally, when addressing the public, he sounds heavily Southern. Colonel Sanders or Foghorn Leghorn Southern, one might describe it. Invictus told Capital New York the change is a result of nerves and adrenaline.
In 2013, as Above the Law reported at the time, Invictus wrote an open letter to his fellow DePaul graduates renouncing his American citizenship, his license to practice law, and his membership in the Catholic Church, among other things, and announced his plans to head into the wilderness. He promised to return “bearing Revolution:”
I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War; that if I did not witness the coming of the Second American Civil War I would begin it myself. Mark well: That day is fast coming upon you. On the New Moon of May, I shall disappear into the Wilderness. I will return bearing Revolution, or I will not return at all.
Instead, by December 2014 he was representing Marcus Faella, formerly of the American Front, a white supermacist group. Ten Florida members, including Faella, the American Front’s then-leader, were arrested in 2012, accused of plotting to kill Jews, non-white people and immigrants. Faella was eventually convicted on the lesser charge of teaching paramilitary training in preparation for a future race war. He was sentenced to just six months in jail, which he appealed, with Invictus as his lawer.
In a campaign FAQ, Invictus affirms that he’s not a fascist, doesn’t mind black people and women voting, per se, and renounced his citizenship only as a religious act: “[T]he renunciation in question was intended as a religious act and has no bearing on his candidacy for the Senate.”
Jezebel has contacted Invictus for comment and will certainly update if we hear back.
Invictus in a video address to conservative commentator Roger Stone. Screengrab via YouTube