GOP Candidate Who Calls Himself ‘Emperor’ Arrested In Kidnapping And Domestic Violence Charges
Police in Brevard County, Florida, arrested Republican candidate Augustus Sol Invictus on charges of kidnapping and domestic violence, journalist Nick Martin reported Wednesday.
Invictus, a self-described white nationalist, was born as Austin Mitchell Gillespie, but he legally changed his name to the Latin term for “majestic unconquered sun.” He’s is being held without bond in the Brevard County jail, with the charge listed as “out of state fugitive.”
“Court records show Invictus was picked up on a warrant out of South Carolina and is being held without bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 15,” Martin reported.
Invictus has been a leading voice in the Alt-Right and was a featured speaker at the fatal “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“His myriad speeches, writings, recordings and political activities in the past six years reveal his primary motivations to be racism, sexism and anti-Semitism, coupled with a dangerous penchant for violence,” the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) explained.
“In keeping with his fantasies about the glory of conflict, he’s involved in the American Guard as a ‘Sergeant at Arms,’ and he’s second in command of the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, an offshoot of Gavin McInnes’ Proud Boys that McInnes has called the ‘military division,’ Invictus has made specific, public calls to violence. He frequently threatens to hang people from lampposts, hurling the warning specifically at attorneys, progressives and journalists, even calling out VICE Media by name,” SPLC noted.
The arrest was, “part of a joint effort by U.S. Marshals from both South Carolina and Orlando, Florida as well as the Brevard County sheriff’s fugitive unit,” according to the report.