Augustus Sol Invictus, a candidate running for Senate under the Libertarian Party label, should be a poster boy for 2016 politics.
I mean, really, can it get any weirder than this?
Augustus Sol Invictus is the Florida Libertarian Party’s candidate and has faced other accusations ranging from his support of eugenics, prophesizing a “great war” within America’s borders and drawing support of neo-Nazis.
Invictus, who declines to reveal his given name, is the only Libertarian candidate looking to fill the vacant seat left by presidential hopeful Marco Rubio. His position as the only representative of the party led now-former party chairman Adrian Wyllie to resign in protest.
Wyllie lobbed these claims publicly in a Facebook post on Thursday that included the accusation of Invictus sacrificing a goat, which Invictus denied to Politico.
Invictus, an avowed pagan, sang a different tune on Friday when pressed further on some of his beliefs and practices.
“I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans,” he told the Associated Press.
“I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness…Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”
In a Facebook post from September trying to refute the claims that Wyllie and others had placed on Invictus privately, he chose to argue the semantics of the accusations saying that he had never advocated for a “race-based civil war” but did not dispute his prediction of a civil war.
When asked by the AP if he still believed in a war that would alter the course of the world, Invictus claimed the government was already at war with its people and that he was not the only person to foresee a revolution.
Invictus has not been asked further about his campaign receiving support from neo-Nazis. Because in the same September Facebook post, instead of attempting to disassociate himself from hate groups, Invictus doubled down when describing a case he had worked on where 14 neo-Nazis were arrested on charges of paramilitary training.
“It has been said that I associate with neo-Nazis and skinheads. You’re goddamn right I do. I am a criminal defense lawyer, and I am proud of the work I have done for the American Front,” Invictus wrote.
“Every Libertarian in America should be supporting them as victims of an overreaching Government, and for the record, I am proud to call them my friends.”
I like this guy. I really do. He’s honest in a Trumpish sort of way, and what’s not to like about sacrificing a goat to the god of the wilderness? Goats are hideous creatures and if I didn’t like feta cheese so much, I would advocate for their extinction.
Of course, he’s bat guano crazy, but hey! Have you ever listened closely to Bernie Sanders? And how about crazy Todd Akin and his belief in a woman’s magic uterus? There are politicians aplenty who are a couple of shakes short of a real martini.
In a year of unorthodox candidates, Mr. Invictus barely stands out at all. Not with a bona fide socialist, a radical Harvard professor, a celebrity real estate tycoon, a retired neurosurgeon, a couple of ex lawmakers who haven’t held office for a decade or more, and other various and sundry gadflies, hangers on, and wannabe carnival barkers already running for high office.
It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.