A white supremacist who helped organise the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has appeared on camera crying as he describes his fear of arrest.
Chris Cantwell, a racist who previously claimed he and others would “f***ing kill” anti-fascist demonstrators for interfering with their right to express their views, sobs uncontrollably in the clip.
He claims to be the subject of an arrest warrant, and says he is “terrified” of the prospect of being detained.
The blogger was featured in a Vice News documentary filmed before, during and after the rally in Virginia turned violent. In the film, after being pepper sprayed, he rants that “we’re not non-violent. We’ll f***ing kill these people if we have to.”
He is seen showing off a number of guns he brought to the city.
He has previously claimed that “white men are the de facto rulers of the Earth”.
But his bullish tone changed as he described tearfully how “I’ve been engaged in violence, I have, there’s no question about it, and I’ve done nothing to hide that. But it was done in defence of myself and others”.
Addressing his comments to the police, he says: “I’m armed, I do not want violence with you, alright, I’m terrified, I’m afraid you’re going to kill me, I really am.
“So lets just do this however we need to do it. If I’ve got to go to jail today, it won’t be the f***ing first time.”
The video was posted to YouTube by a different user.
Mr Cantwell has been banned from a string of social media sites.
The local paper in his home town of Keene, New Hampshire, said police there were not aware of an arrest warrant for Mr Cantwell.