A candidate running as a Libertarian for the U.S. Senate from Florida is being criticized this week for revelations that, in the past, he participated in pagan ceremonies and once even killed a goat and drank its blood.
Florida Senate candidate Augustus Sol Invictus, 32, has admitted to a ceremony some two years ago where he spent a week in the Mojave Desert fasting and praying. After his week of fasting was up, Invictus says he went home, slaughtered a goat, and drank its blood to “give thanks” for surviving the ordeal.
But now, his ceremony is coming back to haunt him as he throws his hat in the ring for the U.S. Senate.
The incident is not a dirty trick, though. The candidate is openly admitting to killing the goat.
“I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans,” Invictus told Salon.com. “I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness–yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”
But drinking a little goat blood might be the least of the oddities with the Invictus campaign.
Invictus, whose name means “majestic unconquered sun” in Latin and who “refuses to reveal his given name,” says that he sees a second civil war coming and wants America to prepare for it.
“The only question is when are the citizens going to start fighting back?” he asked Salon. “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.” He insists that, with his campaign, he is trying to “wake up voters.”
The candidate also admitted to the Orlando Sentinel that he has been investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Marshals service, and other law enforcement agencies. He claims these investigations were launched because he has posted a series of YouTube videos meant to warn the country against a “great war.”
Though Invictus is running as a Libertarian, other Libertarians in the state deny he has anything to do with their party.
“He is the absolute exact opposite of a Libertarian. He’s a self-proclaimed fascist. He’s promoting a second civil war,” said Adrian Wyllie, now former chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida. “It’s absolute insanity. We must explain to people this is the opposite of Libertarians. This guy has no place in the Libertarian Party.”
Wyllie is leading a charge to get the Florida Libertarian Party to denounce Invictus in no uncertain terms.
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