Here at Examiner we like to tell you about unusual candidates for office. Sometimes they’re animals like Giggles the Pig or Limberbutt McCubbins. Other times they can be joke candidates like Deez Nuts or Donald Trump. But our favorite ones are the ones who have bizarre world views like Gordon Klingenschmitt or the latest entry, Augustus Sol Invictus. Yes, that’s his real name and no, he wasn’t born with it.
Even though he may sound more like a Roman Emperor with a name like that, he is in fact an American. He has declined to publicly reveal his birth name, as his current name is probably much better anyway, Invictus has caused quite a stir in his bid to take Marco Rubio’s Senate seat in Florida (like this could happen anywhere else), declaring himself a Libertarian and creating a rift when his religious beliefs were revealed.
Typically, libertarians are considered one of the more religiously tolerant parties, with both the Democratic and the Republican party being pretty heavily influenced by Christian groups of various stripes. Libertarians generally have a “live and let live” type of attitude toward this sort of thing, but it seems Invictus’ beliefs were beyond the pail for Florida Libertarian Chair Adrian Wyllie. We should say former chair, as he resigned over the entire thing.
Citing concerns over Invictus’ popularity among white supremacists, Wyllie took to Facebook and made a long statement as to his concerns over Invictus’ claims and ideas. The thing that has caught many people’s attention, however, is the claim the Invictus practices animal sacrifice and drinks the blood of goats.
Invictus has acknowledged these allegations, only taking umbrage at the accusation that the killings were “sadistic.” While it may be unusual, it really isn’t that farfetched when you consider the religious views of some of the more extreme christian politicians, such as Mike Huckabee.
He also considers himself something of a fascist, which you may note as more or less the polar opposite of a Libertarian, supports eugenics, and wishes to start another civil war according to Wyllie. For his part, Invictus denies the latter accusations, saying only that he has defended them in court as part of his duties as a lawyer.
In fact, Invictus went to great lengths to deny every accusation leveled against him by Wyllie–except for the whole drinking the blood of goats thing. Which isn’t really all that bad, so long as the killings were truly not sadistic and in line with religious and not outside the limits of animal cruelty.