Augustus Sol Invictus, who once drank the blood of a freshly killed goat, is not your typical U.S. Senate candidate.
The fiery Libertarian once wrote a paper praising eugenics, is frequently blocked from Facebook for mocking his primary opponent and refuses to disclose his given name at birth.
Invictus, 33, an Orlando attorney who freely describes himself as “the most dangerous Libertarian in America,” came to South Florida on Tuesday evening to speak in front of 15 Miami-Dade party members at John Martin’s Irish Pub in Coral Gables. (He takes his name from the Latin for “Majestic Unconquered Sun,” a cult religion of the Roman Empire.)
The event was not your usual political fare.
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Clad in a gray vest with slicked hair, Invictus calmly answered questions like: “Are you friends with white supremacists?” (Answer: Yes) “Would you disavow an endorsement from a white supremacist group?” (Possibly) “Would you accept campaign contributions from white supremacists?” (From individuals, yes)
It took less than 10 seconds for the goat incident to come up, after forum moderator Pierre Alexandre Crevaux asked Invictus how the campaign was going.
“It’s brutal, soaked in blood,” Invictus said.
“Goat’s blood?” an audience member asked.
“Zing,” said Invictus, who drank goat’s blood in celebration at the end of a walk from Orlando to the Mojave Desert in 2013.
The audience then began asking questions, notably whether Invictus supports Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, who campaigned in Miami last week.
Invictus began his answer with the phrase, “From a Machiavellian perspective…” before saying that having Johnson on the ticket will help his candidacy in November through increased exposure, even though he disagrees with him on many issues.
Invictus, who usually speaks to audiences in a voice that sounds like John F. Kennedy but with the delivery of Malcolm X, on Tuesday used a more conversational tone while stating that the federal government should not invest in funds to fight Zika in South Florida.
He criticized other candidates whom he said reassure people that everything is under control when dealing with issues like Zika.
“I am not that candidate,” he said.
Invictus freely answered almost every question from the audience except one: What is his path to victory in November?
“My entire strategy involves the art of war,” Invictus said. “We have a strategy of attacking [Republican Marco] Rubio and [Democrat Patrick] Murphy … but I cannot say aloud.”
With less than a week before the primary, Invictus didn’t come to Miami to woo Cuban-American voters, saying Marco Rubio “can have those votes” and that he won’t be heading to Versailles Restaurant for the familiar photo-op that Johnson flubbed last week.
“I don’t need it,” Invictus said when asked if he’ll try a cafecito.
Libertarians in Florida, including the 1,500 registered party members in Miami-Dade County, will vote in the party’s first-ever statewide primary on Aug. 30. Invictus’ opponent is information technology specialist Paul Stanton, who did not attend Tuesday’s event.