There appears to be a running theme in right-wing American politics today: increasingly absurd and obscene candidates.
In Virginia, a contender for ‘most scandalous candidate’ is an admitted pedophile whose platform includes protecting gun rights, free trade, and enshrining “benevolent white supremacy” – as well as legalizing incestuous marriage and child pornography.
Nathan Larson, a 37-year-old accountant, is running as an independent.
“A lot of people are tired of political correctness and being constrained by it,” [Larson] said. “People prefer when there’s an outsider who doesn’t have anything to lose and is willing to say what’s on a lot of people’s minds.”
When asked whether he’s a pedophile or just writes about pedophilia, he said, “It’s a mix of both. When people go over the top there’s a grain of truth to what they say.”
Asked whether there was a “grain of truth” in his essay about father-daughter incest and another about raping his ex-wife repeatedly, he said yes, offering that plenty of women have rape fantasies.
Larson believes Congress should take America back to the good old days and repeal the Violence Against Women Act:
“We need to switch to a system that classifies women as property, initially of their fathers and later of their husbands.” He also showed sympathy for men who identify as involuntary celibates, or incels, suggesting it is unfair that they “are forced to pay taxes for schools, welfare, and other support for other men’s children.”
Larson also frequented the website incelocalypse.today – a site for incels who are pedophiles – identifying himself as a “hebephilic rapist” and noting he had raped his ex-wife.
According to the site, which HuffPost viewed before it was taken down, “incelocalypse” refers to “the day we make the jailbaits our rape-slaves.” (The term “jailbait” is slang for a person who is under the legal age of consent for sex.)
HuffPost did not view any posts explicitly stating that he has engaged in sexual activity with minors, although he repeatedly expressed a desire to have sex with infants and children, including his own daughter. In the phone call, Larson said that the word “pedophile” is “vague” and “just a label,” adding that it’s “normal” for men to be attracted to underage women. He said he did not commit any crimes.
And why does Larson believe he has a shot at getting elected?
“People are open-minded.”
He continued, “A lot of people who disagreed with someone like Trump … might vote for them anyway just because the establishment doesn’t like them.”