An ex-convict, self-declared racist with openly misogynistic views is running for a seat in the United States Congress as an independent candidate in Virginia's 10th Congressional District.
In an interview with HuffPost on Thursday, Nathan Larson, 37, of Charlottesville, Virginia, was reportedly "open about his paedophilia" because he doesn't want to be constrained by political correctness.
"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."
Larson admitted to HuffPost he was behind the websites suiped.org and incelocalypse.today, which no longer exist but provided forums for paedophiles and misogynists.
Though he never claimed to engage in sexual acts with minors in posts on these websites, Larson allegedly expressed a desire to do so. In his various writings, Larson also endorsed incest, kidnapping and rape.
When asked whether he’s a paedophile or just writes about paedophilia, 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.
When asked for clarification on his views on apedophilia, Larson told Business Insider, "I'm not a self-declared paedophile. It's not a label I choose to attach to myself.
Larson said he thinks "paedosexuality" exists "on a spectrum, much like the gay-straight spectrum, in which people can be mildly attracted or extremely attracted (in the case of paedosexuality, to children), or somewhere in between."
"At some point, people decide their gay tendencies are strong enough that they want to identify as gay, or paedophilic enough that they want to identify as paedophilic," Larson added. "I personally don't consider myself strongly enough paedophilic that I would identify as a paedophile."
Larson went on to say he wants to "abolish the marriageable age" adding he believes fathers should be able to choose when their daughters are "married off."
In Larson's view, women are not "competent to make their own sexual decisions at any age."
Larson also admitted to Business Insider he once confessed to raping his ex-wife but said that was a "mistake" and he now wishes to "recant" that confession.
Meanwhile, Larson's campaign manifesto includes praise for Adolf Hitler and vehemently anti-feminist language.
He described Hitler as a "white supremacist hero" and in a section supporting gun rights stated, "Guns don't kill people – feminists do." Larson argued in order to prevent future school shootings "patriarchal" rule must be re-instituted in American families.
In the manifesto, Larson also states, "I am indeed racist." When discussing his views on racism with Business Insider, Larson described himself as a "race realist" and argued white or Asian-led countries are generally more prosperous.
"I acknowledge that first world countries are usually white or Asian-led countries, and I don't believe this is a coincidence," Larsaon said.
"Mexico would probably be a first world country too, if it were run by whites, even if the bulk of its population were to remain Latino," he added. "The same applies to the US; even if whites become a minority of the American population, the US will still probably remain a first world country as long as whites are in control."
Larson ran for Congress in 2008 in Virginia's 1st District but was disqualified after threatening to kill the president. He ultimately spent 14 months in a federal prison for the threat and was barred from running for public office.
After Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored voting rights and other civil rights to felons, however, Larson once again became eligible to run.
Larson is not the only person with unabashed white supremacist views hoping to end up in Congress. According to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a record number of white nationalists are running for national office in 2018.
Despite his extremely controversial views, Larson believes people will vote for him because they're "open-minded" and are tired of establishment candidates.