A Florida candidate for U.S. Senate admitted he once killed a goat and drank its blood as part of a pagan ritual, according to reports Monday. Augustus Sol Invictus has now drawn criticism over his past actions.
In 2013, Invictus -- the Libertarian Party candidate -- traveled from central Florida to the Mojave Desert, which occupies a significant part of southeastern California, and spent a week there fasting, BBC reported. After returning to Florida, he killed the goat as a “sacrifice.”
"I did sacrifice a goat. I know that's probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans," Invictus told the Associated Press. "I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness. ... Yes, I drank the goat's blood."
On Thursday, Adrian Wyllie, the state party's chairman, resigned to draw people's attention to Invictus’ candidacy, and also in hopes that other party leaders would boycott him. He alleged that Invictus had extreme views and cruelly mutilated the goat.
"He's a self-proclaimed fascist. He's promoting a second civil war," Wyllie reportedly said. "This guy has no place in the Libertarian Party."
According to BBC, Wyllie, who unsuccessfully ran as a Libertarian for Florida governor last year, feared the Invictus campaign will hamper the party's recent gains. However, Invictus said Wyllie's accusations were only a "smear campaign" and added that though he was popular among white supremacists, he was not racist.
The 32-year-old, whose birth name isn't Invictus, changed his name to the Latin phrase that means "majestic unconquered sun." He has refused to reveal his previous name, according to reports.