The chilling worldview of this white supremacist who helped lead the Charlottesville rally shows why so many people are furious with Trump

On Monday, "Vice News Tonight" published a chilling 22-minute documentary featuring interviews with several of the white nationalists who helped lead the "Unite the Right" rally that devolved into violence and chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

Most prominently featured throughout the episode is Christopher Cantwell, a white supremacist who offers an in-depth description of his beliefs and his movement's goals at the rally to VICE correspondent Elle Reeves.

In his remarks, Cantwell offers racist critiques of black and Jewish people, confirms that his movement is a violent one, and defends the death of Heather Heyer — the 32-year-old victim mowed down by a white supremacist last Saturday — as "justified."

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Riot police protect members of the Ku Klux Klan from counter-protesters as they arrive to rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Protesters direct obscene gestures towards members of the Ku Klux Klan, who are rallying in support of Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TEMPLATE OUT
Counter-protesters shout at members of the Ku Klux Klan, who are rallying in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TEMPLATE OUT
Members of the Ku Klux Klan face counter-protesters as they rally in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
A counter-protester is detained as members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police detain a counter-protester during the aftermath of a rally by members of the Ku Klux Klan in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Counter-protesters lock arms in the middle of a street as police try to disperse them, after members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police, clergy and free speech observers protect a man wearing a Confederate flag as a cape after he was surrounded by counter-protesters prior to the arrival of members of the Ku Klux Klan to rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Counter-protesters help a man affected by pepper gas as police try to disperse them, after members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police, clergy and free speech observers protect a man wearing a Confederate flag as a cape after he was surrounded by counter-protesters prior to the arrival of members of the Ku Klux Klan to rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Riot police protect members of the Ku Klux Klan from counter-protesters as they arrive to rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TEMPLATE OUT
Counter-protesters lock arms in the middle of a street as police try to disperse them, after members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in opposition to city proposals to remove or make changes to Confederate monuments, such as the statue of General Stonewall Jackson above them, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the Ku Klux Klan, standing near a tomato and and an orange that had been thrown at them by counter-protesters, hold a sign as they rally in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Cantwell's comments, apart from their shock value, reveal the extremity of the views of the "Unite the Right" attendees — a point that critics of President Donald Trump have struggled to impress upon him in the wake of the deadly rally.

Trump has, so far, condemned the white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis at the rally mostly by equating their actions with counter-protesters whom he called the "alt-left," a term that was created by white nationalists and in fact refers to no specific group that self-identifies under the label.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say — the alt-right?" Trump said Tuesday at a press conference in New York City. "You had, you had a group on one side that was bad. And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I'll say it right now."

He added that there were "very fine people on both sides."

Trump's equivalence between the actions of the white nationalists and those of the counter-protesters has drawn backlash both from Trump critics and members of his own party, who have been nearly united in their condemnation of the "Unite the Right" rally and of his comments.

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This is James Allsup -- speaker at the alt-right rally, Wash State U. College Republicans president, and one of… https://t.co/cqRBujyz5K
These two torchbearers are Ryan Martin (L) and Jacob Dix (R) of Centerville, Ohio #ExposeTheAltRight… https://t.co/i6UhaPm1bI
This little prick from Eagle Rock, VA was also in Charlottesville yesterday and thinks he's a tough guy… https://t.co/SzHlUU9JM9
Anybody have a name for this dope at the end of the @bakedalaska video in the ill-fitting white suit, tricorner hat… https://t.co/75VAfn3TGo
UPDATE: Cole White, the first person I exposed, no longer has a job 💁‍♂️ #GoodNightColeWhite #ExposeTheAltRight… https://t.co/9jrc3XGOnS
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Looks like Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who organized the hate march, met with Congressman @RepTomGarrett (… https://t.co/jNm7rIalu6
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As VICE's interview with Cantwell shows, the white nationalists at the rally openly embraced racism and violence as they descended on Charlottesville last weekend.

Hoping for a leader who is "a lot more racist than Donald Trump" and who "does not give his daughter to a Jew"

At one point, Reeves asks whether Cantwell believes white people are capable of violence, to which he responds, "of course we're capable."

"I'm carrying a pistol, I go to the gym all the time, I'm trying to make myself more capable of violence," he says.

Cantwell even disputes Reeves' suggested description of the movement as "non-violent."

"I'm not even saying we're non-violent. I'm saying that f------ we did not aggress [sic]. We did not initiate force against anybody. We're not non-violent, we'll f------ kill these people if we have to," he says.

At one point, Cantwell even says he hopes for a leader who is "a lot more racist than Donald Trump" and who "does not give his daughter to a Jew," referring to the marriage between Trump's daughter Ivanka and Jared Kushner, who are Jewish.

"I don't think that you could feel about race the way that I do, and watch that Kushner b------ walk around with that beautiful girl, okay?" Cantwell said.

In a later segment of the documentary, Cantwell predicts that "a lot more people are going to die before we're done here."

He continues: "This is part of the reason that we want an ethno-state. The blacks are killing each other in staggering numbers from coast to coast — we don't really want a part of that anymore, and so the fact that they resist us when we say we want a homeland is not shocking to me. These people want violence and the right is just meeting a market demand."

Watch the full episode from VICE News below:

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