Anti-Muslim Activist Selling Motorcycle So He Can ‘Buy More Guns, Etc.’

Anti-Muslim activist Jon Ritzheimer announced Monday via a post on Facebook that he was selling his motorcycle “for obvious reasons” because he needed “every penny I can get to buy more guns, etc.”

Ritzheimer, who in May organized a “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest and anti-Muslim protest rally outside a Phoenix mosque, said he was selling his bike on Craigslist’s Phoenix site.

In his post on Facebook, Ritzheimer included a link to Craigslist and said he was selling his bike to “buy more guns, etc.”

Ritzheimer didn’t mention the anti-Muslim rally on his Craigslist post, saying simply that his “life has been turned upside down” and he could no longer afford the payments on the motorcycle. He said he wouldn’t “put the whole story” on Craigslist but said he needed “every penny I have to invest in protection for my family.”

This is what Ritzheimer posted on Craigslist:

On Friday, Ritzheimer said on Facebook that he had been hacked and that a $10 million GoFundMe page which had appeared on his Facebook page last month was a fake.

The initial post revealing the GoFundMe campaign had been posted on May 31 with the goal of raising $10 million to “protect his family or run against” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

On June 1, another post revealed that the campaign had been suspended but a post on Ritzheimer’s Facebook page said the effort was “not totally dead in the water” because “according to [GoFundMe’s] terms this should not be shut down so let’s hope they free it up soon.”

By June 3, both posts were no longer visible on his page and Ritzheimer posted a video saying he’d been hacked.

After the May 29 rally, Ritzheimer said he and his family had been forced to go into hiding and take cover from the verbal attacks he’d received.

Ritzheimer’s rally was held in support of a similar cartoon contest that was hosted by outspoken anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller. That event in early May in Garland, Texas was disrupted by two gunmen who attempted to attack it. The two men, alleged Islamic State sympathizers, were shot and killed by security outside of the event.

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