A right-wing activist and Democrats known for their unwavering support for former President Trump have been arrested for participating in the Capitol Rebellion urging them to step away from their party.
Brandon Straka, 43, has been charged with a number of offenses, including involving a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder and committing a disturbance in a hearing before Congress.
The former New York City hairstylist and self-described “former liberal” is best known for starting a “walkway campaign” that urged liberal voters to leave the Democratic Party. Earlier this month, Straka announced that Facebook had removed the campaign’s page, which had more than half a million followers.
In June, Strongka made national headlines after she was banned from American Airlines amid a coronovirus epidemic forbidding masks in a flight to Dallas.
In a criminal complaint filed on Monday, the prosecution’s state straka posted several photos and videos during and after the riots. Court documents say investigators were glued to Streca’s involvement when a tipster indicated he had posted Video on Twitter on January 6, in which the activist shouted, “Go, go!” Near the entrance to the Capitol.
“Besides – I would be embarrassed and hide if you needed to. But I was there. It was not the antifa in the Capitol. It was freedom-loving patriots who were desperate to fight for the ultimate hope of our Republic because literally, no one Nobody cares for them. Everyone else can condemn them. I will not, “Straka also wrote in a January 6 tweet.
Prosecutors alleged that Straka took several videos during and after the riots. In a January 7 video, the activist admits: “Yesterday, a lot of us got up very early. We went to the event in which Donald Trump spoke. There were always plans to go to the Capitol. We were going to march from that event … to the Capitol, and there was going to be another rally. I was one of the speakers to speak at the Capitol. ”
Straka says that while he was visiting the Capitol, he came to know that “the Patriots had entered”.
According to the complaint, “They wow, so they are basically going into the storm and try to go to the chamber to demand that we get the investigation we need.”
Straka then claimed that he saw “a burst of tears coming out of the door”.
“Shortly thereafter, a man came out” who told him, “They have approved the Congress. Everyone survived. There is no one inside. Everybody turns around. No one else comes in.”
Despite Straka’s lengthy video claiming that he was not directly involved in the riots, a screenshot of his Twitter account shows that he encouraged MAGA supporters to storm the Capitol.
“Patriots in the Capitol – Elections. The. Line !!!!” he wrote in a Jan. 6 tweet. In another, Straka said he “arrived in the Capitol a few hours earlier because the Patriots were storming from all sides.” I was close enough to enter myself as the police started tearing us through the door. “
“I am completely confused. Everyone on the right for 6-8 weeks ‘1776!’ Has been saying And if Congress goes ahead, it will mean revolution! So the Congress moves forward. The Patriots gave the Capitol a storm – now everyone is virtually indicating their embarrassment that it happened, ”Straka wrote in another post.
The complaint stated that the FBI received several tips about his involvement, one of which is from a relative who said he saw a video of “tailor” Streka entering the Capitol. Relatives said that Straka can be heard saying, “We’re going in. We’re going,” later posted on YouTube with the title in a video, “Straka attacking the Capitol on January 6 is.”
In an eight-minute video taken on 6 January, a Capitol police officer appears holding a protective shield as he tries to stop a mob of rioters. As the men push the officer to break into the Capitol, Straka is heard shouting, “Take it away from him” and “Take the shield!”
Many in the crowd then grab the officer’s shield as Straka shouts: “Lo! Take!”
As Streka continues to move closer to the Capitol entrance, he turns the camera to face himself and says: “They are using gas.” We are being prepared at this time. ”
After launching the “Walkway” campaign in 2018, Straka’s popularity among right-wing organizations increased. On Monday, he was a guest on the podcast of Newsmax host Greg Kelly, who discussed the “war with the far-leftists” with him and Facebook’s decision to remove his campaign page.
It was not immediately clear when the interview was tapped. (Although according to court records, prosecutors originally filed charges against Streka on January 20.)
In June, Straka was stopped by American Airlines after refusing to wear a mask on a flight to Dallas. After a hot exchange He was airlifted, along with an airline employee, while boarding the flight at La Guardia Airport.
In an interview with new York Times After the incident, Straka claimed that he had a medical condition that prevented him from wearing a mask. (Straka, however, did not elaborate on their status.)
“My feeling was that the airline succumbed to the mindset of congestion, which, I think, is happening everywhere in our country right now,” Streka insisted.