Trump’s ‘Great Patriots’ EXPOSED: How rag-tag bunch of Capitol looters is made up of white supremacists who celebrate Auschwitz and attend far-right rallies cross America – and a Nazi-tattoed ‘Shaman’
- The heavily-tattooed Trump supporter has been identified as Jake Angeli – dubbed the QAnon Shaman
- Angeli was at the front of a group of agitators, named as members of Proud Boys and other right wing groups
- Other key figures in the riot include Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, 60, who entered Nancy Pelosi’s office
- Barnett boasted that he ‘wrote her a nasty note, put my feet up on her desk and scratched my balls’
- Another looter who smiled for a photo as he made off with a lectern has been named as Adam Johnson
- Do you know any of the people involved in yesterday’s riot? Contact [email protected]
At least 70 people were arrested and four died when a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol Wednesday.
Dozens of those involved in the violent siege are yet to be identified and the FBI is now asking for the helping in finding them, tweeting they are ‘accepting tips & digital media depicting rioting & violence in the U.S. Capitol Building & surrounding area on January 6, 2021.’
‘If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant,’ they added.
The former Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, has said the bureau must make ‘identifying, arresting, and prosecuting every single person that you possibly can that entered that Capitol building yesterday’ a top priority.
But some of those who took part have already been identified online as members of far right groups, white nationalists, Neo-Nazis and supporters of conspiracy theory QAnon from states all over the country including Arizona, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Oregon.
Online forums popular with Trump supporters lit up with gleeful posts about the chaotic scenes broadcast from the Capitol. Thousands of messages on Parler, a right-wing alternative to Twitter, included the hashtag #civilwar or other variations of the term.
Here DailyMail.com breaks down those who have been identified.
The QAnon Shaman, real name Jake Angeli
The heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint and occupied the Senate dais moments after Vice President Mike Pence delivered his rebuke to Donald Trump has been revealed to be an Arizona-based QAnon believer who used to promote himself as a singer and actor.
Jake Angeli, 32, often known as the QAnon Shaman, has become a fixture at recent right-wing rallies while decked out in his signature attire.
One of his tattoos is said to show the symbol of Wotanism, an acronym for ‘Will of the Aryan Nation.’
Dr Adam Rutherford tweeted: ‘I know this jamiroquoi wannabe muthaf***a is kinda funny but his tattoo is the symbol of Wotanism, which is a Nazi/Odin occult that believes Jews control the government, the Holocaust is exaggerated and champions the 14/88 slogan. He’s a real card-carrying Nazi.’
Angeli was at the front of a group of agitators who broke into the Capitol and faced off with DC police who desperately tried in vain to protect the establishment.
He then made his way into the Senate chamber where he was seen shouting and posing for photos.
Angeli flexed his left arm as he stood behind the dais in the Senate chamber where just moments earlier Vice President Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi had stood.
He was flanked by an American flag and his fellow rioters took photos of him on their smartphones.
The heavily-tattooed Trump supporter, who has become a fixture at recent right-wing rallies decked out in his signature attire, has been identified as Jake Angeli
The ‘Qanon Shaman’ was also seen screaming in the chamber and clutching a megaphone.
Angeli has become a prominent figure at pro-Trump rallies, always sporting his signature outfit of fur, horns, face paint and bare chest, where he has spouted off about QAnon conspiracy theories.
Most recently he has been active at Arizona rallies calling for the results of the presidential election to be overturned, after Trump has refused to concede and pushed unfounded claims of voter fraud ever since he lost to Joe Biden.
Angeli has previously admitted his belief in QAnon started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet
At a pro-Trump rally at the Arizona State Capitol in February, he held aloft a banner reading ‘Q Sent Me’ in reference to QAnon.
He was also seen at reopen Arizona rallies protesting against lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In one photo posted on his Facebook account in November, where he calls himself Yellowstone Wolf, Angeli is seen shaking hands with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney – who hours before the violence kicked off encouraged supporters to pursue a ‘trial by combat’.
He has also posted about numerous conspiracy theories including a video claiming there is a ‘globalist plot for world domination thru the plandemic & its numerous different agendas’.
Angeli has previously admitted his belief in QAnon started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet.
‘At a certain point, it all clicked in a way,’ he said in an interview in February, reported AZCentral.
‘Oh, my God. I see now the reality of what’s going on.’
QAnon is the debunked extreme right wing conspiracy theory that claims Satan-worshipping pedophiles are plotting against Trump and are running a global child sex trafficking ring.
An undated profile for Angeli on Backstage.com shows the 32-year-old was a singer, screenwriter and actor.
Barnett has also bought into Trump’s unfounded claims that the election has been ‘stolen’ from him and has been spotted at other Stop The Steal rallies including one in Bentonville in November.
The longtime Arizona QAnon supporter dressed in fur and a horned helmet, was among the violent mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday
An undated profile for Angeli on Backstage.com shows the 32-year-old was a singer, screenwriter and actor
QAnon is the debunked extreme right wing conspiracy theory that claims Satan-worshipping pedophiles are plotting against Trump and are running a global child sex trafficking ring. Angeli at a rally in Phoenix in November
In one photo posted on his Facebook account in November, where he calls himself Yellowstone Wolf, Angeli is seen shaking hands with Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal attorney who hours before the violence kicked off encouraged supporters to pursue a ‘trial by combat’
Angeli leads a mob of supporters breaking into the Capitol Wednesday night causing lawmakers to evacuate the chambers
Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett
Meanwhile, the insurrectionist who brazenly put his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk in her office is now known to be a 60-year-old Arkansas man who claims he will run for Arkansas governor in 2022 and describes himself as a white nationalist online.
Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett boasted outside the Capitol following the siege that he ‘wrote [Pelosi] a nasty note, put my feet up on her desk and scratched my balls’. A photo from Pelosi’s office showed another threatening note on her desk reading ‘we will not back down’.
Meanwhile, in Pelosi’s office, 60-year-old Barnett posed for a photo reclining in the House Speaker’s chair before he later returned to the crowd of supporters outside and flashed a hand-written envelope he had looted.
In Pelosi’s office, 60-year-old Barnett posed for a photo reclining in the House Speaker’s chair before he later returned to the crowd of supporters outside and flashed a hand-written envelope he had looted
In one selfie on his Facebook page, Barnett is seen posing with a semi-automatic rifle
Barnett later told the New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg he ‘fell’ into Pelosi’s office as he showed off the personalized envelope which was addressed to The Honorable Billy Long and had Pelosi’s signature on it.
‘I didn’t steal it,’ he claimed, saying he ‘left a quarter on her desk’.
‘And I left her a note on her desk that says ‘Nancy Bigo was here you b**ch’.’
He also denied storming her office, claiming he politely knocked on her office door and was pushed in by other protesters.
‘I’ll probably be telling them this is what happened all the way to the DC jail,’ he said.
In a November post on Facebook, where he goes by the alias George Reincarnated Patton, Barnett claimed he will run for governor of Arkansas in 2022 saying he will ‘be running on the COMMON SENSE platform’.
He has also shared images of the Gadsden flag snake – which is regarded as a racist symbol – and boasts of being a white nationalist.
In several photos, he is seen posing with semi-automatic rifles.
On Barnett’s Facebook, he has shared images of the Gadsden flag snake – which is regarded as a racist symbol – and boasts of being a white nationalist
Another supporter of US President Donald J. Trump sits on the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after breaking in
Barnett inside the office with the envelope he stole and later flashed outside as he returned to the crowd
Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett later told the New York Times he ‘fell’ into her office after he was pictured making himself comfortable in Pelosi’s chair, as he showed off a personalized envelope he stole as a souvenir
Baked Alaska, real name Tim Gionet
Another of the mob was Tim Gionet, an online personality known as Baked Alaska who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist who was involved in the far-right Charlottesville rally in 2017.
Gionet posted video that showed Trump supporters in ‘Make America Great Again’ and ‘God Bless Trump’ hats milling around and taking selfies with officers who calmly asked them to leave the premises.
The Trump supporters talked among themselves, laughed, and told the officers and each other: ‘This is only the beginning.’
Another of the mob was Tim Gionet, an online personality known as Baked Alaska who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist who was involved in the far-right Charlottesville rally in 2017
Donald Trump signs the tattooed arm of Tim Gionet, an online personality known as Baked Alaska, in 2016
Rick Saccone, former state lawmaker in Pennsylvania
Even elected politicians were part of the mob. Rick Saccone, who ran for a U.S. House seat in 2018 and was once a state lawmaker in Pennsylvania, bragged on Facebook that ‘we are storming the Capitol’ and that ‘our vanguard has broken through the barricades’.
Saccone also told his followers: ‘We are trying to run out all the evil people and RINOs that have betrayed our president. We are going to run them out of their offices.’
He later deleted that post but not before it was seen by his followers, CBS reports.
He added: ‘Hello Mr. President, we love you. Keep doing what you’re doing. We’re with you. Until next time, in God we trust.’
Even elected politicians were part of the mob. Rick Saccone, who ran for a U.S. House seat in 2018 and was once a state lawmaker in Pennsylvania, bragged on Facebook that ‘we are storming the Capitol’
Rick Saccone, who ran for a U.S. House seat in 2018 and was once a se lawmaker in Pennsylvania, posted this picture
Derrick Evans, a member of West Virginia’s House of Delegates, streamed live footage from the Capitol as he joined in the march. He later claimed he was ‘simply there as an independent member of the media’.
Derrick Evans, a member of West Virginia’s House of Delegates, streamed live footage from the Capitol Wednesday
Evans, who calls himself an activist online, later deleted the footage showing him rushing inside with the mob.
‘We’re going in,’ he tells followers.
In other clips he could be heard chanting ‘stop the steal’, The New York Times reports.
Unidentified, the pro-Trumper wearing a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt
The pro-Trumper wearing a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt, far left, has not been identified. The FBI are asking for helping in finding rioters
Another looter who smiled for a photo as he made off with a lectern has been identified as Adam Johnson – a psychology graduate from Bradenton, Florida.
Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the building.
Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege.
Another looter who smiled for a photo as he made off with a lectern has been named as Adam Johnson – a psychology graduate from Bradenton, Florida
Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the building
Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege
Johnson shared images of himself sporting MAGA hats and sinking beers as he wrote that he had ‘made it to DC’ Tuesday – the day before the siege
Leigh Ann Luck
Outside the chaos in the capitol, another vocal Trump supporter Leigh Ann Luck, dressed up as the Statue of Liberty as she shouted in protest against Biden’s victory.
The National Guard was deployed to help police enforce a 6pm curfew in DC. Hundreds of protesters remained on the Capitol grounds after the curfew went into effect and Mayor Muriel Bowser refused to say if violators would be arrested.
Earlier in the evening, President-elect Joe Biden called for the ‘mob to pull back’ and said the uprising bordered on sedition.
Trump – after remaining silent for much of the afternoon – posted a video telling his ‘very special’ supporters inside the Capitol that he loves them and understands their pain but urged them ‘to go home’.
He had initially encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol after a rally earlier in the afternoon before asking them only to remain peaceful when violence broke out.
Outside the chaos in the capitol, another vocal Trump supporter Leigh Ann Luck, dressed up as the Statue of Liberty as she shouted in protest against Biden’s victory
Leigh Ann Luck dressed up as Statue of Liberty poses for a picture as supporters of Donald Trump protested Biden’s victory
The Capitol was briefly secured before being placed on lockdown again at around 6.45pm due to an ‘internal security threat’ after an officer was reportedly found unconscious. Anyone inside a building at the Capitol complex was instructed to take cover in an office with doors locked.
But just before 8pm lawmakers who had been whisked to safety when the siege kicked off began arriving back at the Capitol to resume the Joint Session to certify the Electoral College count of the presidential election.
The lawmakers were seen flanked by armed guards as they made their way into the Capitol. A spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, who is residing over the Joint Session, said he was already in the building because he’d never left.
The crowd of Trump supporters at the Capitol also included adherents of the ‘Groyper Army,’ a loose network of white supremacists that includes ‘America First’ podcaster Nick Fuentes.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said the mob´s actions were ‘clearly consistent’ with the conspiratorial rhetoric of QAnon, the baseless belief that Trump has been secretly fighting deep state enemies and a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring.
‘QAnon has been calling on this kind of madness for years,’ Greenblatt said.
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