Gaetz, Greene and Gohmert get 'locked out' of jail during stunt to visit Jan. 6 'political prisoners'
Reps. Matt Gaetz (FL), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), and Louie Gohmert (TX) complained on Thursday after prison officials refused to allow them to enter a facility housing people who allegedly attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Conservative news outlets OAN and RSBN covered the lawmakers' attempt to enter the facility. The stunt was billed as an attempt to check on the welfare of Jan. 6 "political prisoners."
But before Gaetz could open the door, it was locked by an officer.
"They think we're trespassing," Greene complained.
Watch the video clips below.
Wow... @MattGaetz, @mtgreenee, @replouiegohmert, and @RepGosar have been locked out of the federal prison while trying to ask questions and evaluate the conditions! pic.twitter.com/sci9YtDWRb
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) July 29, 2021
Accused Capitol rioter Dan Goodwyn apparently had a hard time being respectful while in court this week and now he might end up in jail as a result.
According to NBC News' Scott MacFarlane, who is following the indictments closely, Goodwyn is accused of refusing to meet with any pretrial services. He also refused to wear a mask during meetings and would play "word games" with court employees.
"During the execution of the search warrant, FBI learned that at least one individual in the residence believed they had COVID-1i. When FBI asked the defendant if he was positive for COVID-19, the defendant refused to answer the question. The defendant additionally refused to take a COVID-19 test and refused to wear any personal protective equipment," said the court documents.
"When FBI placed a mask on the defendant's face after his arrest, the defendant attempted to chew through the mask and spit the mask out. During the defendant's arrest, FBI used approximately five masks on the defendant. The FBI then drove the defendant to a facility approximately 90 minutes from his residence that was willing to quarantine him. After arriving at the facility, the defendant continued to refuse to comply with mask-wearing and the Court's Standing Order on the wearing of a personal protective equipment in the courthouse," the complaint continued.
Goodwyn, a member of the Proud Boys, was arrested and charged not long after the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The FBI statement of facts explained that while Goodwyn was in the Capitol he was called "sfthoughtcriminal" by Anthime Gionet who is also known as "Baked Alaska.'"
He's captured on video wearing dark glasses and a MAGA hat, complaining about Gionet "doxing him." When an officer directed him out of the building, Goodwyn called him an "oathbreaker" and yelled for other attackers to get the officer's badge number.
See the screen capture below:
"The storm" is a term that the far-right conspiracy theorists of QAnon are fond of using, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy used that term during a July 29 press conference when he was criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's support of a mask mandate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
The mandate came from Capitol physician Brian Monahan, and Pelosi has said that she will "honor it." But McCarthy, obviously pandering to anti-masker extremists and coronavirus deniers in the MAGA movement, is vehemently opposed to the mandate. Monahan is calling for the House mask mandate in response to the COVID-19 surge that has been attacking the United States, especially in red states with low vaccination rates.
If I was Kevin McCarthy I would simply not use QAnon dogwhistles during press conferences https://t.co/pnhopk4s7t— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1627569512.0
McCarthy, during his July 29 speech, was standing near Rep. Elise Stefanik — who chairs the House Republican Conference — when he said, "If you are vaccinated and you get the variant, there's .003% you'd go to the hospital. There's a greater chance you'd get hit by lighting. For some reason, Pelosi thinks the storm is coming."
The fact that McCarthy used a QAnon term was not lost on Vox's Aaron Rupar, who tweeted:
Pelosi expressed her frustration with McCarthy's anti-masker views when, on July 28, she told reporters, "He's such a moron."
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