'Coolest thing I've ever done in my life': Rioter who bragged about pushing female cop down Capitol stairs arrested in Florida
Daniel Paul Gray of Florida was charged today with multiple crimes of violence against police officers at the January 6 Capitol riot. Supporting photographic evidence is a video made by Gray that spells out the goal of "pushing police out the back of the Capitol."
Gray is accused of having altercations with multiple police which one in which he caused a female police officer to fall down the western rotunda stairs "and become visibly injured."
Gray bragged about it all in a self-shot monologue, the FBI said. Gray's pride in having carried out the attack on law enforcement -- and the boast that "this is far from over -- was captured on his video.
Now the video itself has been captured by the FBI. Here are some of the highlights of Gray's monologue, according to its charging document:
- "A female cop stole my phone and I got mac'd…and I'm like, you know what, we're doing this and so we literally pushed them from the front steps of the Capitol all the way back.
- Gray describes standing in front of a group of officers and saying "Hey stand down, there's too many of us. Go home, go find your wives, go find your kids, you don't want to do this."
- Gray states he later stormed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and came into contact with the female police officer from his earlier encounter. He claims the officer started crying, took off her vest and started running down the stairs.
- "We started pushing the police out the back of the Capitol. We pushed them from the front to the back of the Capitol."
- "This is far from over, that was the coolest thing I've ever done in my life, so stay tuned."
The FBI complaint details how Gray was among the first to push through lines and confront police. It describes him as backing at one point, beckoning some unknown individuals to come forward toward him, apparently resulting in a larger and more agitated group of rioters taking in part in the attack.
Gray, whose last known place of employment was X3 Fitness, according to the FBI, had used Facebook and Instagram to post about "his dissatisfaction with the election and…improprieties surrounding the election.
Among his Facebook prose on December 12, Gray had stated "F*ck this election this is the biggest scandal of my lifetime" and "militia finna be lit y'all!!" and "Sh*ts about to get lit y'all. I'm actually really excited at the possibility of the insurrection act being implemented."
In a private Facebook message that day, Gray proclaimed, "Bro, I just joined the militia."
Gray faces a longer list of charges than most of the 450 Capitol riot suspects. In addition to the standard charges of unlawful and violent entry, disorderly conduct and disrupting government proceedings, Gray is also charged on multiple counts of physical violence, including attacks on a person "while engaged in the performance of official duties."
You can read the FBI arrest complaint here.
On Tuesday's edition of MSNBC's "The ReidOut," Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican who has called out election conspiracy theories surrounding the Arizona results, acknowledged that when it comes to election issues, his party has a near-monopoly on "insanity."
"Are you worried this becomes the standard way that your party behaves when they lose elections?" asked anchor Joy Reid.
"Yes, absolutely," said Richer. "You know, it opens the door to both parties. I don't think this is now specific to just one party."
"Democrats don't believe in this," Reid countered. "Have you ever had any record of Democrats doing this? The pain in the loss of the 2000 election was real. Al Gore himself presided over handing over the election to George W. Bush. Hillary Clinton losing to that reality show guy everyone knew was unqualified to be president ... Democrats believe in democracy when they lose. Your party doesn't seem to, sir."
"I appreciate it," Richer acknowledged. "I don't think insanity is specific to just one side of the aisle or other. This instance, yes. We're discussing Republicans right now. Absolutely."
Stephen Richer concedes Republican "insanity" on election issues www.youtube.com
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is never going to be the Speaker, former Republican Rep. David Jolly (FL) explained on MSNBC Tuesday.
According to Jolly, the reason that McCarthy and other Republicans want to block any Jan. 6 Commission is that it might out their involvement or coordination.
"Now Kevin does not want it to go forward it's because we know the focus will be on the culpability of Republican behavior, not just Donald Trump's behavior but Republican behavior going into Jan. 6th," Jolly explained. "The luscious irony in all of this is just as Kevin's handling of the Benghazi commission, some would argue derailed his ascension to the speakership. When he went on Fox News and said this was all about taking down Hillary Clinton, it wasn't about Benghazi. Just as that derailed his speakership, a Jan. 6th Commission could derail it at the speakership as well. It could focus on what he knows about the events. When Liz Cheney says he should testify, it's not just because she wants to get to the truth. She's said that McCarthy won't be Speaker. Which tells me that Liz Cheney knows that Kevin McCarthy knows something that is so damming it would undo his ascension to the speakership should he go under oath before a Jan. 6th Commission."
Republicans are desperately trying to make the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol the same as burning the Wendy's a year earlier during protests after another shooting of an unarmed person of color.
"This is what makes this so insane, I don't know why the democrats are even bothering the try and make a bipartisan commission at this point," Dr. Jason Johnson explained. "The Republicans know that many of them are potentially complicit in not standing up when this was happening or obfuscating people who might have been involved."
He cited Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), who indicated that she witnessed Republican officials giving tours to people she later saw at the insurrection.
"The Republican Party doesn't want a real investigation," he explained. "This is like the Empire saying, 'OK, you got the Death Star, we don't have to do the whole investigation into Darth Vader. We don't have to talk about that' You can't go forward. The country can't go forward unless we have an investigation. Because I promise you, whoever was responsible for this and the people in Congress who were responsible for this, will try again at some point. I think the Democrats just need to go it alone and forget about getting Republicans involved."
See the full discussion below:
If you don’t investigate Republicans complicit in Jan. 6 they will try again: MSNBC panel www.youtube.com
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