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Armed Proud Boys supporter failed to riot at the Capitol — because he couldn't get a ride: prosecutors
On Friday, the New York Daily News reported that a Proud Boys supporter in Queens, New York, was thwarted in his attempts to join the Capitol riot on January 6 — because he couldn't get a ride to D.C.
"Eduard Florea's wife, Joni Florea, told prosecutors that her husband was in a 'frenzy' to go to the Capitol on Jan. 6., and even got dressed in a tactical vest and armed himself with combat knives," reported Noah Goldberg. 'Ultimately, the defendant was unable to get a ride and thus did not travel to the Capitol on January 6,' wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco Navarro in court papers opposing bail for Florea."
Florea allegedly made online threats against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) on the right-wing social network Parler, and wrote, "Dead men can't write sh*t laws." According to the report, "The Middle Village man surrendered to the feds on Jan. 12 in a caught-on-camera raid, with authorities seizing about 1,000 rounds of rifle ammunition, 24 shotgun shells, 75 combat knives, two hatchets and two swords from his home."
In January, Joni Florea told local reporters she had suffered abuse at the hands of her husband, saying, "he's a horrible monster."
The Proud Boys, a notorious far-right gang of street brawlers that experts say is linked to white supremacy, was heavily involved in the Capitol riot, with several members facing charges. Their leader, Enrique Tarrio, is reportedly selling Black Lives Matter shirts to get by as the group faces a cash crunch.
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday returned to his debunked conspiracy theory that it was actually the FBI — not Trump and his supporters — who were responsible for the January 6th insurrection.
After Carlson interviewed Glenn Greenwald, the host wondered if maybe the FBI set up not just Donald Trump supporters, but also Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
"It does kind of make you wonder about Matt Gaetz, actually. Remember Matt Gaetz? He was engaged in child sex trafficking," Carlson said with a mocking voice.
"We know that Matt Gaetz kind of went after the national security state, repeatedly, and then they told us that he was a child sex trafficker — maybe he is, we don't know," Carlson said.
"But if he is, why hasn't he been charged yet?" Carlson asked. "Anyone wonder that?"
"What is going on here?" he asked.
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Tucker Carlson doubles down on crackpot conspiracy theory FBI was really behind Trump's insurrection
Since supporters of Donald Trump engaged in a violent insurrection on January 6th, conservatives have sought to distance themselves from culpability for the assault on democracy.
They falsely claimed it was actually Antifa, they lied about it being peaceful and some Republicans have even denied that there was an insurrection. And then on Tuesday, Fox News personality Tucker Carlson unleashed a ridiculous conspiracy theory that the FBI was behind the insurrection.
On Wednesday, Carlson's conspiracy theory received a brutal fact-check in The Washington Post.
"The first thing to emphasize is that Carlson's theory is based on a report in Revolver News. The site is run by Darren Beattie, who appeared on Carlson's show shortly after the above monologue. If that name sounds familiar, it's because Beattie is a former Trump White House speechwriter who was fired in 2018 over a past appearance on a panel with a white nationalist, Peter Brimelow, at a conference attended by well-known white nationalists," the newspaper noted. "The second and perhaps most important point is that the basis of Carlson's theory — that the unindicted co-conspirators are either likely or must be government agents — is extremely shaky. Legal experts say the government literally cannot name an undercover agent as an unindicted co-conspirator."
Lisa Kern Griffin of Duke University Law School explained why Carlson's theory was literally impossible.
"Undercover officers and informants can't be 'co-conspirators' for the purposes of establishing an agreement to violate the law, because they are only pretending to agree to do so. … An unindicted co-conspirator has committed the crime of conspiracy, and investigative agents doing their jobs undercover are not committing crimes," she explained.
But Carlson returned to the topic on Friday and while lashing out at all the journalists fact-checking his delusions.
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