The publication a Trump supporter was working for while storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6th has been identified as a white nationalist website.
Matthew Thomas Purse was spotted in the Capitol wearing a red patch reading "DON'T SHOOT — PRESS." The 45-year-old Navy veteran from Irvine, California has been charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
"Yet months later in July, after being arrested and charged for being part of the horde that invaded the Capitol building, Purse once again tried to pass himself off as a journalist, telling The Associated Press he was in the Capitol as 'part of a legitimate news organization,' which he declined to name," HuffPost reported.
The mystery has now been solved.
"But HuffPost has learned the name of Purse's 'legitimate news organization.' It's called Happening Center, and it is an unabashedly white nationalist website which hosts livestreams and a private message forum. It gained thousands of followers throughout the political tumult of 2020. Videos and social media posts produced by Happening Center — archived and preserved by anonymous anti-fascist researchers — show it at times embracing outright neo-Nazism and praising mass murderers," HuffPost reported. "Of all the characters at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Purse could prove to be one of the most malevolent."
New: He was one of the most malevolent characters in DC on 1/6. The extent of his extremism has gone unreported, un… https://t.co/67J987zmgO— Christopher Mathias (@Christopher Mathias) 1635419818.0
Here, for example, is Purse accosting @giltamary, a reporter for channel 10 in Israel, with anti-Semitic slurs. N… https://t.co/vsLY2uYVML— Christopher Mathias (@Christopher Mathias) 1635422445.0