Bumbling MAGA rioter busted after boasting of his violent exploits on popular dating app

Andrew Quentin Taake was arrested Friday by the FBI, which has accused him of pepper-spraying officers and striking them with a metal "whip-like device" at the January 6 Capitol riot.

And apparently it was Taake's online dating foray that helped get him in trouble.

Taake, 32, of Houston, was tipped off to the FBI by someone who said they hadn't met him -- but was texting with him about the riot -- on Bumble.

"Witness 1 messaged Taake on a dating app, Bumble, while he was in Washington, D.C.," prosecutors allege. "Although Taake and Witness 1 never met in person, Taake discussed his participation in the riot with Witness 1 and sent Witness 1 several pictures of himself, including a picture of himself taken on January 6, 2021, after he was allegedly pepper sprayed by law enforcement officers. Witness 1 said Taake admitted to being inside the U.S. Capitol for approximately 30 minutes."

According to the report, "Bumble provides users with the location information of other individuals using the application." That apparently helped the FBI place Taake in Alexandria, VA on a motorcycle headed for the Capitol, as well as on a plane flight to or from Houston.

The FBI stated it was able to identify Taake through photographic evidence.

"The FBI also located publicly posted videos and photographs showing Taake at the U.S. Capitol. Several of these images show Taake using what appears to be a metal whip and pepper spray to attack law enforcement officers. "

The report says that as police lined up behind a barricade of bike racks to defend the Capitol, rioters began attacking including Taake, who "raised his arm and pepper sprayed the officers." Taake then retreated back into the crowd of rioters.

Some 45 minutes later, Taake is seen "striking officers with a weapon that appears to be a whip" before similarly retreating to the crowd, according to the report.

The report identifies Taake as the owner of a business called Hi-Flow Houston.

Taake faces felony charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, as well as variety of obstruction, violent unlawful entry and disorderly conduct charges. You can read the complaint here.

Long-haired MAGA rioter thought shaving his head would help him avoid being identified -- it failed miserably

Matthew DaSilva had a signature black-and-gold scarf that he wore every day. But when he sashayed with it at the Capitol riot on January 6, it led two people who know him personally to identify him off on an FBI wanted poster.

DaSilva, from Texas, also was notable for his wildly unruly locks and facial hair. According to the witnesses, upon returning from the Capitol, DaSilva apparently thought a new fashion aura would be a wise idea, as he shaved his long hair and beard.

Now DaSilva is charged by the FBI with a wide range of violent felonies in connection with attacks it says he made upon multiple officers. But unlike many rioters whose actions were captured on social media, the FBI relied upon footage from police bodycams and Capitol cameras.

But it was DaSilva's distinctive appearance that helped the FBI identify him, according to the criminal complaint:

“Witness-2 said that DaSilva had a full beard and long hair for years prior to January 6, 2021, but that upon his return from Washington, D.C., he shaved his beard, cut his hair, and stopped wearing the black and yellow scarf," reads the FBI report. That witness also said DaSilva previously had been in the Navy.

The complaint stated that DaSilva can be seen attacking law-enforcement officials:

“DaSilva can be seen in the front line of rioters grabbing, pushing, and pulling on the shields held by the U.S. Capitol Police and/or Metropolitan Police Department officers defending the Lower West Terrace archway while other rioters attack the officers."

DaSilva was arrested in Lavon, TX. He is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding officer, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, acts of physical violence and a variety of counts of disorderly conduct and unlawful entry.

You can read the complaint here.

'Moderate' GOP pick for riot commission yelled profanities at Capitol cops over metal detectors in Congress

When Rep. Rodney Davis, was named to the Capitol riot commission Monday, what stood out most was the fact that he hadn't voted to overturn the election of President Joe Biden.

But recent media descriptions of Davis as a "moderate" are belied by his 88.8 percent pro-Trump voting record and the fact that he voted against both impeachments.

Just a week after the riot, Davis managed to heap public abuse on some of the Capitol Police officers who had risked their lives protecting him.

"This is bullsh*t!" Davis shouted at officers as he passed indignantly through the sort of metal detectors that most of the free world has come to accept as a fact of life.

Davis told Punchbowl News the measure requiring members of Congress to pass though metal detectors was "political correctness run amok."

"The threat is outside, not inside," he said. "Every resource used inside is one that can't be used outside."

It is true that Davis voted to certify Biden's election after the January 6 riot. And he declined to join the Texas lawsuit that futilely attempted to overturn the election, citing the precedent it would set that might allow blue states to challenge outcomes in red states in the future. He was the only McCarthy nominee to support the establishment of a January 6 commission.

Following the insurrection, Davis issued a statement mildly critical of Trump. But so did McCarthy, in even stronger terms, and the world knows how meaningless that was.

Plus, Davis' statement did include a subtle "whataboutism" reference to the 2018 Congressional Baseball game shooting (where he was taking batting practice at the time shots were fired):

"We are at a perilous moment in our Nation's history. President Trump, many of his allies in Congress, and media commentators on the right deserve blame for the circumstances that led up to one of the worst days this great country has ever seen.

Since November, many in my party perpetuated the lie that the election was "stolen" and gave false hope to millions that the president could somehow remain in office after January 20th. That was never going to happen. There must be accountability for leaders who deliberately misled the public, but I fear that without thoughtful and clear-eyed leadership from both sides of the aisle, we are in danger of further violence and political unrest.

While a convenient talking point, we must be honest that our country did not arrive at this moment in the last two months, or simply the last four years. Though many prefer not to admit it, political deception is a bipartisan disease that seems only to worsen and lead to violence.

Last Wednesday is the second time in my short Congressional career that I've needed to thank law enforcement for saving my life during an act of political violence. The former because a deranged gunman believed leaders and agitators on the left that I and my Republican colleagues were a danger to America.

We as a country have got to do better. There must be a full accounting of what happened leading up to and on the day of January 6th. Law enforcement must have all resources necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice. That investigation should be unimpeded and free from partisan influence. The investigation should be conducted in such a manner to sooth tensions and provide the public with confidence that law and order will prevail."

Those words sound reasonable enough. But so did the metal detectors inCongress one week after January 6.

Josh Hawley hits a new low for hypocrisy

If they decide to make flip-flopping an Olympic sport, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley needs to hop on the next plane to Tokyo.

Hawley just attacked President Joe Biden for attacking Facebook. Yes, this excruciatingly annoying preppy man who has staked his repulsive young political career upon crusading against social media -- through the use of social media -- has decided it's not cool for Biden to get in Facebook's face. Really.

In the past week -- publicly and without apology -- the Biden administration has pressed Facebook (among other social media) to stop facilitating the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. On Friday, Biden claimed Facebook was "killing people." The company fired back with a dismissive response telling Biden "to move past the finger-pointing."

There is neither a carrot nor a stick involved in Biden's effort. His administration is trying to shame Facebook into doing its fair share to keep dangerous lies from exacerbating a pandemic that continues to rage on--especially among the unvaccinated. And the government effort has not been well-received by the social-media giant.

But even before Biden's spat with Facebook, Hawley had already advanced the bizarre conspiracy theory that since Facebook is a monopoly and the government was in communication with it, this can only mean one thing: "(social media) collusion with the Biden administration to suppress free speech." Somewhere Q is blushing.

A few truths cry out for attention. One, criticizing and colluding are different things. Two, urging and censoring are different things. And three, joining forces and fighting are different things.

Hawley is just beside himself that the administration "is in regular touch with the social media platforms" about misinformation and disinformation about related to COVID-19 and that it is "flagging problematic posts for Facebook." He finds it "shocking" that such "casual collusion" could exist.

Only in Hawley's twisted world could communication with Facebook have morphed into a plot to "censor" those who spread falsehoods for the purpose of scaring people away from getting vaccinated. Or that fighting the spread of a deadly virus is a bad thing.

It's revealing that Hawley equates conservative speech and false information on vaccines. Perhaps he has a point there. But this is the same politician who has demanded that the federal government use every tool at his disposal to punish social-media companies that he and fellow Republicans deem offensive.

Think that's exaggerated? Consider one of the first bills Hawley introduced as a freshman senator in 2018, one that Vox succinctly described at the time as a "joke." Here's how writer Peter Kafka explained Hawley's bill:

"The idea is that the federal government will strip away protections that shield those companies from being held accountable for the content their users upload and they distribute — and will only restore those protections once the companies can prove they aren't favoring one end of the political spectrum…

"On to the bill itself: Its main idea is to remove Section 230 from the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which says that big internet publishers that distribute content supplied by their users — think Twitter, YouTube, Facebook — aren't held liable for the content those users supply.

"Hawley, though, describes that protection from lawsuits as a "subsidy" given to big internet companies. And he says they should have to prove themselves worthy of that protection by convincing at least four of the five members of the Federal Trade Commission that they're not politically biased — a process they would have to repeat every two years.

"How would Twitter or Facebook successfully prove that to the satisfaction of the FTC members? Hawley's bill doesn't tell us. It just says the companies need to provide "clear and convincing evidence that the provider does not … moderate information provided by other information content providers in a politically biased manner."

Now that's what you call Big Brother government.

Kafka didn't have the benefit in 2018 of knowing that Hawley would flip to the view in 2021 that even for an administration to complain to Facebook would constitute "collusion" to impose censorship in the event Republicans were not the complaining party. But now that the uniforms have changed, everything is reversed. Forget about those tribunals calling social-media executives on the carpet to disprove the negative that they're not "politically biased."

Now that the Democrats are in power, Hawley is trying to claim it's a tyrannical act of censorship even for Biden and his administration to urge Facebook to combat the spread of misinformation about public health during a pandemic. And even as a private company, Facebook must be compelled not to "police speech…in the public square" -- even if it means saving lives.

How much more hypocritically can this political Plastic Man contort his positions with respect to social media? To be fair, it was a bit of an Olympian feat that Hawley could deliver his most recent deceits with a straight face, even in this era of unbridled shamelessness by insurrectionists such as himself.

Hawley was, after all, the guy with the iconic clenched fist on January 6 outside the Capitol. And he's never been prouder of anything. The man has no shame.

What's next, using an iPhone for a Twitter post to promote an anti-tech book on Amazon? Oh wait, Hawley just did that.

Trump's tantrum over British Open offers another window into his soullessness

If there's anything that can make Donald Trump go full Mussolini more than being ignored, it's being ignored by the world of golf.

So it was hardly shocking Saturday when Trump bawled during the famous British Open about not being allowed to host the British Open. Trump's whiny press-release email-- with its reach of one-zillionth of his exorcised former Twitter account -- landed as futilely as a golf ball splashing in the water.

Trump's grievance -- that the famous Scottish golf course he owns has been barred from hosting the Open because he owns it -- barely made a ripple in the sports world as fans focused on the golf tournament itself. But the email was proof positive that Trump's psychotic narcissism and penchant for shameless lies are as alive as ever.

For those who don't follow professional golf, the sport has four major championships, including the British Open. It is played each mid-July in England or Scotland in a rotation (rota) of nine courses: Five in Scotland, four in England. The famous Turnberry Golf Resort, widely viewed as one of the world's top golf courses, is one of those in Scotland.

Trump bought Turnberry in 2014 for a reported $60 million -- the sale itself the source of much journalistic curiosity -- knowing it had hosted four British Opens. In covering the sale, the Associated Press casually mentioned Turnberry was "certain" to host the tournament again.

Then Trump happened. And January 6 happened. And on January 11, the Open's governing body (known as the R & A) did not spare Trump's feelings.

"We had no plans to stage any of our championships at Turnberry and will not do so in the foreseeable future. We will not return until we are convinced that the focus will be on the championship, the players and the course itself and we do not believe that is achievable in the current circumstances."

Six days after that, the PGA of America went further in moving a scheduled tournament --the 2022 PGA Championship--from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ.

But even as Trump seemingly shrinks to nothingness in the golf world, his email from Saturday is still another reminder that he hasn't personally vaporized. So it's worth dissecting his words, if for no other purpose than to remain vigilante to the threat he still possesses.

Here's the text:

"As almost all of the great players, sportscasters, and golf aficionados know, the greatest site and course of all for The Open is Turnberry, in Scotland, It is truly a magical place, the players want to be there, and at some point in time the players will be there," Trump continued. "But this course was not chosen for The Open because they consider a wonderful person, and many-time Club Champion, named Donald J. Trump, to be too controversial—this is, of course, a false reputation caused mainly by the Fake News Media. It is a shame that the phenomenal Turnberry Golf links, the best in the World, sits empty during Open Championships, while far lesser courses are on display. Oh well, life proceeds forward! Someday The Open will be back at Turnberry,"

Perhaps the first thing that jumps out is Trump's use of the third person to describe himself, a sure sign his trolley is jumping off the tracks. It's a common technique of his, and creepy.

The reference to Trump as a "wonderful person" was truly unprecedented: There is no record of Trump or any other human being ever having used that phrase to describe him. That did merit a headline or two.

Still, one could argue that it was Trump's next reference to himself as "many time Club Champion" that really says it all about this world-class con artist. Sportswriter Rick Reilly wrote the book on this subject -- Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump -- in which he brilliantly lays out how Trump's lying and cheating at golf inform who he is.

One of Reilly's prime exhibits was Trump's repeated claim that he has won 18 golf club championships, a bogus claim the author blows up in painstaking detail, one lie at a time. Turns out the actual number is zero, Trump's recent email notwithstanding.

As Reilly noted, "So here was Trump caterwauling about 18 golf championships that were faker than Cheez Whiz, and it started to make me think. How much of what Trump says about his golf brilliance does the country believe? During the campaign, when Trump stood up in front of 30,000 red hats and bloviated, "When it comes to golf, very few people can beat me," did people buy that? Because 50 guys at every course in America can beat him."

Reilly states this drove him to write the book about Trump's incessant lying and cheating at golf, a sport that values and expects honesty and sportsmanship more than any other.

"Somebody should point out that the way Trump does golf is sort of the way he does a presidency, which is to operate as though the rules are for other people.

Somebody should explain that facts and truth are to Trump what golf scores and crowd sizes are—"feelings"—malleable and negotiable, flitting this way and that like a car-lot balloon man.

Somebody should write that the way Trump cheats at golf, lies about his courses, and stiffs his golf contractors isn't that far from how he cheats on his wives, lies about his misdeeds, and stiffs the world on agreements America has already made on everything from Iran to climate change."

That's why Trump's passing reference to the lie about being "club champion" is so telling. Perhaps it's not as obvious as the one that followed: that he is "too controversial" because of a "false reputation caused by the Fake News Media." Take that one in.

Were golf officials actually open to the idea of staging a major tournament at one of Trump's properties in the future, his trying to horn in on the intentional attention bestowed on the British Open probably wouldn't be the best strategy. Nor would describing the Turnberry as "the best in the world" and referring to "far lesser courses on display," meaning the famous Royal St. George's Golf Club where the Open was being held, while it was being held.

But the golf world apparently doesn't need any further insults to solidify its resolve. Major tournaments are expected to return to Trump properties no sooner than the year "Hell freezes over," if then. Even the famous Turnberry Golf Club, garishly renamed "Trump Turnberry" (although notably not in his recent email) -- won't be in the spotlight as long as his ownership infests it.

Too bad it's not that easy for the rest to world to cancel Trump.

GOP anti-vaxx madness further decimates Trump's sordid legacy

QAnon-inspired Republicans are ratcheting up their assault every day on COVID vaccines, defying common sense and reason even if it kills many of their own followers as collateral damage.

But the insanity has another friendly-fire victim: Donald Trump.

It's easy to forget, but developing a vaccine overnight was supposed to be Trump's escape hatch from the COVID-19 crisis he had exacerbated from the outset with his denial and lies dating back at least to January 2020. Now it's a fitting footnote that his crazed followers are mounting irrational attacks on what was supposed to be "his" vaccine.

Trump was frozen in the winter of 2020 by having neither the character nor competence to rise to the occasion and mount a national campaign to head off the worst effects of the virus. But as far back as March 2 -- at a time Trump had to realize the gravity of the virus, but he was keeping it secret -- he still was groping for a political magic bullet in the vaccine.

Trump staged a public discussion that day with pharmaceutical companies and members of his task force -- one of those awkward public discussions Trump liked to host until he became known as Dr. Clorox. As CNN reported, Trump fixated on an impossible timeline.

"I don't know what the time will be. I've heard very quick numbers, that of months. And I've heard pretty much a year would be an outside number. So I think that's not a bad range. But if you're talking about three to four months in a couple of cases, a year in other cases."

Dr. Anthony Fauci immediately pushed back: ""Let me make sure you get the ... information. A vaccine that you make and start testing in a year is not a vaccine that's deployable."

Arms folded, Trump persisted.

"So you're talking over the next few months, you could have a vaccine?" Trump would ask Stéphane Bancel, the CEO of Moderna, a biotechnology company. "Correct, (for) phase two (testing)," Bancel answered.

But that didn't deter Trump from slipping this one in later: "One executive was talking about two months."

It indeed was just under two months later -- on April 29 -- that Trump unveiled Operation Warp Speed with a goal of having millions of vaccines available by year's end. That was widely panned by health experts and the media -- who it turns out were overly conservative in projecting a timeline of 12-to-18 months -- but Republicans were largely silent.

There was little anti-vaxx outcry from the Right, especially not during the GOP convention, when Trump proclaimed, "We will produce a vaccine before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner!"

Trump would persist in the following month, shamelessly linking the vaccine timeline to "a very special day" -- the November 3 election -- and even alluding to it as an October surprise. And as amazing as it seems today, Trump was making an electoral issue of his push for a vaccine, as reported by Bloomberg:

"Biden and Harris, Trump said, 'should immediately apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric that they are talking right now, talking about endangering lives. It undermines science, and what happens is all of the sudden you'll have this incredible vaccine and because of that fake rhetoric, it's a political rhetoric ... that's all that is.'"

Biden's response: "I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don't trust Donald Trump," Biden said, "and at this moment, the American people can't, either."

As to Trump, it was never more apparent than the vaccine was more about saving his election than saving lives when he exploded with rage over Pfizer's announcement shortly after the election that its vaccine had more than 90 percent efficacy.

Trump still had his Twitter account, and he doth protest too much:

"As I have long said, @Pfizer and the others would only announce a Vaccine after the Election, because they didn't have the courage to do it before. Likewise, the @US_FDA should have announced it earlier, not for political purposes, but for saving lives!" Trump wrote. "The @US_FDA and the Democrats didn't want to have me get a Vaccine WIN, prior to the election, so instead it came out five days later — As I've said all along!"

Ah, the nostalgia. Trump was, of course, lying: He was trying to horn in on the accomplishments of Pfizer -- which had turned down federal funding and wasn't part of Operation Warp Speed -- but it's still stunning today to think that even after the election, Republicans were trying to claim the vaccine as their own.

Just two weeks later in November, Fox commentator Geraldo Rivera wanted to name the vaccine after Trump:

"I wish we could honor him that way because he is definitely the prime architect of Operation Warp Speed and but for him, we'd still be waiting into the grim winter for these miraculous medical breakthroughs," Rivera said.

"With the world so divided and everybody telling him he's got to give up and it's time to leave and time to transition and all the rest of it, why not name the vaccine 'The Trump?'

"Make it like, 'Have you got your Trump yet?' It would be a nice gesture to him, and years from now it would become kind of a generic name. Have you got your Trump yet? I got my Trump; I'm fine."

There was little or no pushback at the time from Republican anti-vaxxers. But now, with the nation on the precipice of a renewed pandemic thanks in large part to vaccination fear, misinformation and denial, leading lunatics of the GOP have decided "the Trump" is nothing more than a Biden plot to end freedom in America.

They have spread lies and fear over Biden's mere suggestion that trusted individuals go door-to-door to urge people to get vaccines. It's a far cry from what their cult leader was saying about Biden's own alleged vaccine hesitancy just nine months earlier.

From CNN: "Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted that Biden had "deployed his Needle Nazis" to her district, while Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan implied that Biden's proposed community outreach was merely a precursor for more government oversight, tweeting, "The Biden Administration wants to knock on your door to see if you're vaccinated. What's next? Knocking on your door to see if you own a gun?"

It seems the Republicans have forgotten all about Operation Warp Speed, and the twice-impeached former guy who proudly called it his own.

Now, it's just time for Operation Warped.

'Most Wanted' Capitol rioter is still on the run after video reveals his physical and profane verbal attacks against police

Evan Neumann was charged by the FBI Tuesday for assaulting police officers on January 6 during the Capitol riot. His case is a rarity: Details of the charges were released despite the fact that Neumann remains at large.

Neumann, 48, of Mill Valley, CA continues to occupy a spot on the FBI's Most Wanted list. He was captured on police bodycams at the riot wearing a MAGA hat and gas mask and launching both physical and profane verbal attacks against police, the FBI says.

Details of his violent action and profane tirade against police were released by the bureau just three days after Donald Trump ranted that there was "a lovefest" between Capitol Police and the insurrectionists and that the rioters were "tremendous."

Neumann had a strange way of demonstrating his love. Here's how the FBI describes his assault on an officer identified as "J.M" outside the Capitol.

"Neumann removes his gas mask and says that J.M is "defending the people who are going to kill your f*cking children . . . they are gonna kill your f*cking children, they are gonna rape them, they are gonna imprison them, and you're defending the people that are going to do this to your children.

"Neumann also refuses orders by police to move away from the barricade, telling the officers "No, you can't tell me what to do, you piece of sh*t."

Neumann put his gas mask back on and stood directly in front of J.M. for several minutes. Then he removed it again and can be heard telling the police they "kneel to Antifa because they're little b*tches," and saying that J.M. has "no pride, no honor, you're nothing." He then threatens J.M. that the officers will be "overrun" by the crowd, and says "I'm willing to die, are you?"

The FBI criminal complaint also details Neumann's violence against the officers:

"As J.M. and the other officers begin placing their hands on the metal barricades to reinforce them, rioters attempt to push the barricades back into the police line. Officers also repeatedly order rioters to step back from the barricades. The crowd becomes more agitated and Neumann grabs the barricade with his hand. Neumann then tightens his grip and forcefully shoves the metal barricade into J.M and the line of officers…

"Neumann punches toward J.M. and the officer to J.M.'s left with a closed fist. Neumann appears to make contact with the officers with his fist. After striking the officers, Neumann, now joined by more rioters, resumes his attempts to break through the metal barricades. This time, Neumann and the other rioters succeed in breaking down the barricades by ripping them back and away from J.M. and the other officers.

"As J.M. attempts to pull the metal barricade out of Neumann's hands, Neumann, now using the barricade as a battering ram, lifts the barricade off the ground and rushes toward J.M. and the other officers, crossing into the now-broken police line and striking them with the barricade."

Police camera footage showed that Neumann remained on restricted grounds at the U.S. Capitol hours later. He is seen resisting repeated orders by law enforcement to leave the Capitol steps, calling the officers "motherf*ckers" and "f*cking murderers."

Neumann was reported by an anonymous tipster identifying as a family friend. The FBI says it matched him with "with a 2018 press report by the local San Francisco, CA, ABC news affiliate documenting the case of Evan and Mark Neumann after they were arrested for violating orders not to enter a disaster area after a wildfire."

You can read the FBI complaint here.

Capitol rioter who wore a suit and tie while spraying cops with chemicals arrested by FBI

A 26-year-old Brooklyn man distinctive for wearing a coat and tie to the January 6 Capitol riot has been arrested on charges alleging he sprayed police officers with chemical irritants.

Edward Francisco Rodriguez was busted with the help of videos that had been posted on a Redditt.com subpage "r/CapitolConsequences." In the videos, Rodriguez was nicknamed "#SuitMacer" by social media users. The video was titled, "#SuitMacer unmasked. He sprayed some kind of pepper spray on many police officers."

Notably, the FBI criminal report mentioned Rodriguez more often as "#SuitMacer than by his real name. Here's part of what it garnered from the two videos -- spliced together -- on Redditt.

"#SUITMACER, is wearing a dark colored suit, white shirt, light colored patterned tie, red colored "TRUMP" hat, and a red colored face mask. The individual is also carrying a white colored sign with the words "STOP THE STEAL" in red lettering. The individual referred to as #SUITMACER can be seen among a crowd of protesters in a location recognized as the lower-level terrace of the west side of the US Capitol.

#SUITMACER proceeds to point a black colored canister at visibly marked law enforcement officers manning a barricade on the terrace and sprays the officers with a chemical irritant before retreating back into the crowd."

The FBI report alluded to an interview Rodriguez is seen giving to an "independent media reporter" during the riot:

"#Suitmacer states, 'Here in America, we fight back. We will never surrender to dictatorship, corruption, communism or socialism. We the people will never put up with their bullshit.'"

The FBI also referenced a separate interview on Twitter in which Rodriguez is seen boasting, "We made it all the way through."

Rodriguez is charged with engaging in physical violence at the Capitol, assaulting resisting or impeding certain officers and other counts of illegal entry and disorderly conduct. You can read the FBI complaint here.


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FBI busts Capitol rioter who impersonated member of the press

Matthew Thomas Purse milled among the mob on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol wearing a black tactical vest and helmet both bearing the letters, "PRESS," the FBI reports. He was arrested Friday.

Purse, of Irvine, CA, was seen in photos and videos "entering through the Columbus Door on the eastern side of the building, carrying a long black pole, with what appears to be a recording device at the end of the pole," the criminal complaint states.

The FBI said it was able to identify Purse from photos and videos showing him "wearing a black tactical vest with the words "PRESS" on his chest and back, and a black helmet with the words "PRESS" on either side.

"FBI received information from a confidential source ("CS"), who saw Purse on a livestream on Twitch, a livestreaming platform, believed to be taken on January 6, 2021. During the livestream, Purse, wearing the helmet, 'seems to admit he is not with press.' The CS further described Purse stating to the camera, 'Mission accomplished, we broke into the Capitol.' The video has been since deleted."

It doesn't appear that Purse was the most enterprising fake newsman. Here's how the FBI reported on his time in the building:

"Purse appeared to be standing off to the side, observing the crowd's interactions with the law enforcement officers. At approximately 3:03 pm, as the crowd became more volatile, as depicted below in the red box, Purse crossed the room and exited the Rotunda".

The FBI noted it "does not believe that Purse is a member of the press media or associated with having press credentials related to the U.S. Capitol. (It confirmed that) Purse did not receive any credentials from the Capitol.

"Moreover, (an FBI agent) could not find any employment history for Purse for the last six years while Purse has resided in California, or any employment history ever related to any news media organization."

Purse faces disorderly conduct and unlawful-entry charges. You can read the full FBI criminal complaint here.

Violent Capitol rioter who attacked both the police and the media on January 6 arrested by the FBI

After months of rounding up suspects who attacked police guarding the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the FBI has begun filing charges against those who attacked media members covering the riot.

Alan Byerly is possibly the first to fall into both categories.

Byerly, of Fleetwood, PA, was arrested Wednesday for tasing and brawling with numerous officers, only to break away when they tried to apprehend him. Then, the FBI states, he continued his violence against an Associated Press photographer who had been dragged down Capitol steps by other rioters.

Here's some of what Byerly was captured doing on photos and video -- identified by a distinctive "Kutztown" beanie he was wearing -- according to the FBI criminal complaint:

"Byerly was seen among the crowd of rioters near the established police line with what appears to be a taser device designed to deliver a debilitating electric shock grasped in Byerly's right hand. At approximately 2:10:54 p.m., and seemingly unprovoked, Byerly appeared to press and activate the taser, as the electric charge of the taser was clearly audible. Shortly thereafter, Byerly raised his right arm while holding the taser in his right hand and proceeds to charge at the officers.

"Officers yelled 'taser! Taser! Taser!' to warn that Byerly was charging and attacking officers...a cloud of smoke (possibly from a fire extinguisher) was dispersed from the direction of the riot crowd as Byerly continued to assault the officers (who) were finally able to restrain (him). Nevertheless, Byerly continued to resist and assault the officers (and) was able to flee with the assistance of a fellow rioter."

At that point, video shows Byerly observing as fellow rioters drag an AP photographer down Capitol steps. Then he joins in, according to the FBI:

"At the bottom of the stairs, Byerly and three other subjects grabbed the victim and pushed, shoved and dragged him parallel to the stairs. Byerly grabbed the victim with both hands near (his) upper chest and pushed (him) backward. Byerly then continued to push and drag the victim past the site of the original altercation and toward a densely grouped section of the gathered crowd.

"Byerly was observed on the video shoving the victim forcefully in the head/neck area, causing the victim to stumble backward into other members of the crowd. At this point in the altercation against the victim, the lettering on Byerly's beanie was clearly visible as "Kutztown."

Unlike many other suspected rioters, Byerly apparently did not leave a social media trail. However, one of the witnesses who tipped off the FBI said Byerly "mentioned to a friend that he is just waiting to be arrested because he knows his picture has been publicized."

Byerly faces multiple assault charges, as well as obstruction, violent and unlawful entry and disorderly conduct. You can read the FBI criminal complaint here.

Trump-loving Michigan lawyer rakes in large sums for ‘election fraud defense fund’

Matthew DePerno is not allowing failure in the courtroom to stand in the way of success in fundraising off Donald Trump's big election lie.

DePerno, a formerly obscure lawyer from Portage, MI, received his 15 minutes of fame last November for filing a lawsuit against Antrim County, MI. on behalf of a Michigan resident alleging election fraud. Last month, the Republican- controlled Michigan Senate called out the lawsuit for having "zero credibility" and the case has gone nowhere in court.

But as the website dailydot.com reports today, none of that has slowed DePerno's funding efforts for something he calls the "Election Fraud Defense Fund." Here's some of the reporting:

"DePerno is the lawyer behind one of the first, and longest surviving, lawsuits to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. In May, a court ruled against his request for a "forensic audit." On June 25, the court denied his motion to reconsider the case.

"Although he's challenging the outcome in just one rural Michigan county—a county in which Trump won handily—and he keeps losing in court, in certain circles, DePerno is held in high esteem. His status as election crusader is equal to that of similarly quixotic lawyers Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood, Jenna Ellis, and Rudy Giuliani. Like the others, he's proven willing to continue repeating unfounded allegations of widespread fraud, delighting election conspiracy theorists. And he's capitalizing on it.

"DePerno refused to tell the Daily Dot whether he intends to appeal the loss in court he was recently served. But his money-making machine is still alive and well.

"A fundraiser linked to DePerno's website says he hopes to raise a million dollars for his "election fraud defense fund." People have proven more than happy to give to the cause. As of early July, he's closing in on $400,000 on this fundraiser alone. He's raising money through other means as well, such as events. The fundraiser notes that he's also happy to take a check."

Antrim County is heavily Republican and was carried easily by Trump. But after an initial human error showed Biden winning -- an error that was quickly corrected -- DePerno nevertheless persisted with the lawsuit, completed with unsubstantiated claims that Dominion Voting Machines had huge error rates, the website reported.

The persistence made DePerno "a right-wing star," it adds, noting that "It doesn't seem to matter that his lawsuit keeps getting spiked in court, a subsequent hand recount confirmed the Antrim County results, and that he hasn't produced credible evidence of voter fraud."

All that did seem to matter, however, to the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee.

"The Committee closely followed Mr. DePerno's efforts and can confidently conclude they are demonstrably false and based on misleading information and illogical conclusions," the report states.

"At the conclusion of this section, the committee suggests repercussions may be warranted.

"The Committee recommends the Attorney General consider investigating those who have been utilizing misleading and false information about Antrim County to raise money or publicity for their own ends. The Committee finds those promoting Antrim County as the prime evidence of a nationwide conspiracy to steal the election place all other statements and actions they make in a position of zero credibility."

This MAGA-rioting teacher left a trail of poorly spelled rage messages on the web -- read them here

Kenneth John Reda took time from shaping young minds as a high school teacher to attend the January 6 Capitol riots, where he was arrested.

But his Q-inspired posts on Parler were what was most educational about him.

Reda, 54, is a physical education teacher at Viera High School in Brevard County, FL, school officials confirmed to News6 in Orlando.

The school district said it will conduct an internal investigation into Reda's alleged role in the events on Jan. 6, it was reported.

How it turns for Reda remains to be seen, but he's unlikely to be filling in for the English teachers anytime soon.

Here's some of his unedited prose on Parler, where he posted as "mrjoebidenhead," -- "Imperfect Son of the Lord Jesus Christ, Husband, Father, Son, Pop, Educator, concerned American NRA and 2A supporter:WWG1WGA" -- according to the FBI criminal complaint:

"I was there at the steps of the Capital I got into the capital building there was certainly a difference in attitude by some a small number mind you than the rest of us more violent and speaking poorly to the police but I'm sure the #s were small. but served to be agitators the majority wanted to get into the Capital to let the Executive branch to hear our voices and instead the built fences and barriers and asked the police to forcibly keep us out. They did thier (sic) duty but were overwhelmed by numbers."

Reda added that "violence and vandalism was very minor minus the cops shooting a young girl."

On December 22, Reda had posted:

"It is IMPERATIVE that we let our elected federal officials know in both the Senate and the house that we will not be voting for them again if they do not support our President Trump on January 6th when they are cou thing (sic) Electoral College votes this is the cleanest Constitutionally right way for Trump to win a 2nd term. WE MUST LET THEM KNOW THE THING THATTHE (sic) COVET THE MOST THIER PPWER (sic) WILL BE GONE IF THEY DO NOT SUPPORT TRUMP."


And five days later there was this:

"See you in DC on the 6th assholes who don't support Trump. We need to get together and organize against this KABAL (sic) we need to overthrow it....they have thrown their last ditch effort to overthrow this election therefore this nation if we do not come together and organize we will LOSE."

Reda faces charges that include unlawful entry and disorderly conduct. You can read the FBI criminal complaint here.

Belatedly arrested Capitol rioter said 'We should storm the brothel every day'

Trevor Brown was arrested by the FBI Thursday -- almost six months after he was booked and released without charges -- in connection with the January 6 Capitol riot.

Brown, 29, of the Detroit suburb of Novi, MI, was unbowed on Facebook one day after carrying a bullhorn in the middle of the riot, getting handcuffed and processed for arrest at the police station, only to be set free uncharged.

Here's what Brown posted on Facebook in the early morning hours of January 7:

"This has nothing to do with Trump or Biden. People should be storming that Brothel we call the Capitol everyday for what goes on in there. It's a Brothel and they sell you out everyday. Everyday. And putting any sort of credibility on anything those whores do in the full Congress is just stupidity. And that is the fault of the leadership on both sides.

"We should have cleaned that brothel out a long time ago. Today people are doing the right thing for those wrong reasons. It needs to get stormed every time they sell us out to some industry.

"Hopefully this is a trend that WILL start to bring change in there. They should know people won't sit still for their whoring and selling us all down the river. Today th[e]se elitist creeps are getting the same thing we live with everyday, fear for their own safety. The whole whore house needs to be cleaned out."

About 12 hours later, Brown added this Facebook post:

"We the people need one more solid rally like this and CONgress will be forced to bow and be thrown out for not representing the will of the people and charged with crimes against humanity. I want to call in for unity with any and all groups."

That was consistent with his philosophy, such that it is, as expressed in December posts reported in the FBI criminal complaint against him.

"This whole election has been the biggest s*** show in the world," one post read.

"The only path to normalcy is over throwing (sic) the dictators," he wrote in another post. "We compiled (sic) with the shutdowns. now its masks, now its vaccines. it won't stop. they are manipulating."

During the January 6 riot, the FBI says Brown "is seen shouting into the bullhorn as the crowd continues to push into the tunnel and assault the police officers." It states that he also signaled for and received a police hand shield that was held up to assist rioters who had been hanging from a balcony.

Curiously enough, here's what the FBI states happened to Brown roughly nine hours before he held forth about brothels on Facebook:

"As the assaults on the MPD officers increase in intensity, Brown continues to make his way further into the entrance. At approximately 4:11 p.m., officers apprehended Brown, placed him in zip-tie handcuffs, escorted him through the Capitol building into a police vehicle, and transported him to a police station to process his arrest. During processing, Brown confirmed his identity as Trevor Brown from Novi, Michigan. Brown was released later that evening without any charges filed."

Brown now faces charges of violent entry to the Capitol, disorderly conduct and obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder.

You can the full FBI criminal complaint here.

Yoga instructor arrested for his involvement in the Capitol riot

Noah Bacon was arrested Wednesday by the FBI for trespassing in the U.S. Senate chambers on January 6 after taking part in the rioters' effort to force their way past police in the Capitol building.

The charges against Bacon, 28, of Somerville, MA resemble those of the more than 500 people arrested for the riot: violent entry, disorderly conduct, obstruction of Congress and more. But Bacon isn't your everyday rioter: He would appear to be a yogi.

The arrest rioter appears to be the Noah S. Bacon who presents himself at "High Heart Meditation," where he exalts his would-be followers to "Breath In, Breath Out" and "Be in the Moment."

Unfortunately for Bacon, he was captured being in the moment of the Capitol riot in a video posted by the New Yorker magazine. That prompted a witness who knew Bacon to tip off the FBI, leading to his arrest.

The FBI complaint shows Bacon sitting illegally in the Senate chambers during the riot, wearing an "I Love Trump" T-shirt and a Space Force cap. The FBI alleges that Bacon, while not charged with striking any officers, did play a role in the rioters' violent entry into the Capitol Building:

"As rioters are trying to enter Capitol, Bacon locates a yellow 'Don't Tread on Me' flag on the floor, picks it up, covers a security camera above the door for approximately 8 seconds and then shoves or attempts to jam the flag into the door frame to force the door open," the complaint states. It also references this statement published by Bacon about U.S. Senators on his Instagram account on the day after the riot: 'The crime of a fraudulent election is complete. 93 to 6. 93 people are going to jail for Seditious Conspiracy and High Treason for certifying a fraudulent election..."Popcorn . . . Justice . . . People in for a surprise.'"

The Instagram post did reflect a somewhat different tone than Bacon presents at his website promoting his abilities in yoga instruction:

"Many around the world have given the analogy of many trails leading to the top of a mountain. That mountain exists inside of us as well as serves for a greater universal symbol. I believe in, and see continual evidence for, a shared human awareness that we express in unique ways, but that is the same at heart."

You can read the FBI criminal complaint here.

Proud Boy who attended ‘Unite the Right’ rally arrested for attacking media after the Capitol riot

Gabriel Brown, a YouTuber and Proud Boy who has rallied at Charlottesville and other fascist scenes, was arrested by the FBI today on charges of violence, property destruction and disorderly conduct at the January 6 riot.

Brown, 38, of the village of Bayville on Long Island, NY, "kicked and/or stomped on media equipment and verbally encouraged others to steal and destroy media equipment," the FBI criminal complaint stated. Brown recorded himself and the event for his GB0083 YouTube channel, the FBI said. Here's some of its description:

"At one point in the video, Brown gets a bullhorn from another protester and shouts toward the U.S. Capitol, "You stole the Senate from us, you stole the House from us, and now you think you're going to steal the presidency from us? Let me tell you something—you want to take peaceful revolution away from us? Well, you better prepare for f*cking violent revolution. I don't want violence. I believe in peaceful resolve. But you're making it goddamn impossible for us."

Brown also is seen on the video "encouraging the theft and destruction of media equipment, the complaint says, quoting him as saying "Yeah, f*ck yeah. Take a souvenir. F*ck yeah. Anything good in there? Yeah, smash that sh*t" as another man stomped on a case containing media equipment."

Brown then addresses the media, although its members had largely evacuated the scene as the mob approached to harass them: "They're allowed to do this. You didn't want to do your f*cking job. Well, you know what, now you can't. You know what, the media did not want to do its job so now they f*cking can't. We'll do it! We got the cameras. We got the freaking voice. We're going to go out and do it. Their legacy is dead. It's dead right here.

"F*ck the AP. You f*cking frauds. You want to f*cking lie about all of us. Well, you know what, here, report this sh*t! Because your f*cking media is dead mother f*cker. It's dead, the legacy media is dead."

In another video on his channel, Brown is seen signing a "Stop the Steal" banner affixed to the side of a trailer pulled by a truck.

"Freedom! I'm signing my John Hancock on this, because I give my life to liberty, and I will stand by it as I always have. I swore an oath to defend our liberty a long time ago, and that's why I'm signing this."

As to what Brown might have done long ago, he was called out at Vice.com in February for his role at the Capitol riot -- more than four months before his arrest -- in a story headlined, "This Is the Proud Boys Supporter Who Filmed Attacks on the Media at the Capitol Riot."

In that story, for which the FBI did not comment, Vice reported that Brown is "a live-streamer from Long Island whose involvement in far-right activism goes back to the deadly 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville."

The Vice report includes pictures of Brown in Charlottesville and -- perhaps more notably -- one in 2017 with Trump insider and consummate conspiracy theorist Roger Stone.

"In May 2017, Brown posted a video from the 'Free Speech' rally in Boston, which drew an array of alt-right activists including militias, Proud Boys, and MAGA teens," Vice reported. "That month, he posed for a photograph alongside former Trump advisor Roger Stone, ex-Proud Boy Jovi Val, and Proud Boy "Tiny Toese" who recently served time in prison for assault on antifascist protesters.

"That same month, he attended a protest in New York City against CUNY's invitation to Muslim-American activist Linda Sarsour to deliver the school's commencement speech. The event was also attended by the likes of Proud Boy founder Gavin McGinnes, Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopolous and other anti-Muslim activists who waved 'Kekistan' flags, a popular alt-right meme that started on 4chan. He was also photographed at an official Proud Boy meeting in New York City that summer, according to NYC Antifa, who have tracked Proud Boy activity closely.

According to Its Going Down, a hub for antifascist organizing, Brown also traveled to Chantilly, Virginia that summer, to join protesters like Infowars' Owen Shroyer outside the annual conference of the Bilderberg Group, which draws European and North American political figures and elites to discuss transatlantic issues. It's a popular target among conspiracy theorists, which was why Jones and his Infowars crew were there. Brown posed for a photograph alongside Chris Cantwell, also known as the "Crying Nazi." A couple months later, Cantwell and Brown's paths crossed again, this time in Charlottesville, Virginia.

You can read the FBI criminal complaint here.

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