A Capitol defendant who purchased into former President Donald Trump’s lies a couple of stolen election got here down with “Foxitus” and “Foxmania” after watching an excessive amount of Fox News, his lawyer informed a court docket on Thursday.
Anthony Antonio’s lawyer informed a D.C. Justice of the Peace decide that after Antonio was laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic final 12 months, he spent all his time dwelling in a house with 4 different people who watched loads of Fox News.
“For the next approximate six months, Fox television played constantly,” lawyer Joseph Hurley mentioned. “He became hooked with what I call ‘Foxitus’ or ‘Foxmania’ and became interested in the political aspect and started believing what was being fed to him.”
Another Capitol defendant on the Zoom listening to, Landon Copeland, quickly interrupted Hurley and objected to him disparaging the previous president. (Copeland continued interrupting the continuing over the subsequent a number of hours, and the decide finally ordered a competency listening to).
Hurley, whom the Wilmington, Delaware-based News Journal described as an lawyer “known for his bravado and courtroom theatrics,” mentioned that Antonio believed he was following Trump’s orders to march on Washington and that he was collaborating in what he noticed as a patriotic motion to serve the United States.
The lawyer additionally informed the decide he’s in no large rush to maneuver ahead with the case as a result of he needed prosecutors to handle “bad” Capitol defendants earlier than his shopper’s case was resolved.
Antonio surrendered to police in Delaware final month. He was charged with 5 federal crimes linked to his presence on the Jan. 6 riot: knowingly getting into or remaining on restricted grounds with out lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct, impeding legislation enforcement throughout civil dysfunction, disrupting Congress and damaging authorities property.
In a number of movies, he was seen among the many mob on the Lower West Terrace Entrance of the Capitol constructing, which “saw a tremendous amount of violent criminal activity” that day, in accordance with an FBI affidavit.
In one video captured on a police body-worn digicam, Antonio shouted at officers, “You want war? We got war. 1776 all over again.”
He wore a black tactical bulletproof vest adorned with a far-right “Three Percenter” patch, a camouflage shirt, and had a tattoo of the phrases “Carpe Diem” on his proper wrist, the affidavit mentioned.
Antonio is accused of climbing the scaffolding outdoors the Capitol, getting into the constructing by a damaged window, acquiring a riot protect and gasoline masks, threatening police and squirting water at Michael Fanone, the police officer who was dragged down a set of stairs by rioters and repeatedly tased and overwhelmed.
Multiple males have been arrested in reference to that assault, together with Thomas Sibick, Kyle Young, Albuquerque C. Head and Daniel Rodriguez, who was charged after a HuffPost investigation recognized him because the rioter who electroshocked Fanone.
In an interview with federal authorities in February, Antonio mentioned he locked eyes with Fanone, who begged for assist. He mentioned he might see “death in the man’s eyes” and wouldn’t have the ability to get the picture of the officer out of his head.
Fox News and the Trump administration had a symbiotic relationship for a lot of Donald Trump’s presidency, although this grew extra harmful and intense within the lead-up to and aftermath of the 2020 election. The community amplified Trump’s fiction a couple of rigged election and vice-versa. Trump’s allies had been allowed to broadcast their baseless claims largely unchecked throughout repeated appearances on-air to Fox’s tens of millions of viewers. And even after a whole lot of pro-Trump rioters, impressed by the lie, laid siege to the Capitol, some hosts on the community downplayed what happened, unfold conspiracy theories about it, and defended the insurrectionists.
Fanone mentioned in an interview final month that it’s been tough listening to politicians whitewash the “brutal, savage, hand-to-hand combat” he lived by, particularly quoting from an interview Trump gave on Fox News in March during which the previous president claimed rioters posed “zero threat” and had been “hugging and kissing” police.
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