A Proud Boys chief charged within the Jan. 6 Capitol riot expressed shock that former President Donald Trump deserted him and different rioters.
“Alright I’m gonna say it. FUCK TRUMP,” self-described Proud Boys sergeant-at-arms Ethan Nordean stated in a Telegram message on Jan. 20. “Fuck him more than Biden. I’ve followed this guy for 4 years and given everything and lost it all.”
Nordean, 30, from Washington state, wrote the grievance after Proud Boys Florida organizer Joseph Biggs, 37, was arrested for his position within the day’s violence, which left 5 individuals lifeless and 140 police officers injured.
“Yes he woke us up, but he led us to believe some great justice was upon us … and it never happened,” Nordean wrote of Trump within the Telegram message, revealed by federal prosecutors this week. “Now I’ve got some of my good friends and myself facing jail time cuz we followed this guys lead and never questioned it.”
“We are now and always have been on our own,” Nordean wrote. “So glad he was able to pardon a bunch of degenerates as his last move and shit on us on the way out.”
Nordean, who has been jailed since early February, is charged with making an attempt to hinder Congress’s certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. He’s additionally charged with aiding and abetting, knowingly getting into or remaining in a restricted constructing or grounds, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. He has pleaded not responsible.
“Thousands of people descended on Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 to protest the result of the 2020 presidential election,” public defender Corey Endothe wrote in a February courtroom submitting. “Egged on by Donald Trump, other politicians, his legal advocates, and the news media these people believed the election had been stolen. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people entered the Capitol building as Mr. Nordean is alleged to have done.”
The new Telegram messages uncovered by prosecutors additionally present how the Proud Boys coordinated their plans for the day’s violence.
“Drag them out by the fucking hair if they steal it,” one member wrote within the chats.
“Let them remember the day they decided to make war with us,” Nordean posted simply days earlier than the assault. “Fight we will.”
In April, bail was revoked for each Nordean and Biggs after federal prosecutors efficiently argued the 2 males had been central figures in planning the assault.
Trump, upon leaving workplace, relocated to his Florida nation membership.
“Fuck you Trump you left us on [t]he battlefield bloody and alone,” Nordean wrote on Trump’s final day within the White House.