A Donald Trump fan who was filmed brawling with police officers in the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol has been charged by the federal government this week after bragging about his conduct at a Trump fans and rebuffed the online conspiracy theory that undercover “antifa” were behind the violence.
Jose Padilla faces multiple counts, including counts of obstructing law enforcement during a civil disorder and assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon or dangerous. Federal officials say he pushed himself against the police line while wearing a diving mask and pushed on police trying to stop the pro-Trump mob from storming the Capitol. He also helped rioters use a giant metal-framed Trump sign as a ram against officers on the police line, and threw a flag pole at officers trying to keep the crowds out of the building.
The federal government has said that Padilla used the TheDonald.win website, which was created after the r / The_Donald subdirectory was placed in restricted mode last year. He also posted his support for Trump on Facebook.
“There are a lot of memes and messages going around saying that the people who were fighting last night were all Antifa provacators and so on. I just want to say that as a first-hand observer of every stitch from last night, it wasn’t Antifa. They were patriots who were trying to restore the Republic after being attacked by cops, who struck first, ”Padilla wrote on Facebook, according to federal authorities. “Even those who smashed the windows next to the Capitol door were patriots trying to find a way to turn the cops off.
On the online forum TheDonald.win, Padilla wrote about his involvement in the attack, claiming he had “pushed the rails”, “pushed the stairs” and “pushed the door”.
“I was beaten twice unconscious, sprayed more times than I want to count, I received batons which should have been fatal (several blows to the temple and to the carotid artery) except that God was from my side, ”Padilla wrote, authorities say.
Padilla also worked to correct the record of online rumors that “Antifa” was somehow responsible for the efforts of the pro-Trump mob.
“Honestly, the guy who smashed the windows wasn’t Antifa,” he wrote. “They were patriots trying to find a new way in so that we could flank the cops holding the door.
Padilla joins a list of insurgents on Capitol Hill who fought off antifa rumors online because they were upset that antifascists were getting credit for their work.
The case against Padilla was opened around the time that Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Used his time at a hearing on the Capitol Attack to float a conspiracy theory that the ” agents provocateurs ”and“ Trump’s bogus protesters ”were responsible for the attack.
Read the criminal complaint below.
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