A suspected Capitol rioter pounded his chest in a letter from his Washington DC prison saying, “If overthrow were the quest, no doubt it would have been overthrown.”
‘Jan. “6th was nothing short of a satirical way of overthrowing a government,” Guy Reffitt wrote in the letter. “Ask the Capitol Police [their] opinion of how it could have been. They are grateful it was not a real rebellion, complete with mind, body and soul. ‘
Reffitt, 48, made headlines in late January after being arrested after he was accused of threatening to kill his teenage son for calling the police and saying he would “ shoot a bullet ” through his daughter’s phone if she killed him. betray.
He wrote the letter that was first exclusively obtained by ProPublica, and has since been added to the court files in the criminal case against the Texas man.
It was signed by ‘the 1 / 6ers’ with no names, and describes the DC prison where he – and dozens of other suspected Capitol rioters are being held – as an over-the-top patriotic atmosphere in which Capitol suspects are being held. riot ties. out of anger.
Images, like this one, from Jan. 6 show Guy Reffitt wearing a helmet with a front-facing camera as he allegedly stormed the Capitol
He can also be seen in the images wearing a blue jacket and what appears to be a bulletproof vest
According to an affidavit obtained by Dallas News, Reffitt told his family that he had gone to Washington, DC to “protect the country,” that he had brought a gun, and that he had “stormed the Capitol.”
Reffitt, 48, made headlines in late January after his arrest after being accused of threatening to kill his teenage son Jackson (pictured) for calling the police
They recite the pledge of allegiance in prison and sing the national anthem “ all at once, loud and proud every day, ” Reffitt said in the letter.
The ‘1 / 6ers’ are ‘not organized’ and that there are ‘no leaders’, says Reffitt; just ‘people talk about things’ because they are ‘stuck together here’.
Reffitt blamed the violence on “ isolated overly emotional individuals ” who wanted to warn the country, according to ProPublica, who was able to speak to Reffitt briefly via text messages with his wife.
‘The people are clearly not happy,’ Reffitt said in response to questions sent through his wife, ProPublica reported
Reffitt worked on oil rigs for most of his life, but when the work dried up during the coronavirus pandemic, he intensified his political activity.
He focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, “which he considered destructive,” and closely followed the false narrative that the election had been stolen.
Let it ring in your heart, the real reason that clock struck the hour. We all heard the hungry ticking in our ears, ”Reffitt said in the letter. It couldn’t be ignored.
“I hope this was the only day in American history when we would no doubt feel the need to inform our government that they have violated way too far.”
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What is the Three Percenters Movement?
The Three Percenters are a loosely organized movement that originated in 2008, according to the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish civil rights organization that tracks extremist groups.
On its website, the right-wing group says it is not an anti-government militia, but “we will defend ourselves if necessary.”
The Three Percenters takes its name from the belief that only 3% of the settlers rose up to fight the British. They have vowed to oppose any government that violates the US Constitution.
The Oregon Three Percenters joined an armed acquisition of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Dozens of people have occupied the remote refuge for more than a month to protest federal control over Western countries. The group also took part in a violent right-wing rally in Portland last year.
His family told ProPublic that Reffitt became increasingly involved with the Three Percenters, a decentralized anti-governmental movement that takes its name from the myth that only three percent fought the British during the American Revolution.
After Donald Trump lost the election, Reffitt’s family told ProPublica that he fell in love with Trump’s December 19 tweet: “ Big protest in DC on January 6. Be there, will be wild! ‘
Reffitt told his family that he had gone to Washington, DC to “protect the country,” and that he took a gun and “stormed the Capitol,” an affidavit said.
Images from that day show Reffitt wearing a helmet with a front camera. He can also be seen in the images in a blue jacket and what looks like a bulletproof vest.
According to the affidavit, FBI agents found an AR-15 rifle and a pistol while searching for Reffitt’s home.
The main charge he faces is obstructing official proceedings, with a maximum sentence of 20 years, and waiting for trial to begin. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges he is facing.
In text messages he sent to his wife last month, Reffitt said he was resigning from the Texas Three Percenters.
In their most recent filing, prosecutors added new evidence to their case against Reffitt. They got a recording of a January 10 Zoom meeting involving Reffitt and two other Three Percenters.
In it, Reffitt reportedly said he helped lead the assault on the Capitol with a .40-caliber pistol by his side, at one point telling a US Capitol Police officer firing non-lethal bullets at him: ‘ Sorry sweetheart. You better get a bigger damn gun, ”said ProPublica.
Dozens of suspected Capitol rioters are being held in a Washington DC prison, where Reffitt sent the letter