A lawyer for a Capitol rioters who allegedly stole an officer’s gas mask and stormed the Capitol building through a broken window says his client’s participation in the deadly January 6 riots resulted from watching te a lot of Fox News, a condition he called ‘Foxitis’. ‘
Anthony Antonio’s lawyer Joseph Hurley says the 27-year-old spent all of his free time watching the conservative news network after being fired over COVID.
“He became addicted to what I call ‘Foxitus’ or ‘Foxmania’ and became interested in the political aspect and began to believe what was being conducted to him,” Hurley told US magistrate judge Robin M. Meriweather on Thursday.
Hurley argued at a hearing that Antonio believed he was following Trump’s order to march to Washington and participate in a patriotic movement to serve the United States, the Huffington Post reported.
Antonio moved in with Chicago roommates who were fans of Fox News and “ for the next about six months, Fox television was playing constantly, ” Hurley said.
A lawyer for 27-year-old Anthony Antonio (pictured) says his clients’ participation in the January 6 Capitol riot was the result of watching too much Fox News
In an interview with VDARE in the middle of the storming of the Capitol, Anthony Antonio (pictured) says: ‘Yes, yes, we entered the Capitol’
Anthony Antonio (pictured) was even seen climbing a scaffolding set up in the Capitol in preparation for President Biden’s inauguration to take place weeks later
Fox News has been accused of playing a role in bolstering former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent.
The network is currently facing multi-billion dollar defamation lawsuits from Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, two voting technology companies, for allegedly spreading false allegations about counterfeit voting machines that made it into the story that the election was ‘stolen’, a claim that Trump made on social media. media and in speeches after his loss in November 2020.
The allegations of electoral fraud were the basis of the storming of the Capitol.
At the time, Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress certified election results that would bolster Joe Biden’s victory over Trump.
Antonio turned himself in in Delaware on April 20 and was charged with five federal crimes in connection with the January 6 Capitol riots.
The ‘Foxitus’ defense was put up at a Zoom hearing on Thursday, where Landon Copeland, 33, another alleged rioter awaiting his own hearing, interrupted Hurley several times, The Washington Post reported.
When Hurley mentioned ‘Foxitis’, Copeland shouted,’ I object ‘and other obscenities’ that led to the judge Meriweather having him assessed for mental ability.
Antonio attended the riot in a tactical body armor with a far-right ‘Three Percenter’ patch, a camouflage shirt and had a tattoo of the words ‘Carpe Diem’ on his right wrist, according to a an affidavit from the FBI.
He was one of the rioters who stormed the Capitol’s Lower West Terrace Entrance.
Court documents include multiple video photos of Antonio taking part in the riot and document his actions throughout the day.
The 27-year-old is caught on video yelling at a group officer, ‘Do you want war? We are at war. 1776 all over again. ‘
Antonio also saw scaffolding set up in the Capitol in preparation for President Biden’s inauguration that was to take place weeks later.
In addition, the 27-year-old was caught on security footage making its way into the Lower West Terrace Entrance Tunnel leading to the entrance of the Capitol, trying to break past a group of MPD officers and Capitol Police.
In an attempt to break into the Capitol, the crowd “ physically assaulted the police, including spraying chemical irritants and throwing objects, ” the affidavit said.
Antonio even used a shield seemingly stolen from the police to get to the front of the tunnel.
Fox News has been accused of playing a role in bolstering former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent
The FBI sought information about 27-year-old Anthony Antonio for assault of federal officers and violence in the United States Capitol on Jan. 6.
On January 6, Antonio gave an interview with VDARE in which a reporter asked, “So you really entered the Capitol?” to which he replied, “Yes, yes, we entered the Capitol.”
During the interview, a hand signal was used often used by Three Percenters, a far-right anti-government militia group.
Antonio went on to explain why he stormed the Capitol during the interview, citing electoral fraud.
“So, in my opinion, man, and a lot of guys up there, we need to talk,” he said. ‘We the people need to be heard. We are done with false elections. We have finished stealing the election. As you can see, Georgia, what happened last night while I was following? He was half to half ahead, then two to five. You cannot lose votes. We wanted to talk to the people. You work for us. ‘
In a February interview with law enforcement officials, Antonio told investigators he saw six men drag a police officer down the steps of the Capitol – an obvious reference to Officer Michael Fanone – who suffered a heart attack during the incident, the Washington Post reported.
Antonio told investigators that the officer pleaded for help and that, according to the affidavit, he could see “ death in the man’s eyes. ”
“(I) missed my judgment, I didn’t help him when I had to,” he told investigators.
Antonio is accused of knowingly entering or remaining on limited grounds without legal authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct, obstructing law enforcement during civil disorder, disrupting Congress, and damaging government property.