Proud Boy Who Shouted ‘Nancy Come Out and Play’ During US Capitol Riot Calls Them a ‘Glorified Tour’
A high-profile member of the far-right Proud Boys who shouted “Nancy to play” during the January 6 attack on the Capitol on January 6, called the riots “nothing more than a glorified tour.”
Gabriel Garcia, 40, was formally charged this week with two federal felonies and four felonies related to disorderly conduct and violating the Capitol attacks.
The former US Army captain, Garcia, pleaded not guilty to all charges, saying he could not infringe because no one tried to prevent him from entering the building, and he did not stray outside the “ red velvet lines. ”
Garcia, who once lost a bid for the Florida House of Representatives, said the riots that killed five people, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, were just a “ glorified tour. ”
‘It’s the most expensive tour of my life, I can tell you that, but yes, a glorified tour,’ Garcia told the Miami Herald
Believe it or not, wherever there was red velvet lines or some of that, I stayed there. I have not gone astray. My intention was never to enter anyone’s office, destroy anything. ‘
Gabriel Garcia can be seen in a campaign photo running unsuccessfully to Republican House District 116 in 2020. Gabriel Garcia, a prominent member of Miami far-right group Proud Boys, is accused of storming the Capitol on January 6, along with hundreds others
During the chaos, which he live-streamed on Facebook, he said it was ‘about to get ugly’, shouted ‘traitors’ and ‘Nancy come out and play’
Garcia told the Herald that he arrived late to the riot and was not involved in the violence. He says the police did nothing to stop people from entering the building, and the doors were open.
In a series of Facebook videos from January 6, live-streamed, Garcia shows himself entering the Capitol along with others in the crowd.
“We just went ahead and stormed the Capitol. It’s going to be ugly, ‘he says in one of the videos.
The livestream captured Garcia roaming the Capitol shouting ‘damn traitors’ and ‘US storm this s ***’.
During the assault on the capital, rioters went door to door looking for members of Congress who they believed had betrayed Donald Trump by refusing to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The crowd had previously sung “Hang Mike Pence” and erected a gallows outside the main building, targeting prominent Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Garcia insisted that when he yelled at Nancy to “come out and play,” he had no intention of hurting Pelosi and was not charged in connection with the comments.
He suggested he might not be referring to Pelosi.
‘This is what it’s about. Which Nancy am I talking about? he told the Herald.
‘I never said the speaker of the house. Nancy Lopez? Maybe Nancy Reagan? ‘
Garcia, circled in the lower right corner, told the Miami Herald that he stayed within the ‘red velvet lines’
Trump supporters storm the Capitol after the ‘Stop The Steal’ rally where they gathered to protest the 2020 election results on January 6, 2021 in Washington DC
More than 300 people involved in the riot have been charged with criminal offenses, including 19 members of the Proud Boys
Garcia was also arrested yelling “ Free Enrique, ” a reference to Proud Boys Miami leader Enrique Tarrio, who was arrested a few days before the Washington DC uprising, according to a complaint filed in January.
At least 19 members of the Proud Boys have been charged in federal court with crimes related to the January 6 riot. In total, more than 300 people have been charged.
The Proud Boys were founded by Gavin McInnes in 2016 and quickly gained a reputation for violence.
Members have reportedly been sworn in by singing, ‘I’m a proud boy. I am a western chauvinist. And I refuse to apologize for creating a modern world. ‘
In 2018, the FBI called the Proud Boys an extremist group.
Last week, two Capitol Police officers charged Donald Trump with instigating the January 6 riots that left dozens of their fellow officers injured and one dead.
James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby said they suffered “ physical and emotional injuries ” during the violent “ Stop The Steal ” uprising they believe was spurred by the former president.
Their lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington, said: “ The insurgents were spurred on by Trump’s behavior for many months to lead his followers to believe his false claim that he was about to leave the White House because of massive electoral fraud.