BLM activist who once said ‘we need to rip Trump’ out of office was inside Capitol during riot
In the wake of Wednesday’s mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, a debate has broken out over who instigated the violence – that is, whether it was solely supporters of President Donald Trump, or did radical Antifa members have a hand in egging on the siege.
Comments by a Black Lives Matter activist to Fox News don’t settle the matter entirely. But his admission that he was inside the Capitol as the crowd bum-rushed the building demonstrates it was possible that outside agitators could have been involved.
John Sullivan, founder of the radical group Insurgence USA in Utah, told Fox News on Thursday that he was at the scene to “document” the violence. He did so by recording and tweeting several videos of the melee, including one of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt being shot by Capitol police.
But, his presence was “just recording, solely, and not being active in it,” he told Fox.
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Sullivan added, “There’s this narrative going around right now that Antifa was the people there causing the riots, causing the tension, they were the only people breaking into the Capitol, and I wanted to be able to tell a part of history and show that that was anything but the case.”
He also told Fox, “As far as being able to understand who is in the crowd, based on being around protests a lot … I didn’t see any people who were originally at BLM protests.”
Sullivan came to public attention in August when he unleashed a profane anti-Trump rant at an intersection in Washington, D.C.
Gesturing toward the White House, Sullivan yelled, “We … about to burn this s— down. We gotta … rip Trump right out of that office right there.” He added, “We ain’t about … waiting until the next election.”
He then whipped the crowd into chant, “It’s time for revolution.”
On Wednesday, as the siege was occurring, former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Plain called on the media to “look into who these people are.”
“Media,” she tweeted, “quit labeling DC protestors ‘Conservatives, Republicans, Tea Partiers, Trump Supporters, etc.’” Who would, she added, “choose an apparent leaderless insane swarm to create a perception of condoned violence.”
After the riot, The Washington Times quoted an unidentified law enforcement source, who said “professional protesters were in the crowd posing as Trumpers.”
“They were preaching violence,” the source added. “As they approached it was announced that [Vice President Mike] Pence had said he has no Constitutional authority. The crowd got mad. The agitators used this to whip-up anger. If the Feds are really intent on making the linkage between the instigators and Antifa, the evidence is there.”
Meanwhile, the New York Post cited an unidentified law enforcement source who said two Antifa members “disguised themselves with pro-Trump clothing to join in the DC rioting.” The cop said they were recognized as past participants in Antifa protests in New York.
Democrats have dismissed such claims, obviously because they want Trump to bear all the responsibility for the violence that claimed five lives. In addition to Ashli Babbitt, three other Trump supporters died from “medical emergencies” and a Capitol police officer passed away from injuries sustained in the riot.