An interesting conviction by jury trial occurred today. Not included in the statistics for January 6th related arrests is the prosecution of Brendan Hunt. Hunt never went to the Capitol. What Hunt did do, in early December, and a couple days after January 6th was post on social media rather explicit threats against members of Congress. For an understanding of the specificity of the threats, feel free to read his indictment.
Some quotes include:
“Trump, we want actual revenge on democrats. Meaning, we want you to hold a public execution of pelosi aoc schumer etc. And if you dont do it, the citizenry will. We’re not voting in another rigged election. Start up the firing squads, mow down these commies, and lets take america back!”
“If you’re going to shoot someone tho, go after a high value target like pelosi schumer or AOC. They really need to be put down. These commies will see death before they see us surrender! USA!!”
Shortly after January 6th, Hunt had this to say:
“We need to go back to the U.S. Capitol when all of the Senators and a lot of the Representatives are back there, and this time we have to show up with our guns. And we need to slaughter these motherfuckers . . . Our government at this point is basically a handful of traitors . . . so what you need to do is take up arms, get to D.C., probably the inauguration . . . so called inauguration of this motherfucking communist Joe Biden . . . That’s probably the best time to do this, get your guns, show up to D.C., and literally just spray these motherfuckers . . . So get your guns, show up to D.C., put some bullets in their fucking heads. If anybody has a gun, give me it, I’ll go there myself and shoot them and kill them. . .We have to take out these Senators and then replace them with actual patriots . . . This is a ZOG government.”
As the indictment explains, “ZOG” is a white supremacist term for “Zionist Occupied Government.”
There’s more, to include specific suggestions for an armed attack on the inauguration of Biden, but I think you get the idea.
At his trial Hunt did a rare thing. As a defendant he took the stand himself, waiving his 5th Amendment rights. He tried to convince the jury that all that stuff he said was just “blather,” that he didn’t mean it, and tried to explain it as the product of his being high on drugs. The jury did not buy it. After just three hours of deliberations the jury found him guilty of threatening members of Congress in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 115. Hunt faces a maximum of ten years in jail.
I post this as a bit of an educational notice. How many of you have heard stuff similar to what Hunt was convicted for on social media from Trumpers? The FBI might be interested.