A Florida Trump supporter was arrested after bragging on a social media post about participating in the deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 6.
Fifty-five-year-old John Maron Nassif, of Chuluota, Florida was taken into custody after he boasted on Facebook about his role in the attack and posted videos from inside the building, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
“You know I was there, right? You don’t find it odd that a police officer is welcoming everybody in? Considering the narrative that’s being pushed?” wrote Nassif two days after the event, according to the Justice Department affidavit.
“I found myself inside the building. The Rotunda was nearly filled with people,” Nassif also. “No one was fighting or being violent. More pushing and I decided to leave. It wasn’t until I was walking back that I heard a rumor someone had been shot. It wasn’t till I got back to my hotel room I learned the specifics. Anyone telling you this was some type of coup etc is telling you lies.”
He then proceeded to post a series of memes and claims that Antifa was the one behind the riot.
During his Monday hearing, Nassif was seen on Zoom, not wearing a mask while sitting next to his lawyer who was.
“He was released from custody on Monday and is scheduled for an initial hearing via Zoom May 17 at 1 p.m. in Washington D.C.,” said the Sentinel. “He doesn’t have the money for a lawyer so he’s getting a public defender appointed.”
He expressed concern about the public defender being out of the DC office, but the judge explained that due to the huge number of people arrested from the Capitol attack, “they’ve got this down by now.”