Feds charge ANARCHIST who appeared on CNN after telling Capitol rioters to ‘burn this s**t down’
According to the affidavit seeking his arrest, filed in the federal court in Washington, DC, John Earle Sullivan didn’t just film last Wednesday’s storming of the US Capitol – he actually took part in the violence and egged on the destruction that led to the fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt.
According to the FBI, anarchist John Sullivan told police officers to stand down in the Speaker's Lobby, then agitated the crowd to attack the doors and windows while he filmed. Moments later Ashley Babbitt was shot and killed. https://t.co/4dsh8ivgka— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 14, 2021
Democrats accused President Donald Trump of inciting an “insurrection” after a crowd of presumably his supporters broke into the Capitol during the joint session of Congress that was meeting to certify Joe Biden as the next US president. Babbitt was among the five people – including two Capitol Police officers – whose deaths were linked to the unrest.Also on rt.com Biden says Trump ‘incited’ Capitol riot, urges Senate to make room for his agenda amid impeachment drive
“Go! Go! Get this s**t!” Sullivan says in the video he turned over to the FBI, as the crowd is breaking through the door inside the Capitol, according to the affidavit. Babbitt is shot shortly thereafter as she attempts to enter through the breach.
At other times he yells “Let’s go. This s**t is ours! F**k yeah,” and “Let’s burn this s**t down.”
He told a different story to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Good Morning America the evening and morning after, presenting himself as a left-wing activist who just came to document the protest.
“I can't tell you that I agree with Trump or MAGA supporters," Sullivan told Salt Lake City’s KSTU-TV last Friday. “I can tell you I don't.” He did insist that his footage showed Trump supporters storming the Capitol, not Antifa as some claimed.
Officially, Sullivan is a “civil rights activist” who runs Insurgence USA, an organization established in June 2020 amid the protests over the death of George Floyd. They say they “want to build local powers to enable the community to intervene in violence enacted by the state and government vigilantes,” rhetoric commonly used by Black Lives Matter and affiliated groups.
John Sullivan faced charges here in Utah after organizing protests. His most recent video post on Intsa. https://t.co/hD7A90Cc2s— Heidi Hatch (@tvheidihatch) January 7, 2021
Sullivan organized a June protest in Provo where a person was shot, and was arrested over it. A journalist with Provo’s KUTV news looked at the hashtags Sullivan has used on social media and they included both #blm and #antifa, as well as #abolishthepolice.
Later in the summer, he delivered an expletive-laden speech at a protest in Washington, DC threatening to “rip Trump out of the White House,” chanting "It’s time for a revolution” and threatening to “burn this s**t down.”
BLM inc. threatening to “rip the president out of the White House” They say they won’t wait until the next election.They’re openly calling for a revolution.This is domestic terrorism on full display, out in the open. They don’t even try to hide it. pic.twitter.com/OyhNSzBEwu— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 29, 2020
Sullivan “was at the forefront of pro-Trump violence in the Capitol, egging it on as he filmed,” said Grayzone journalist Max Blumenthal, but questioned the activist’s bona fides and accused him of “sabotaging” Black Lives Matter while posing as a civil rights leader.
Activist communities around the country have “banished” Sullivan and consider him “a dangerous provocateur,” Blumenthal said on Twitter, citing the DC-based Black House News. Yet he was welcomed on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show, which “falsely” called him a left-wing activist and didn’t ask why he was at the Capitol.
The night of the Capitol riot, Sullivan was welcomed on @andersoncooper to present himself as the heroic journalist who recorded Babbit's shooting. Cooper falsely called him a "left-wing activist" and didn't ask why he was actually in the Capitol. This was fodder for the Right. pic.twitter.com/LPezi5Hv09— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) January 14, 2021
Sullivan “is not BLM or Antifa, and is out to wreck their cause,” Blumenthal wrote.
OAN reporter Jack Posobiec noted that Sullivan had posted on Instagram about his contacts with the FBI. That doesn’t necessarily mean much, however, given the rush by many Democrats to report Trump supporters to federal authorities in the aftermath of the January 6 events.
Anarchist John Sullivan was boasting on Instagram of his contacts with the FBI yesterday. Today they arrested him for rioting. pic.twitter.com/45YkbBWP7r— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 14, 2021
Whoever Sullivan is actually working for may or may not be revealed at his trial. What stands out is the ease with which he was able to garner mainstream media attention and get people of completely opposite political persuasions to follow his lead at various protests.
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