Yesterday Was A Real Tough Day To Be A Proud Boy

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On Wednesday, Proud Boy organizer and former Infowars correspondent Joseph Randall Biggs, 37, was arrested in Florida for his part in the January 6 storming of the Capitol. That afternoon, he stood in front of US Magistrate Judge Embry Kidd of Orlando, Florida, and refused to enter a plea.

According to the FBI, Biggs "did aid, abet, counsel, command, induce, or procure others" to storm the Capitol building on January 6. The Feds also say that Biggs — who was caught on camera, inside the Capitol, shouting "This is awesome!" — was one of the first to enter the building, and that he and other members of the Proud Boys had earpieces and walkie-talkies they were using to communicate with one another during the riots.

Biggs, like the others who raided the Capitol, is also being charged with illegal entry and disorderly conduct.


Biggs told the FBI in an interview that he was not involved in any "pre-planning" of the riots. However! Remember a few weeks ago when both he and Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio made videos telling Proud Boys not to wear their usual black and yellow uniforms and to instead "dress up as antifa"?

The FBI remembers, and put that incident in Biggs's charging papers as evidence that he was, in fact, planning something.

For example, on December 29, 2020, Tarrio posted a message on the social media site Parler about the demonstration planned for January 6, 2021. Among other things, Tarrio announced that the Proud Boys would "turn out in record numbers on Jan 6th but this time with a twist… We will not be wearing our traditional Black and Yellow. We will be incognito and we will be spread across downtown DC in smaller teams. And who knows….we might dress in all BLACK for the occasion." I believe the statement about dressing in "all BLACK" is a reference to dressing like the group known as "Antifa," who the Proud Boys have identified as an enemy of their movement and are often depicted in the media wearing all black to demonstrations.

On or around the same day, BIGGS posted a similar message to his followers on Parler in which he stated, among other things, "we will not be attending DC in colors. We will be blending in as one of you. You won't see us. You'll even think we are you . . .We are going to smell like you, move like you, and look like you. The only thing we'll do that's us is think like us! Jan 6th is gonna be epic." I understand that BIGGS was directing these statements at "Antifa."

Once again, Trumpists are thwarted by their insistence on publicly announcing the crimes they plan to do on social media.

Biggs is not the only member of the Proud Boys to be arrested. Dominic "Spazzo" Pezzola of Rochester, New York, has also since been arrested (I do not know him, just for the record). Leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested days before the events in DC on charges of stealing a church's Black Lives Matter banner and burning it.

The Proud Boys have not exactly been thrilled with Trump himself over the last few days. They feel that he asked them to come to DC, he asked them to storm the Capitol building, and then he let them all take the fall and condemned them for standing up for him. They are also mad that he stepped down instead of doing a military coup and staying in power forever like the fascist strong man leader they had hoped he would be.

Also, Trump pardoned rapper Kodak Black and did not pardon the "non-wealthy whites who put it all on the line to defend their president." This, we assume, meant people like Biggs and Pezzola.

The Proud Boys Telegram account also claimed that actually, Wednesday's inauguration was good for them because it would be a "racial and political awakening" for the normies.

Today is a good day. Don't be discouraged. Our racial and political awakening is a white pill. Trump's fraudulent loss was what normies needed to correctly recognize that the system is rigged against us. They want to totally replace you.

Our unity and our revolutionary spirit scares them. Our collective strength strikes fear in system. This is only the beginning of our awakening. Millions and millions of people are truly being red pilled and are now totally rejecting the system created by the government, Hollywood, and the media. Instead, we now have normies watching Thomas Sewell, Martinez, and Amren. Eyes are being opened.

Today is a beautiful day. Rejoice.

Amren, by the way, refers to white nationalist website American Renaissance. So that's real cute. The Proud Boys have often tried to distance themselves from the white nationalists, pointing to leaders like Enrique Tarrio, who is Cuban, along with some non-white members and trying to pooh-pooh the fact that Jason Kessler was a Proud Boy when he organized the Unite The Right rally. But then they get angry and they get racist. It's not easy to hide that for too long, and now they're not even trying.

[Washington Post]

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