Most Americans can agree on at least one thing: Those who stormed the U.S. Capitol probably didn’t make good choices on Wednesday.
In the aftermath, names and descriptions of the rioters are coming out and, courtesy of various media, our spotlight falls today on two examples.
“Great patriots” they may have been called, but we’re just not sure what their true definition should be.
Jake Angeli: This is the fur-hat-wearing guy who ended up flexing for a photo as he stood behind the dais in the Senate chamber—in a spot held an hour earlier by Vice President Mike Pence.
According to the Daily Mail, “The heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint … has been revealed to be an Arizona-based QAnon believer who used to promote himself as a singer and actor.
“Jake Angeli, 32, often known as the QAnon Shaman, has become a fixture at recent right-wing rallies while decked out in his signature attire.” He’s been seen at Trump rallies in Arizona the past couple of months.
Andy Williams: The second guy is making American firefighters cringe. He’s a firefighter who’s currently on leave after he also “outed” on social media in a photo. It’s a fine photo, as Williams is easily identified among the MAGA mob in the snapshot that showed him posing—quite sure of himself—near a sign for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
And what riot outfit would be complete without a trucker cap? According to the Daily Mail, Williams also carried “a hydration backpack and a mask pushed under his chin.“ According to reports, Williams has served as a firefighter in Sanford, Fla., since 2016, department spokesperson Bianca Gillett confirmed, and he’s been asked to stay away pending an investigation by the city.