Anthime Gionet, the prominent white nationalist figure known as “Baked Alaska” has asked a federal judge to remove a GPS monitor he’s been wearing since his January 6th arrest for storming the Capitol “Violence and loves the police.”
However, his argument stands in sharp contrast to the charges he is facing for breaking through the building and streamed his parade live through the halls. The FBI found indictments that Gionet yelled at a Capitol police officer and labeled him a “fidende oathbreaker” and “piece s —” when police tried to lead rioters out of the building.
Gionet’s charge has been pending since late January, and he is one of more than 300 charged for entering the Capitol. He is not among the dozen who have faced more serious charges such as conspiracy or assault on the police.
But Gionet is one of the more famous characters who participated in the uprising and actually entered the building. As a prominent ally of Trump, whose white nationalist views have led to bans on social media media by mainstream platforms, he has built a following among many Trump supporters who have joined the storm on the Capitol.
Gionet said in his indulgence request that he entered the Capitol as a “journalist” – despite not being a recognized member of the Capitol’s press corps – and that his past affinity with the police should be a credit to him. He said the day’s footage showed him that “fist officers bump inside”. His attorney also noted he was encouraging others not to break anything in the Capitol, despite prosecutors saying he shouted about the revolution and encouraged other rioters while recording a 27-minute livestream.
Gionet’s lawyer also noted that he grew up with a “Christian upbringing”, attended a “private Christian school” and that his parents “are very respected in their community”.
“Mr. Gionet has no background of violence and contempt for law enforcement,” the lawyer wrote.
The main argument put forward by Gionet is that it has so far met all of its release conditions and does not pose a flight risk. His attorney Zachary Thornley admitted but downplayed the fact that Gionet is also facing offense charges in Arizona.
“Of course, he has a pending misdemeanor case in Scottsdale, Arizona on charges of abuse, misdemeanor and disorderly conduct,” Thornley wrote, revealing that Mr. Gionet will be found not guilty if this matter is brought to justice. “