A Trump supporter who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and allegedly tasered D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Mike Fanone, cried while being interrogated by the FBI, saying he was a “fucking piece of sh**” and that he was worried that his “mom’s going to find out” what he did, HuffPost reports.
According to a transcript of his FBI interview, Daniel “D.J.” Rodriguez said he was radicalized by watching videos from InfoWars and conservative commentators like Steven Crowder, Mark Dice, and the Hodgetwins, who convinced him that the 2020 election was stolen.
“Are we all that stupid that we thought we were going to go do this and save the country and it was all going to be fine after? We really thought that. That’s so stupid, huh?” he told the FBI.
“I understand what it ― it’s very stupid and ignorant, and I see that it’s a big joke, that we thought that we were going to save this country, we were doing the right thing and stuff. I get it,” he said.
“My beliefs are that an overwhelming number of people came out to vote for Trump and he actually did win that election, the popular vote and the electoral vote,” Rodriguez said. “They made sure that the election was lost and there’s no point in voting anymore, so it’s like ― I’m thinking they’re going to come, like, you know ― they’re going to come round us up.”
HuffPost revealed Rodriguez’s name in a story built on the work of a group of online sleuths who called themselves Deep State Dogs and the knowledge of anti-fascist activists who knew Rodriguez from pro-Trump protests in California. The broader community of “Sedition Hunters” has played a major role in dozens if not hundreds of the roughly 650 cases that have been brought against rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. There are more than 2,500 total potential defendants, including over 250 suspects who assaulted police officers on Jan. 6 but have not yet been arrested.
Throughout the interview, Rodriguez lamented that he was an “a**hole” and a “piece of sh**” and that he is “so stupid.”
No argument there.
You can read the full transcript of his interrogation here.