Speaking to CNN this Friday morning, accused Capitol rioter Anthony Antonio said that he only stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6 because then-President Donald Trump told him to go during his speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally before the riot.
“He called people to Washington, DC that day. He said march down to the Capitol. I personally would not have marched down Pennsylvania Avenue and walked to the Capitol, on the grass of the Capitol,” Antonio said. “I told you were I was supposed to go. I was supposed to go to Freedom Plaza, that was my plan … if [Trump] didn’t say ‘go down to the Capitol,’ I wouldn’t have gone down to the Capitol.”
More from accused Capitol rioter Anthony Antonio: "I was supposed to go to Freedom Plaza, that was my plan … if [Trump] didn't say 'go down to the Capitol,' I wouldn't have gone down to the Capitol." pic.twitter.com/pLbcJuZLHm
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Antonio made headlines earlier this month when word got out that his lawyer argued before a judge that his client wasn’t interested in politics until he started watching Fox News. Lawyer Joseph Hurley told the judge that Antonio had “Foxitus” and “Foxmania” from watching six months of Fox News and started believing what was being fed to him by the network and Trump.
“The reason he was there is because he was a dumb*** and believed what he heard on Fox News,” Hurley said.