A Delaware man who was charged in mid-April for his role in the riot at the U.S. Capitol is now utilizing a unique defense to describe his actions.
According to court documents, Anthony Antonio was seen in news footage and cellphone video “squirting water and throwing a plastic water bottle” in the direction of a police officer “as he was dragged down the set of stairs.”
Huffpost’s Ryan J. Reilly reported that during a court appearance this Thursday, Antonio’s lawyer blamed his client’s actions on his consumption of Fox News and the words or former President Trump.
“Attorney for Capitol defendant Anthony Antonio said his client had ‘Foxitus’ and ‘Foxmania’ from watching six months of Fox News and started ‘believing what was being fed to him’ by Fox News and the president,” Reilly tweeted.
Antonio talked to the feds with his lawyer pretty early, and told them he saw “death” in the eyes of D.C. Police Officer Mike Fanone as the mob pulled the officer into the crowd. https://t.co/jbtSEYIYiF pic.twitter.com/SWtGKDVuLz
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) May 6, 2021