CNN reports that a close ally of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was among the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Greene, a freshman congresswoman with a history of promoting dangerous and violent conspiracies and comments, encouraged the big lie that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump by voting to object to the election certification and fanned the flames of the insurrection by telling her supporters to “fight for Trump.”
In tweets after the Capitol insurrection, Greene falsely suggested that those who had broken into the Capitol were not Republicans and instead falsely implied so-called “Antifa” dressed as Trump supporters were to blame.
In fact, Anthony Aguero, a conservative livestreamer, activist and associate of Greene, said on video following the January 6 assault on the Capitol that he had been among those who entered and attacked those who falsely claimed it was done by “Antifa.”
In a video posted the day after the insurrection, Aguero said, “We were all there. It was not Antifa and it was not BLM. It was Trump supporters that did that yesterday. I’m the first to admit it, being one myself.”
He added: “I walked amongst all those people.”
CNN reported that “Greene and Aguero have worked closely together over the years on causes such as immigration and the border wall and have attended pro-Trump rallies together.”
In many since-deleted videos saved by CNN’s KFile, Greene repeatedly calls Aguero “amazing” and a “friend.” On social media, Aguero has called Greene “one of my closest friends.”
“A message was sent,” Aguero said in the video streamed live on January 6 while walking away from the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue following the riot. “These politicians are not going to continue to get away with the abuse as they’ve been doing. We will continue to press on these individuals.”
“The National Guard has just been called in,” he continued. “A woman was shot in the face earlier. There was blood all over the floor. I recorded it for y’all. I could not go live during the whole event because the signal was either jammed purposely or there was just too many, too many people out there. Guys, I was able to make it inside the chambers and I have footage that I’m going to provide for you guys as we made our way in there.”
However, when contacted by CNN for comment, Aguero said the “videos uploaded compiled [sic] are not mine. They’re screen recorded from other posts that I saw.”
Aguero did not respond to further questions asking to specify which videos were screen recorded. He appears on camera in two videos and can be heard speaking in others.
Before publication, it appears Aguero deleted the video from January 6 in which he appears on camera and says he “was able to make it inside the chambers.” He did not respond to CNN’s questions on this.
The news outlet reported that Aguero did confirm that he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, saying he was there as an “independent journalist” reporting the events.
He also reiterated his support for Greene.
“I fully support Marjorie Taylor Greene. We need more great people like her. God bless her and her family,” said Aguero.
Greene did not respond to requests for comment.
CNN reported that “Aguero and Greene have worked closely together over the years, particularly before her run for Congress.”
When Greene was temporarily banned from her personal Facebook page in May 2019, she used Aguero’s page to livestream. He has spent much of January and February expressing support for Greene on social media.
She was recently photographed with Aguero in Washington at the “March for Trump” rally, also known as the Million MAGA March, on November 14, 2020, where Greene spoke. Following Greene’s speech, Aguero can be seen accompanying her off the stage in a video of the rally. A November tweet of the pair at the rally was liked by Greene.
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