Thread by amuse:
ANTIFA FACT-CHECK THREAD: During the impeachment trial today the president’s lawyers claimed that one of the first rioters arrested on 1/6 was a member of Antifa/BLM. Various fact-checkers ALL determined this claim was false. In this thread, we fact-check the fact-checkers.
The ‘agent provocateur’ that the president’s lawyers were talking about is John Earle Sullivan aka JaydenX. Before his arrest at the Capitol on 1/6th Sullivan was active in the BLM movement throughout the summer of 2020.
Sullivan began engaging in anti-fascist/government commentary calling for burning down the current political system and replacing it with another system, so it benefits the people and grants them more freedoms.
Frustrated with Lex Scott’s (the founder of BLM-Utah) leadership and inspired by Antifa riots in Portland, Sullivan founded ‘Insurgence USA’ to accelerate the collapse of the current political system through Antifa-style direction action.
After founding ‘Insurgence USA’ Sullivan traveled to Washington DC to lead protests on the Capitol. While on the stage he claimed he was going to burn down the White House and rip Trump out of office. Video:
Sullivan began referring to himself as ‘Activist John’ and regularly filled his Twitter feed with pro-BLM/Antifa rhetoric and seething hatred of Trump. He would also document his participation in protests and riots on his now-suspended account.
Sullivan routinely tagged his posts with both #Antifa and #BLM. When asked by reporters if he was ‘Antifa’ he said that while he was anti-fascist he had his own similar direct action organization called ‘Insurgence USA’.
Sullivan explained to reporters that, “Am I anti-fascist? We all are anti-fascist. And that’s what we should all strive for being. I have my own organization, Insurgence USA, and that’s what it is for. That’s really what it is.”
Sullivan adopted Antifa’s ‘black bloc’ dress and began training BLM/Antifa insurgents and selling them gear as seen in this video.
On 1/13 self-described anti-fascist and Insurgence USA leader, John Sullivan was arrested for leading the insurrection at the Capitol on 1/6. Sullivan goaded the first casualty of the event to climb through a window just before she was killed.
The FBI alleged that Sullivan told a crowd, “we about to burn this shit down, we got to rip Trump out of office, fucking pull him out of that shit, we ain’t waiting until the next election. we about to go get that mother fucker, it is time for a revolution.”
Shortly afterward Sullivan could be heard goading Ashli Babbitt to jump through a window as he filmed her being shot and killed by law enforcement.
According to the FBI Sullivan was charged with rioting and criminal mischief during a BLM riot in July in which another civilian was shot and injured. The case is still pending.
Despite Sullivan’s claims to the contrary the video footage he provided to the FBI showed that he was clearly inciting the protesters exclaiming, “Let’s go! This shit is ours! Fuck yeah! We accomplished this shit! We did this together! Fuck yeah! Let’s burn this shit down!
According to the FBI the video also shows Sullivan helping protesters climb the wall.
Once inside the Capitol, according to the FBI, Sullivan could be heard encouraging the protesters suggesting, “We gotta get this shit burned! It’s our house motherfuckers! We are getting this shit.”
Throughout the video Sullivan confronts officers calling for them to stand down.
At another point Sullivan breaks into a congressional office and states, “We did this shit. We took this shit.” and then proceed to break a window and later apologizing for breaking it but suggesting that it was okay because no one caught it on camera.
Next a crowd of protesters and Sullivan approach another locked door protected by law enforcement and Sullivan tells the protesters he has a knife but the protesters ignore him.
Over and over Sullivan encouraged protesters to break into new areas of the building and attack officers. Saying things like, “Why don’t we go in there? That’s what I’m saying, break that shit. It would fire if someone had revolutionary music and shit.”
Sullivan convinced the only officer standing between him and the protesters to leave his post ultimately resulting in the shooting of an airforce veteran climbing through the side window.
Accompanying Sullivan was a photojournalist named Jade Sacker who has worked for NPR and NBC. Once the pair had entered the capital she can be heard on Sullivan’s video cheering, “We did it!” and then asked John if he was filming and he promised to delete the video. He lied.
Apparently Sullivan was having a relationship with the freelance photojournalist who has worked for NPR and NBC as seen in this video.
After Sullivan was released by police Sacker arranged to have him interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. His statements during the interview were debunked by the FBI in their arrest warrant.
BLM Seattle warned members in November that John Sullivan was an ‘agent provocateur’ seeking to incite violence. He was also seen disguising himself as a Trump supporter on various occasions.