At Least One Leftist Agitator Arrested for Inciting Violence at Capitol Riot

The National Guard via Wikimedia Commons

As far as we know the vast majority of rioters who stormed the Capitol last week were Trump supporters or otherwise affiliated with so-called right-wing groups. However, as I predicted, at least one instigator there was from the Left. And he was just arrested on federal charges in Utah.

Why is he important?

Well, for one, John Earle Sullivan, the left-wing activist and Black Lives Matter supporter was interviewed by CNN to discuss what he witnessed at the U.S. Capitol and his interview was broadcast globally on “Anderson Cooper 360.” He claimed he was at the Capitol covering the riots, but in fact, was there to provoke violence and then record it.

His own videos of the Capitol riot were used as evidence for his arrest.

While in police custody, Sullivan told KUTV that he was in the Capitol in order to document the protests. But he also admitted that he entered the Capitol through a window.

Most significantly, Sullivan was caught on camera as he was filming Ashli Babbitt, the 35-year-old Air Force veteran when she was shot and died. Sullivan told CNN, “The second that she climbed through the window she got shot right in the neck area, fell backwards…”

After the riot, Sullivan admitted to KUTV that he is the founder of Insurgence USA, created after the killing of George Floyd. In a video obtained from Insurgence USA by KSTU-TV, Sullivan says to the camera that he also supports Black Lives Matter.

Sullivan was arrested and charged with entering a restricted building or grounds, “civil disorders,” and violent entry or disorderly conduct. But incitement to violence may also be in the works.

Sullivan’s arrest affidavit adds:

After the crowd broke through the last barricade, and as SULLIVAN and the others approach the Capitol Building, SULLIVAN can be heard in the video saying at various points: ‘There are so many people. Let’s go. This s— is ours! F— yeah,’ ‘We accomplished this s—. We did this together. F— yeah! We are all a part of this history,’ and ‘Let’s burn this s— down.

Once inside, federal prosecutors allege that he shouted for more violence. While the arrest of one leftist agitator inciting and filming violence at the Capitol cannot condone the actions of the rest of the right-wing pro-Trump crowd, it must be taken seriously and evaluated as part of a very complex and tragic event.

Federal authorities will continue to investigate this riot for weeks and months to come. As I noted the day after the riot, all the facts must be uncovered, and all the violent perpetrators arrested.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Marina
Marina
3 months ago

STOP THE FASCIST
The leftists are using Twitter and FB to organize themselves they will never get banned because FB and Twitter are Antifa and BLM members.
Twitter and Facebook ARE NOT Private companies they have gone PUBLIC as they are publicly traded.
Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador, is also mounting an International Campaign Taking On Tech Companies After Trump Bans.
All this “Conservative” sites should disconnect from Twitter and facebook use something else why anyone is sharing to FB or Twitter they are banning every conservative.

Twitter down 15% from $52 to $45, from last week to today, make sure everyone keeps telling everyone else to help this is the war we are fighting..
This is the next path forward, first Blocksite twitter and facebook from your internet provider, the state of Idaho internet provider blocked them both, in North Dakota banned users can sue Twitter and Facebook.
Use Ramble, GaB instead.
Tech bubble is imminent, close twitter, FB, Instagram accounts, dump their stock if own any from your IRA, 401K check your mutual funds that have Twitter or FB included, Twitter down again, dump before they go to zero, stop buying from Amazon, NO more made in the CCP purchases, buy direct from the mom’s and pop’s stores near you, made in America only, don’t wait DO IT TODAY.

Oirish1953
Oirish1953
3 months ago
Reply to  Marina

I agree with Marina, dump Fakebook, Twit, Google, and Amazon. When you purchase something online go direct to seller and cut out middle man Amazon and try to only purchase made in USA products if possible. I discontinued Amazon Prime and now buy direct and only US made whenever possible.

gene smith
gene smith
3 months ago

And still, no matter the numbers of folks that witnessed the Antifa and others doing
damage and creating havoc….the media and many others insist on blaming our president. The sequence of events and other criteria nevertheless. This is sick and disgusting. Much the same vein as” They showed no evidence of fraud.”

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
3 months ago
Reply to  gene smith

Your right but you didn’t say the the media never blamed Palosi for the all year riots all over the U.S. which she is toblame

XXX@RESPECT.COM
XXX@RESPECT.COM
3 months ago

YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO BLOCK STORIES FROM BEING READ

Lisa
Lisa
3 months ago

Of course this was done by liberals and the groups they support. Pelosi and her band of side show idiots are the ones that need to go. Watching all these cowardly republicans turning on him makes me sick just like with the election fraud, they also need to go.

Oirish1953
Oirish1953
3 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

The 80+ million voters who voted for Trump must start their own Constitutional Party and dump the Republican Party and its RINO leadership.

Fred Hayduk
Fred Hayduk
3 months ago

No big surprise. The left is out to destroy America

Ansa Treanor
Ansa Treanor
3 months ago

We need to know all the instigators on the Capital not with our Republicans, I know there are many but of course they will not release their backgrounds and want to blame us!! This John Earle Sullivan was shouting violence directions to his group!!


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