Alan Hostetter was “nowhere in Arkansas” when he hit the record button. It was late November, just weeks after the former police chief and most recently Orange County yoga instructor called the 2020 election a “stolen.”
Hostetter, who founded a group called the American Phoenix Project in the spring of 2020 to protest government restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was on his way to D.C. for the “Million MAGA March” in support of the then-President Donald Trump. He had some ideas that he wanted to record “for a generation”.
In the dark interior of his vehicle, he went on a “little rant”. He has again debunked unfounded mass voter fraud conspiracy theories read on the Internet and heard from Trump that Law enforcement officers were worried that someone might get killed. Ballot Dump! Computer Algorithms! All this was being disclosed, he said. “The chariot is about to end,” he said, “and the people will end up in jail.”
Then it was the time of execution.
“Some people, at the highest levels, need to set an example: one execution or two or three,” the hostator told his audience. “The tyrants and the traitors need to be executed as an example so that no one draws this nonsense again.”
Hostetter, 56, and five other men from the Orange County area — Russell Taylor, 40, Eric Warner, 45, Felipe Martinez, 47, Derek Kinnison, 39, and Ronald Mele, 51 — were charged with entering into the conspiracy. “To obstruct, influence, and disrupt the proceedings of Congress at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
20 pages indictment This is the first conspiracy indictment in which many of the defendants the government says are affiliated with the Three Percentors, the right-wing group that gets its name from the (wrong) belief that just three percent of colonists stood up against the British during the American Revolution.
The indictment alleges that, along with about 30 others, the men coordinated their actions in a Telegram chat, which Taylor created and named “The California Patriots-DC Brigade”, aimed at “able-bodied individuals”. He was to lead the DC on 6 January.
“Many of us have not met before and we are all ready and ready to fight,” Taylor wrote in the description, the Fed said. “We will come together for the moment we have been called.”
In a message to the group, Taylor wrote that they wanted to “be on the front foot and be one of the first to break the door!”
The men’s indictment was dropped five months after the January 6 Capitol attack. Federal officials are closing 500 arrests in connection with the rebellion; Photos of 300 additional suspects are featured on the FBI’s Capitol Wanted page, and within the FBI’s database of hundreds of thousands of tips received from the public are an untold number of other concrete cases against Capitol suspects.
feds an estimate That nearly 2,000 people were involved in the Capitol breach. New federal charges are rolling in on an almost daily basis, and there are a lot more arrests in the works.
Hostetter and Taylor weren’t exactly a secret, and they gained media attention in the weeks following the attack. Radley Balkoko of The Washington Post Reported On Hostetter and his past in January, and a few days later, David Korn of Mother Jones Reported Hostetter’s call for the execution of Trump’s enemies at a rally in California on December 12. But the new indictment wraps up a larger contingent of California “patriots” who planned their attack on the US Capitol ahead of time.
The indictment is welcome news to some online investigators, who have been tracking Hosteter’s crew for months, even before the Capitol riot.
Katie, a California woman who was part of a small group that tracked the American Phoenix Project before the attack, began digging through footage from January 6, when a video of Taylor Simone Gould popping up in the background, Defendant Calif. of January 6.
Gold, like the latest set of California defendants, operates in pro-Trump circles with the same enthusiasm as Danielle Rodriguez, who Electric Shock DC Police Officer Mike Fanon during the Capitol attack. Rodriguez joined the Three Centuries and attended right-wing events in Huntington Beach, where the hostess gave a speech suggesting killing Trump’s enemies. Reported on Rodriguez’s identity in late February, and he was Arrested At the end of March.
Katie explained that she went down the rabbit hole and began work on January 6 to find any footage of the group members. Although the indictment does not directly cite the work of Katie’s Twitter group, it appears to build on their findings. .
What the indictment doesn’t mention is this: As Twitter users chronicled their actions, the hostator wrote them horrific, borderline-threatening tweets. “I know your name,” he wrote in a February Twitter reply to a Twitter investigator, who wrote that he “would like to chat sometimes” about how the hostator’s crew carried bags and weapons to the Capitol. .
“We’ll chat soon, trust me,” replied the hostator. “My team is going zero,” he wrote to Katie in another tweet. “Just wait until the script is flipped.”
Katie said it was important to disclose the group’s actions, even if it caused some tension.
“We did it because the public needed to know,” Katie said before joking, “I’ve always been goofy by nature, but I never thought it would.”
On the eve of the Capitol attack, Taylor spoke at the Virginia Women for Trump rally at the US Capitol as part of an American Phoenix Project panel. He called himself a “free American” and said he would “fight” and “bleed” before taking independence.
“These anti-Americans have made a fatal mistake,” Taylor said. “They have unleashed the patriots’ fury on these streets and they won’t return to our peaceful way of life without knowing that until this election is made right, our freedoms are restored, and America is protected. “
The next day, the indictment alleges, the men made good on their rhetoric. Warner entered the building through a broken window. Taylor and Hostetter join a crowd pushing through the police line, with Taylor warning officers it was their “last chance” to “get back”.
Martinez and Kinnison also made their way to the Upper West Terrace of the Capitol building while Mele shot a selfie video.
“We stormed the Capitol,” said Mele.
Taylor later bragged about his adventures in a Telegram chat. “I was pushing through traitors all day today. We ransacked the capital! Freedom in full display today!”
On Instagram, Hostetter called the attack “the bullet heard around the world” and “the 2021 edition of 1776”. He said the war lasted eight years. “We are just getting started,” he wrote.