What the hell is going on in this country that people aren’t even talking about this?:
Taylor Taranto, 37, who prosecutors say participated in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol, kept two firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside a van he had driven cross-country and had been living in, according to a Justice Department motion that seeks to keep him behind bars.
On the day of his June 29 arrest, prosecutors said, Taranto reposted a Truth Social post from Trump containing what Trump claimed was Obama’s home address. In a post on Telegram, Taranto wrote: “We got these losers surrounded! See you in hell, Podesta’s and Obama’s.” That’s a reference to John Podesta, the former chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Democratic presidential campaign.
Taranto also told followers on his YouTube live stream that he was looking to get a “good angle on a shot,” prosecutors said.
But wait, there’s more:
Since then, prosecutors say, Taranto has been active online, posting a Facebook video of himself in the Capitol that day and endorsing a conspiracy theory that the death of Ashli Babbitt — who was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer as she began to climb through the broken part of a door leading into the Speaker’s Lobby — was a hoax.
The FBI had been monitoring Taranto’s online activities because of his involvement in the riot, and began searching for him last Wednesday after he asserted on his YouTube livestream that he was in Gaithersburg, Maryland on a “one-way mission” and intended to blow up the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
WTF? Oh, don’t worry there’s more. See, when a judge issued the arrest warrant for Taranto’s involvement in the 1/6 insurrection, it was served to him WHILE HE WAS TARGETING THE OBAMA RESIDENCE.
Oh yes, there’s even more:
Prosecutors added that along with the alarming videos against the NIST and Obamas, Taranto also documented himself and a group entering a Maryland elementary school and using a projector in the gymnasium to play a film related to Jan. 6.
“He stated that he specifically chose the elementary school due to its proximity to Congressman [Jamie] Raskin’s home and that he is targeting Raskin because ‘he’s one of the guys that hates January 6 people, or more like Trump supporters, and it’s kind of like sending a shockwave through him because I did nothing wrong,’” the court filing states.
Would you like a glimpse of how his fellow extremists feel about him? Okay:
Prosecutors said he had been a constant presence at the DC jail where several Jan. 6 defendants are being held, protesting on their behalf.
He was effectively banned from the “Freedom Corner” last month due to his “offensive conduct toward other protestors,” according to the filing.
Even the shitty insurrectionists want nothing to do with him. Fair enough.
Taranto is a prime example of the stochastic terrorism that the country is going to have to deal with in the upcoming years. TFG cooled the enthusiasm for mass uprisings when the let all of the insurrection’s foot soldiers, and also a bunch of its organizers and leaders, fend for themselves vis-à-vis the DOJ.
The fun part is that at the moment Taranto’s only been charged with misdemeanors, so he could be free to roam DC once he’s arraigned. The DOJ has asked that he be detained, but the federal magistrate overseeing the case said it’s unlikely he can make that ruling absent felony charges or proof he’s a flight risk, which seems not great (although prosecutors are now allegedly saying that they are bringing additional charges).
I couldn’t find any reactions from Republican leadership decrying either the planned killings or the incitement by TFG. News outlets seem more interested in the fake story that Hunter Biden left cocaine at the White House than in this violent extremist who was catalyzed by the unfit, immoral, and craven sack of shit that they fawned over for 5 years. It’s just a bit “meh” to them.
I couldn’t help but think of this song, considering who motivated Taranto: