A Capitol rioter says he's 'sincerely sorry' to Americans who 'absolutely hate my guts'
Added 01-24-22 03:14:01pm EST - “A pro-Trump social media influencer apologized to Americans who "absolutely hate my guts" at his sentencing for taking part in the January 6 attack.” - Businessinsider.com
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Brandon Straka built a wide following on social media as a pro-Trump influencer, with a style of speaking "from the heart and off the cuff," he said Monday.
But as he faced sentencing on a disorderly conduct charge stemming from the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, he came to court with prepared remarks — and a broad apology before being sentenced to three years of probation and three months of home confinement.
"I am sincerely sorry to all of the people of America, even the ones who absolutely hate my guts and hated me long before January 6. I'm sorry that I was present in any way at an event that led anybody to feel afraid, that brought shame and embarrassment on our country, and that served absolutely no purpose other than to further tear away at the already heartbreaking divide in this country," Straka said.
"I'm deeply sorry and ashamed for being present at an event that sent members of Congress running in fear," he added. "I can sincerely say I would never intend for such a thing to happen, but nonetheless it did."
A former New York City hairstylist, Straka gained some measure of prominence in MAGA circles after founding the "Walk Away" movement, which seeks to lure liberals from the Democratic Party. The day before January 6, he spoke at a pro-Trump rally in Washington, DC.
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