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Lawyer Says Capitol Defendant Had 'Foxmania' From Watching Too Much Fox News

Added 05-07-21 02:54:03am EST - “For roughly six months after he was laid off, Anthony Antonio was in a home where Fox News played constantly, his attorney told a court.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Lawyer Says Capitol Defendant Had 'Foxmania' From Watching Too Much Fox News”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Capitol defendant who bought into former President Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen election came down with “Foxitus” and “Foxmania” after watching too much Fox News, his attorney told a court on Thursday.

Anthony Antonio’s attorney told a D.C. magistrate judge that after Antonio was laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic last year, he spent all his time living in a home with four other individuals who watched a lot of Fox News.

“For the next approximate six months, Fox television played constantly,” lawyer Joseph Hurley said. “He became hooked with what I call ‘Foxitus’ or ‘Foxmania’ and became interested in the political aspect and started believing what was being fed to him.”

Another Capitol defendant on the Zoom hearing, Landon Copeland, soon interrupted Hurley and objected to him disparaging the former president. (Copeland continued interrupting the proceeding over the next several hours, and the judge eventually ordered a competency hearing).

Hurley, whom the Wilmington, Delaware-based News Journal described as an attorney “known for his bravado and courtroom theatrics,” said that Antonio believed he was following Trump’s orders to march on Washington and that he was taking part in what he saw as a patriotic movement to serve the United States.

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