Written by Michael Levenson
A person who had an assault rifle was charged with threatening Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, after he traveled to Washington for the pro-Trump rally Wednesday and despatched a textual content message saying he would put “a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” the federal authorities mentioned.
Federal brokers mentioned the person, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., had been staying at a Holiday Inn in Washington and had weapons in his camper-style trailer, together with a Glock handgun, a pistol, a Tavor X95 assault rifle and a whole bunch of rounds of ammunition.
Meredith was charged with transmitting a menace in interstate commerce, possession of an unregistered firearm and illegal possession of ammunition, in line with courtroom data.
The Department of Justice mentioned Friday that he was one in every of 13 individuals who had been charged in federal courtroom after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on Wednesday and disrupted Congress because it was certifying the outcomes of the presidential election.
Those charged included conspiracy theorists, Proud Boys, elected officers and on a regular basis Americans.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Meredith had erected a billboard in 2018 in Acworth, Georgia, that learn, “#QANON” together with the identify of his enterprise, Car Nutz Car Wash.
The QAnon conspiracy idea, which the FBI has labeled a possible home terrorism menace, accuses Democrats and a few Republicans of being beholden to a cabal of bureaucrats, pedophiles and Satanists. Many followers imagine that President Donald Trump is secretly battling a felony band of intercourse traffickers.
Meredith instructed The Journal-Constitution in 2018 that he had put up the QAnon billboard as a result of he was “a patriot among the millions who love this country.”
Meredith, whose present hometown was unavailable, instructed federal brokers that he had been touring from Colorado and had arrived too late for Wednesday’s rally in Washington.
“I’m trying but currently stuck in Cambridge, OH with trailer lights being fixed,” he wrote in a single textual content message, in line with the FBI.
In one other textual content message, accompanied by a purple satan emoji, he mentioned he had “a ton of 5.56 armor piercing ammo.” In different textual content messages, he referred to Pelosi with misogynistic slurs and threatened to run her over, the FBI mentioned.
“I predict that within 12 days, many in our country will die,” Meredith wrote, in line with the FBI.