Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Capitol rioter charged with threatening to ‘assassinate’ congresswoman

The Texas man also allegedly threatened a US Capitol police officer

Josh Marcus
San Francisco
Saturday 23 January 2021 20:13
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The Justice Department has charged a Texas man who allegedly participated in the 6 January mob at the US Capitol with threatening to assassinate congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Garret Miller of Texas is charged with five offenses including trespassing and making death threats towards the New York representative and a US Capitol Police officer. 

According to court documents, Mr Miller tweeted “assassinate AOC,” and that a Capitol officer who fatally shot a Trump supporter during the attack "deserves to die" and won't "survive long" because it's “huntin[g] season.”

The man posted extensively before and during the Capitol attack, according to prosecutors, writing on his now-banned social media accounts that a “civil war could start” and “next time we bring the guns.”

Mr Miller, from Dallas, was arrested on 20 January, after the FBI got a tip that the @garretamiller Twitter posted a video from inside the Capitol. 

In response to someone asking him, “were you in the building?” on Facebook, the Texas man also posted, “Yah…we charged…Decided before the trump speech…I charged the back gates myself with an anti masker.” 

He also posted on Facebook that he was driving across “across the country for this Trump sh**," as well as photos from inside the Capitol Rotunda. 

After the attack, which left five people dead in an attempt to overturn Congress’s certification of the presidential election, Mr Miller argued on social media “it was not a coup” and people were “unarmed.” 

Other photos from Mr Miller’s social media filed in court reveal him on 6 January standing on a grassy area wearing a Trump beanie, posing with other Trump supporters in MAGA hats inside the Capitol building, and holding twinned American and Trump flags. 

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