According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Tim Gionet, better known as “Baked Alaska” from his massive social-media presence, was apprehended by federal agents in Houston on Friday for his alleged role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
According to the D.O.J.’s criminal complaint, Gionet has been charged with “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority” and “violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.”
Gionet, 33, who is typically described as a far-right activist, gain popularity by promoting President Donald Trump’s populist Make America Great Again movement in 2016. Before that, he was a Bernie Sanders supporter and worked at BuzzFeed creating viral videos. He also occupied a spot with Milo Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous Faggot Tour.”
A former BuzzFeed coworker shared with The New York Times that “his politics have been guided by platform metrics.”
The Daily Wire reported:
An affidavit filed in the case from FBI Special Agent Nichole Miller said Gionet unlawfully entered the Capitol following the “Save America” rally on January 6 as elected leaders were in the process of certifying the presidential election results. She said Gionet’s 27-minute-long livestream documented the mayhem from inside the building, providing evidence that he committed federal crimes. Special Agent Miller viewed the video after it had later been uploaded to YouTube.
She explained that the video shows Gionet on camera where he can be heard making comments like “America First is inevitable. Fuck Globalists,” “Occupy the Capitol,” and “We ain’t leaving this bitch.”
Miller explains how Gionet “turns the phone around to show his face and is clearly identifiable.”
“The defendant can be heard remarking ‘We are in the Capitol Building, 1776 will commence again,’” she wrote. “At approximately the 12:40 mark in the YouTube video the defendant can be heard remarking ‘Unleash the Kraken, let’s go.’ The defendant is repeatedly heard encouraging other protestors not to leave.”
Gionet can also be seen entering an office and interviewing others, and at one point “picks up a telephone and acts out a purported phone call with the United States Senate personnel,” Miller added. She also describes how Gionet “sits on a couch and places his feet on a table” while encouraging others not to break anything.
According to Miller, Gionet identified himself as a member of the “media” when law enforcement asked him to move and began cussing at officers.
“You’re a fucking oath breaker, you piece of shit,” Gionet allegedly said, adding, “you broke your oath to the constitution.”
The FBI used images from Gionet’s livestream to ask for the public’s help in identifying others involved in the Capitol breach. According to BuzzFeed, Gionet used the streaming platform DLive to broadcast the so-called rebellion. His account has since been suspended, the outlet reported. BuzzFeed notes that Gionet has been permanently banned from Twitter, YouTube, Uber, GoFundMe, Patreon, and PayPal. According to the Wall Street Journal, Gionet also had his Facebook and Instagram profiles removed.
The Daily Wire noted:
Gionet was already facing criminal charges in Arizona for allegedly pepper-spraying an employee at a Scottsdale bar after refusing to leave. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespass. On Friday, the Arizona Republic reported that a judge had “issued an arrest warrant after Gionet was a no-show for a City Court hearing on whether he had violated terms of a previous release by traveling to Washington, D.C., for what became the U.S. Capitol riot.” Gionet had reportedly posted a $3,000 bond.