The criminal complaint against Williams costs her with obstructing an official continuing, violent entry on Capitol grounds, and different counts associated to her entry into the Capitol and Pelosi’s places of work on Jan. 6. Investigators stated her ex-boyfriend confirmed them movies taken from Williams’ livestream that day showing to indicate her analyzing an HP laptop computer and taking it, however say they’re nonetheless investigating the matter. They famous the witness instructed them Williams meant to promote the laptop computer to a Russian agent, however the deal had fallen by way of. The laptop computer has not been situated.
Williams’ lawyer has adamantly denied she stole the pc, and has complained she has been vilified, and the accusations towards her are “overstated.”
The Bellingcat report, nevertheless, made clear Williams was not only a Trump fan who bought “carried away,” as her mom tried to tell an interviewer. Within the technique of figuring out her as the lady along with her face hid within the Nazi-salute video, it adopted an extended path of proof of her avid participation in far-right “accelerationist” on-line areas, together with on Parler and Telegram.
Williams additionally was a fan of white nationalist Nicholas Fuentes, the youthful chief of “America First” and the so-called “Groyper Army” who was current within the crowd outdoors the Capitol on Jan. 6. Fuentes had helped lead a “Cease the Steal” protest in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12, and Williams had taken a fan shot with him that day, posting it on Twitter: “Thanks Nick!!” she wrote, including a laughing emoji. “King of America!”
As Evans explains, Williams was significantly lively on the Telegram channel of a Texas neo-Nazi named Christopher Pohlhaus, who makes a speciality of accelerationist rhetoric below the nom de plume “The Hammer.” A lot of the gear she wore within the Nazi salute video seems to have come from his on-line retailer, together with the “cranium masks” and a ball cap adorned with a Nazi occultist “Sonnenrad” image.
After all, Williams is way from the one white supremacist to have been concerned within the rebellion. Alt-right troll Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet, arrested in January for his position within the siege, helped lead Williams and others in vandalizing Pelosi’s workplace. The ADL discovered that among the 212 people charged as of Feb. 17, 10 of them have been white nationalist “Groypers,” and one other 17 have been members of the proto-fascist Proud Boys group.
Quite a few far-right organizations, together with an array of white nationalists, have been concerned within the planning of the rebellion. There were dozens of white supremacist banners and symbols being waved by the gang that day, together with a Accomplice flag that was paraded round contained in the Capitol, in addition to numerous alt-right flags and different white nationalist symbols. One man, Robert Packer, was seen in a “Camp Auschwitz” T-shirt, a reference to the wartime Nazi dying camps.
“White supremacists and rebranded alt-right rioters have been assuredly there, however there was additionally all kinds of different insurrectionists current who share a set of unifying grievances with hardened bigots, who don’t essentially purchase into full-blown white supremacy,” Brian Levin, director of the Middle for the Examine of Hate & Extremism at California State College, San Bernardino, told the Poynter Institute.