Proud Boys explored Capitol’s weaknesses during Trump’s January 6 speech, then went for tacos

Many revelations were made during the first night of the Jan. 6 commission’s hearings, including one from documentary filmmaker Nick Quested, who stated that on the morning of the uprising, while Trump was delivering a speech, he followed members of the Proud Boys as they did scout the Capitol looking for weak spots, and then he joined them for tacos.

“We took some pictures on the east side of the Capitol and then we had lunch. We ate tacos,” Quested said during Thursday night’s hearing.

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Quested, a key witness during the testimony portion of Thursday’s hearing, gave a first-hand account of the inner workings of the Proud Boy’s planning as he followed them across the Capitol’s barriers, and the ways in which Trump pushed his hand. appeared to be leading in their efforts in the days leading up to the breach.


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A New York Times report states that Quested attended to witness a meeting with former Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio, with Stewart Rhodes, leader of the Oath Keepers militia, in a parking garage near the Capitol on January 5 to make plans. the big event the next day, in which Quested joined in for the sake of documentation.

“Why did I go to the barriers in the first place? Look, there are two kinds of people in this world. There are people who walk towards disturbances and people who walk away. I walk towards disturbances,” Quested said in a quote from De Wachter. “I didn’t know there was a confrontation going on. I felt a disturbance in the crowd and I moved towards that confrontation. And that confrontation happened to be Ryan Samsel shaking the barriers. And then the weight of the crowd overwhelmed the officers at the barrier.”

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