On Thursday, Richard Barnett — the Capitol rioter who was photographed with his foot up on a desk in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — began “screaming” at attorneys and a federal judge during a status hearing in his case, in the description of NBC 4 reporter Scott MacFarlane. Barnett is currently in jail, and he’s slated to remain in jail until his trial, which has not yet been scheduled. On Facebook, Barnett characterized himself as a white nationalist and indicated that he was ready to die a violent death… but evidently, that trumped up resolve has faded away once Barnett was confronted with reality.
!! WHOA: US Capitol defendant Richard Barnett — man accused of putting feet on Pelosi desk – is *screaming* at attorneys and judge during his court hearing right now.
Upset he's been locked up "for a whole month"… "it's not fair"
Judge just recessed hearing for "5 mins" pic.twitter.com/ayaO4d6lb0
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) March 4, 2021
On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Christopher R. Cooper, who was handling Barnett’s case, scheduled another status conference for May 4. According to a report from an Arkansas Fox affiliate, Barnett ranted:
‘I’ve been here a long time… another month… It’s not fair. You’re letting everyone else out, I need help.’
He needs “help”? What about the people whose lives were directly threatened by the deadly rioting in which Barnett participated? To this day, National Guard troops are in D.C. in response to potential threats from frenzied right-wingers like him — and Barnett has the gall to complain about getting held in jail? He entered the office of the Speaker of the U.S. House and even stole a piece of mail like some demented personal participation trophy. Nearby, during the rioting, staffers for Pelosi’s office hid in an inner room as rioters — including Barnett! — swarmed the premises and murderously hunted top officials.
Members of Congress are investigating the circumstances surrounding the rioting at the Capitol, and during recent testimony, D.C. National Guard chief William Walker confirmed that he waited hours for approval from then-acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to deploy personnel to Capitol Hill. As POLITICO summarizes, Walker said that Defense Department officials were worried about “the visual of National Guard troops ringing the Capitol” and thought that deploying the requested personnel could incite the rioters even further, and while these officials concerned themselves with optics, members of Congress, staff members, and others hid while Trump’s murderous supporters rampaged through the Capitol.