Richard Barnett Gravette, Arkansas man identified as Trump anti fraud supporter who stormed Capitol D.C building and photographing sitting at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk and then taking her mail.
Update: Richard Barnett the Arizona Trump supporter caught on film lounging in Pelosi’s chair in her private congressional office has been arrested. The man’s arrest follows Barnett turning himself into the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Little Rock, Ark., Friday morning.
Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, 60, was confirmed by social media and media outlet, NWA who previously featured the supporter back in November during a Stop the Steal rally in Bentonville. He supports President Trump’s claims of voter fraud and believes that cost him this election.
Shortly after the photo was circulated, Christine Pelosi, a Democratic strategist and Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, posted a tweet, stating this was, in fact, not her mother’s desk.
Another journalist in Washington, D.C. snapped a photo of Richard outside the Capitol, claiming to have taken a letter from Pelosi’s desk.
A New York Times reporter spoke to Barnett outside the Capitol. In a profanity-laced statement, he told the Times reporter he left Pelosi a note on her desk, along with a quarter, ‘even though she ain’t ******* worth it.’
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Following’s Barnett’s arrest, the MAGA supporter was charged with federal counts including violent entry, theft of public property, disorderly conduct and entering and remaining on restricted grounds, CNN reported Friday.
He claimed that he was politely knocking on the door of Pelosi’s office when he was pushed in by other protesters. It was a story he knew no one would buy – “I’ll probably be telling them this is what happened all the way to the D.C. jail,” he said.
— Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) January 6, 2021
If people like this — people who looted the office of the Speaker of the House as part of an effort to obstruct the business of democracy — are not prosecuted and sent to jail for *years* we need to ask ourselves how much we care about this particular Republic. https://t.co/DdB2P447r7
— Andrew Exum (@ExumAM) January 7, 2021