Former New York State government worker Brendan Hunt will remain behind bars as he awaits trial for supposedly threatening to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and a Number of Other Democratic politicians on the afternoon of the U.S. Capitol insurrection, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Hunt pleaded not guilty throughout the exact same 30-minute hearing.
“I’m not prepared to release Mr. Hunt on personal recognizance bond,” U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen explained.
Locating that Hunt”presents a danger that can’t be addressed” without a bond, Chen added:”It’s a threats instance. These are threats that were produced by electronic media.”
Prosecutors itemized those alleged dangers at length in an eight-page criminal complaint on Jan. 18.
“Trump, we want actual revenge on democrats,” Hunt, who called himself X-Ray Ultra, allegedly posted on his Facebook accounts”HuntBrendan.” “Meaning, we want you to hold a public implementation of pelosi aoc schumer etc.. And if you dont do it, the citizenry will. Start up the firing squads, mow down these commies, and lets take america back!”
Coupled with conspiracy theories and white supremacist themes, Hunt’s blog posts and societal websites feeds were rife with coronavirus misinformation and antisemitic hatred.
“Fuck that the lockdown po-lice!” Hunt allegedly wrote. “Yeah booiii run those pigs over! Anyone enforcing this lockdown mask vaccine bullshit deserves nothing less than a bullet in their fucking head! Adding cops! They really have to be put down. All these commies will see death before they see us concede! USA!!”
On Jan. 8, two days after the U.S. Capitol siege,” Hunt supposedly posted an 88-second movie on BitChute–a website popular with far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists–branded”KILL YOUR SENATORS” that contained the overview”Slaughter them all.”
“We will need to go back to the U.S. Capitol when all the Senators and a lot of the Agents are back , and this time we have to appear with our guns. And we need to slaughter these motherfuckers… [O]ur government at this point is essentially a handful of traitors… so what you have to do is take arms up, reach D.C., likely the inauguration… so-called inauguration of the motherfucking communist Joe Biden… [T]hat’s probably the ideal time to do this, get your guns, show up to D.C., and literally just spray these motherfuckers… enjoy, that’s the only alternative… [T]hey’re gonna come after us, they’re gonna kill us, so we must kill them … [S]o get your firearms, show up to D.C., put some bullets in their fucking heads. If anybody has a gun, give me it, I’ll go there myself and shoot them and kill them… [W]e must take out these Senators and then replace them with real patriots… [T]his is a ZOG government… [T]hat’s basically all I must say, but take up arms against them.”
“ZOG” is short for its white supremacist conspiracy concept of a”Zionist Occupied Government,” and”88″–the length of the movie –is neo-Nazi code for”Heil Hitler,” following the eighth letter of the alphabet.
These are among the several antisemitic conspiracy theories linked to Hunt’s social media accounts, including a post regarding the”Goy Guide to Kabbalah” on Reddit and 9/11 misinformation about YouTube.
The next hearing in the case was scheduled for March 15 at 10:30 p.m.