Brazen and entitled

Can that nice man who defiled Pelosi’s office go home if he promises to be good? No.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the detention of an Arkansas man photographed with his feet on the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Jan. 6 rioting at the U.S. Capitol, describing his behavior as “brazen” and “entitled” after excoriating his defense lawyer over “frivolous” claims of prosecutorial misconduct.

In ordering the detention of Richard Barnett, Chief Judge Beryl Howell said the charges he faces, including unlawfully entering the Capitol grounds with a weapon, are “in some ways, too benign sounding to fairly describe what happened.” The judge went on to describe the deadly events that took place at the Capitol during the congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s election win, which took place down the street from the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., within sight of her chambers.

I walked past there last time I was in DC, after a quick look at the Capitol. They are indeed not far apart.

“We’re still living here in Washington, D.C., with the consequences of the violence” that Barnett and others committed, Howell said, describing how she could see members of the National Guard patrolling outside her window.

She added that Barnett’s prior conduct, including reports of him pointing a rifle at a car with a Black Lives Matter sticker and him carrying a weapon at a “Save the Children” rally—an event rooted in the QAnon conspiracy theory—were part of a behavior of troubling conduct.

He’s shown us who he is. Believe him.

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