Welcome to the finding out part, L’il Bigo.
It only took a jury two hours to unanimously convict Richard “Bigo” Barnett, the malicious MAGA mook who dared put his feet up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s desk, on all eight counts in his indictment.
A prosecutor told jurors during the trial’s opening statements that Barnett, a firefighter from Arkansas, planned the trip to Washington for weeks and came “prepared for violence.”
The charges against Barnett include civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon.
Barnett was carrying a stun gun with spikes concealed within a collapsible walking stick when he stormed the Capitol and invaded Pelosi’s office, according to prosecutors.
The MAGAt testified last Thursday that he was “looking for a bathroom inside the Capitol” (I guess not crapping on the floor elevates him just a tad above the others) when he “unwittingly” entered Speaker Pelosi’s office — the one with SPEAKER’S OFFICE written on a sign above the door — and encountered two news photographers.
Barnett claimed one of the photographers told him to “act natural,” so he leaned back in a chair and flung his legs onto the desk.
He also took a piece of the Speaker’s mail and left behind a note that said, “Nancy, Bigo was here, b*tch.”
The jury convicted Bigo on a theft charge for taking the envelope from Speaker Pelosi’s office.
After police ordered him and others to leave the Speaker’s office, Barnett realized he had left his American flag behind.
Body camera video captured Barnett shouting at a police officer in the Rotunda for help in retrieving the flag.
Barnett testified he “regrets” coming to Washington for the “Stop the Steal” rally where Donald Trump whipped up the MAGA masses and sent them to kill everyone in Congress.
“Two years of lost life. Misery for my family,” Barnett said on the stand.
But it’s all for show. While on house arrest last year, Barnett raised money by charging donors $100 for photos of him with his feet on a desk.
What a miserable grifting piece of crap. I wonder who he learned that from.
Barnett will be sentenced on May 3rd and will remain free on certain conditions until his sentencing because he’s white.
Here is Bigo on J6 giving his story of why he went into Pelosi’s office. Convicted today on all counts. pic.twitter.com/vxrdfT6ba4
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) January 23, 2023
January 6th rioter Richard "Bigo" Barnett, who was infamously photographed with his feet up on a desk in Nancy Pelosi's office, has been found guilty on all eight counts he was charged with, including obstructing an official proceeding. pic.twitter.com/x0pmUSEGpi
— The Recount (@therecount) January 23, 2023
JUST IN: Richard “Bigo” Barnett found guilty on all counts for his role in storming the US Capitol.
He took the stand and claimed he was just “a fucking idiot”, not a criminal.
The jury did not see a distinction. pic.twitter.com/kjHBhSvvUk
— Jack E. Smith ⚖️ (@7Veritas4) January 23, 2023
Richard "Bigo" Barnett (@BigoBarnett) was found guilty of all eight charges for his role in the January 6th insurrection.
Man, we had some great times together! Like when we smeared shit on the walls of the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/a3fFEuT4jY
— Gabe Sanchez (@iamgabesanchez) January 23, 2023
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Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.
Tara is a reported opinion columnist at Occupy Democrats. She's a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping for a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on a daily. Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks