Anthime Gionet, the new Tampa Bay resident and white nationalist internet celebrity known as “Baked Alaska”, should spend 60 days in jail for his role in the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol, a federal judge in Washington. , DC, ruled Tuesday.
US District Judge Trevor McFadden also ordered Gionet to serve two years of probation after his release. Prosecutors had asked for 75 days in jail.
While his conduct was far from the worst seen that day, Gionet’s status as a social media star made him a prominent face of the mob that stormed the capitol, delaying the certification of the results of the presidential election of 2020 and threatening the peaceful transition of power.
A supporter of former President Donald Trump, Gionet celebrated publicly when his case was reassigned to Judge McFadden in March. In a Twitter post, he called it “a literal miracle,” later explaining in live video his belief that McFadden is a “pro-Trump judge.”
McFadden was appointed to the position in 2017 by the former president. But the judge found no place to excuse what Gionet did on January 6.
“You did everything you could to publicize your misconduct,” he told Gionet. “You were there rooting for and fully participating in what was going on.”
Gionet pleaded guilty in July to a single federal charge of parade, demonstration or picketing a capitol building.
He entered the Capitol twice that day, staying inside for more than an hour. She recorded a lengthy live video of the chaos as rioters stormed the offices and clashed with police officers.
A portion of the video showed Gionet inside a senator’s office using a phone to pretend to call the Senate.
“Hello, United States Senate,” he said. “We have a fraudulent election that I would like to report. We need our boy, Donald J. Trump, to take office.”
He was also recorded proclaiming: “occupy the Capitol, let’s go, we are not leaving this bitch”, “the patriots are in control”, and chanting “whose house? Our house.”
Other moments captured Gionet encouraging rioters to move through a broken window and yelling at Capitol police.
“You’re a fucking oathbreaker, you piece of s**t,” he told an officer.
With his trademark Pit Viper shades, dark beard and shock of bleached hair, he broadcasts live nightly on the Internet, expressing white nationalist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic sentiments while playing video games.
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With a sizable following, Gionet is credited with helping to radicalize his audience, professing extremist views in a goofy and entertaining format.
Prosecutors described him in a sentencing memorandum as a “33-year-old professional troll engaged in increasingly provocative and criminal behavior.”
A year ago, Gionet was sentenced to 30 days in prison in Arizona after being convicted of pepper-spraying a bouncer who told him to leave a bar while on live broadcast.
In another incident, he was convicted of criminal damages and fined $300 for tearing down a Hanukkah display at the Arizona state capitol and declaring “No more Hanukkah, just Merry Christmas.”
Gionet moved to the Tampa Bay area after the riot at the Capitol. His reasons for doing so are unclear, but his arrival coincided with what experts see as a rise in political extremism in the state. Records indicate that he has lived in Pinellas and Hernando counties.
He continued with his nightly shows live from the Sunshine State.
Times staff writer Tracey McManus contributed to this report, which also used information from the Associated Press.