The chief of the far-right Proud Boys group posted a picture on-line of a pretend “Capitol Invasion” LEGO set, following Wednesday’s lethal pro-Trump riot on the U.S. Capitol.
Enrique Tarrio, chairman of the far-right group, posted the set of toy Trump-supporters occupying the Capitol constructing on the social media web site Parler.
The doctored set contains characters based mostly off of the particular rioters who stormed the constructing, together with Jake Angeli, also called the QAnon Shaman. He was extensively photographed through the raid sporting a fur hat and horns with crimson, white and blue face paint.
A spokesperson for LEGO informed Newsweek on Saturday that “the product in query, is under no circumstances affiliated with the LEGO Group and the set just isn’t a LEGO® product. As an organization devoted to encourage and develop youngsters, we’d naturally by no means make a product like this.”
In response to the picture, customers throughout social media posted enthusiastic feedback calling the set “superior” and “so humorous,” whereas additionally stating they “would love” to have one.
On Parler, which has change into a haven for far-right leaders and conspiracy theorists, one consumer commented on Tarrio’s submit: “How a lot does ‘nancy’s laptop computer’ accent value?.” The remark referred to rioters who broke into Democratic Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s workplace and stole a laptop computer used for political shows, Reuters reported.
The violent assault on the Capitol left a minimum of 5 folks useless, together with Brian Sicknick, a Capitol police officer and Iraq Conflict veteran who sustained deadly accidents whereas making an attempt to guard the constructing. One of many rioters, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by Capitol police. Three different people died from undisclosed medical emergencies.
Injury to the Capitol constructing included shattered glass, damaged home windows, stolen property, and ransacked congressional places of work.
Rioters are actually being recognized by legislation enforcement and will face extreme authorized penalties, together with imprisonment and hefty fines.
Tarrio was arrested forward of the riots for allegedly setting hearth to a Black Lives Matter flag, and carrying two high-capacity firearm magazines in D.C. earlier than the demonstrations. He may withstand three years in jail.
On Friday, Nick Ochs, chief of the Proud Boys group in Hawaii, was arrested by federal authorities after positing a photograph of himself contained in the Capitol constructing smoking a cigarette.
After Wednesday’s assault, the Proud Boys issued a press release boasting about their involvement and mentioned they’d proceed to “terrify” society.
“For a number of hours, our collective power had politicians in Washington in absolute terror. The treacherous pawns (cops) had been additionally terrified,” a message on the Proud Boys’ official Telegram channel learn.
“Issues will get troublesome quickly however do not lose coronary heart. We’re rising and our unity will terrify the evil elites working this nation,” the message added.