On January 20, Brandon Straka, founder of the so-called #WalkAway movement, was charged with three felonies related to the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol. In the days after the insurrection, Straka had appeared for interviews on three major conservative cable news channels, Fox, Newsmax, and One America News.
The criminal complaint against Straka lays out evidence of his alleged crimes from his social media posts as well as a video posted to YouTube showing him attempting to enter the Capitol. In addition to showing that Straka got within feet of the Capitol, the video also shows Straka telling the crowd to take a police officer’s protective shield away from him. The complaint states, “As several people in the crowd grabbed the officer’s shield, Straka yelled, ‘Take it! Take it!’ The crowd successfully pulled the shield away from the officer.”
Straka started the #WalkAway movement in 2018, encouraging voters to “walk away” from the Democratic Party. Since then, he has been a frequent guest on Fox News and other conservative media outlets. His media career has included high-profile stunts, such as in June 2020 when he refused to wear a protective face mask on a flight during the coronavirus pandemic and was banned from American Airlines.
Two days after his alleged criminal activity on January 6, Straka was on Laura Ingraham’s prime-time Fox News show, discussing the removal of his Facebook page and the larger so-called censorship of conservative speech.
So days after he personally stormed the Capitol, Straka appeared on Fox to talk about “free speech” with a host who had blamed anti-fascists for the violence.
It doesn't stop at implicit hypocrisy. On January 8 and 11, Straka appeared on One America News. During the interview on January 8, Straka stated that he did not “witness” anyone being violent at the Capitol, which is the opposite of what the complaint and the video that was allegedly filmed by Straka shows -- him calling on the crowd to take a police officer’s shield.
He also briefly discussed deleting a video from his Twitter account, saying that he removed it because he had said that he didn't see antifa at the Capitol and only when he returned home did he see right-wing claims that antifa were involved.
On January 12, Straka was on Greg Kelly’s prime-time Newsmax show.