By Washington Journal. A Florida man and reportedly self-described “hardcore leftist” was arrested Friday after he called for violent protests Sunday at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee.
Daniel Baker of Tallahassee, who prosecutors said was once a member in a group registered by the federal government as a terrorist organization, was seeking to organize an attack on any protesters who might show up at the Florida Capitol on Sunday.
Baker is charged with “transmission in interstate commerce [of] a communication containing a threat to kidnap any person or threat to injure the person of another,” according to a criminal complaint. (Read more from “‘Hardcore Leftist’ Charged With Plotting Violence at State Capitol May Have Ties To Terror Group” HERE)
FBI Arrests Self-Proclaimed ‘Hardcore Leftist’ Who Allegedly Threatened Violence at State Capitol
By Washington Examiner. Federal law enforcement officials arrested a self-proclaimed “hardcore leftist” who had reportedly made a series of calls for violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. . .
He had purportedly issued calls for people to confront any protesters who would gather at the state capitol on Sunday with violence, specifically mentioning firearms.
Baker, who apparently had a history of expressing his belief in violent tactics, had reputedly ramped up his rhetoric on social media in recent weeks. The former U.S. Army Airborne infantryman promoted his plan to disrupt protests violently before Biden gets sworn into office, according to the Justice Department.
A lengthy criminal affidavit written by an FBI special agent detailed some of the threats allegedly made by Baker in the wake of the Capitol siege that left five dead, including a Capitol police officer, and had led to dozens of arrests, with Baker expressing anger toward the police as well as toward Trump supporters.
A Facebook event page created by Baker on Tuesday titled “Defend Tallahassee” laid out an apparent plan by Baker to try to confront, encircle, and trap any pro-Trump activists who showed up to protest at the Florida Capitol on Sunday. (Read more from “FBI Arrests Self-Proclaimed ‘Hardcore Leftist’ Who Allegedly Threatened Violence at State Capitol” HERE)