Storming the Capitol: Celebrities in Congress

“Bison Man” Jake Angeli became the most famous face of the rioting in the Capitol – his outfit guaranteed that. When the 32-year-old casual actor from Arizona stormed the seat of Congress in Washington with hundreds of Trump supporters last week, he wore a horned fur hat, an American flag and tons of tattoos on his bare chest. The costume that Angeli has put on in the past at demonstrations with other conspiracy theorists from groups like Qanon also helped the American judicial authorities to identify and arrest the “Bison Man”. He is now waiting for the trial in a prison in Phoenix.

Meanwhile, the search for Angeli’s accomplices continues – and in the past few days it has also linked more or less prominent names to the riots. A selfie on social media shows Jason Allen Alexander, former husband of pop singer Britney Spears, now a self-proclaimed “conspiracy researcher”. Whether Alexander only took part in rallies in Washington on January 6 or later stormed the Capitol remained open for the time being.

In the photos of the riots, fans believed they recognized the Californian musician Ariel Pink (“Tears On Fire”). The Mexican Summer label then ended their collaboration with the indie singer. Pink’s fellow musician, John Maus, who has a doctorate in political science, who came to Washington with him, is said to have participated in “protests”. Pictures from the AFP news agency also showed how Jon Schaffer, founder and guitarist of the heavy metal group Iced Earth, made his way past police officers into the Capitol. “We want to make it clear that we do not approve of the riots and acts of violence,” said the other members of the band afterwards.

Five people, including a police officer and an unarmed Trump supporter, were fatally injured in the riots. The American swimmer Klete Keller may also face criminal proceedings. As the website Swim Swam reported, several acquaintances are said to have recognized the Olympic champion in photos – in the rooms of the Capitol, wearing a jacket from the American Olympic team.

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