Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four other members of the Proud Boys are being charged with seditious conspiracy in a Jan. 6 trial that now goes to the jury for deliberations this week.
How he feels about Trump, what his plans are for the future, what it was like in prison, what he would like the American people to do for him, and who he wants to be President next are all topics he talked about – and he added so much more as well.
“We believe that the jury will be fair as they start their deliberations,” Tarrio said, speaking to a group of journalists on Twitter in a space that was hosted by Gateway Pundit, “I said fair for a reason.”
“I want a fair verdict,, and if anyone wants to do anything for us, please pray and send words of encouragement.,” he said because, from the sounds of it, this trial has taken a lot from the men while they remain strong and determined to support each other.
“We are all are focused on just getting home,” Tarrio said Tuesday night: ” I have had no sunlight on my skin for 13 months while being detained. That has been hard for me.”
Many people refer to the group as ‘political prisoners’, which is a shocking thing to consider in the United States of America. Or at least it was before Jan. 6th, 2021.
Tarrio wanted people to understand that what he has seen through this ordeal is that the justice system is broken and he can see how it is being weaponized.
“This isn’t the justice system we grew up learning about,” Tarrio told the reporters.
Tarrio started his conversation by describing his day in prison, where he had one hour for hygiene, taking a shower, making phone calls, and cooking, saying he is locked up 23 hours a day and has been for 13 months.
He said it was strange that the halls are cleared when he is moved and that the reasoning they were given for keeping the Proud Boys out of the general population is “because of who we are. They told us that it is for our own protection,” he said, then adding, that it is ” really under the guise of keeping us away from other communities and to break our spirit.”
“I am on a higher security level than the Lockerby bomber, who has been in the general population since December. I have never assaulted anyone, but I am on supermax lockdown,” he said.
But Tarrio said that he and the others have remained relatively strong about their faith in God and in the American people. One of the things they do together is to pray in Psalm 91 over and over, and they plan to do that until the verdict comes in.
“I guess I would ask faithful people to read that with us. I would really enjoy that,” he said.
Psalm 91 :: NIV. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
Here is some of what the media is saying about the trial that is now in the hands of the jury, of course choosing to focus on an idea that the Proud Boys turned on President Trump:
“After three months and over a dozen witnesses, the jury will now be tasked with deciding the verdict in one of the more important cases to come out of the Jan. 6 insurrection,” the Daily Mail reported, adding:
“Tarrio and the other Proud Boys are suspected of plotting a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol in what the prosecution views as a desperate attempt to keep Donald Trump in the White House in the wake of the 2020 election.”
But the word insurrection was never used in court, according to independent media reports, with independent journalists who have read the transcripts and attended the trial in person.
Continuing to use the word “insurection” is part of what feels like a setup in the media and from the people who want to ‘get Trump’, which is what most people agree about – when determining the purpose for this Proud Boy trial- in the first place.
The persecution of the Proud Boys doesn’t make a lot of sense otherwise. It seems silly. But they face long prison sentences, along with other defendants, mostly for venting their frustrations about the 2020 election.
A leading concern for Tarrio and others is the chat messages where the Proud Boys were spied on. The jury was made privy to hundreds of messages exchanged by Proud Boys leading up to Jan. 6. Those chats include active participation by members of the FBI, according to court testimony.
Tarrio repeated numerous times that he feels he and the others are being judged not on their actions- because they didn’t do anything wrong- but that he and the others are being judged by what they wrote or said.
Tarrio told his story from a jail cell, which had quite a muffle, and he was on prison cell timer having to hang up and call back numerous times.
He was very calm and even very positive, relating his thoughts to a group of people that fluctuated from 700-1000 people at a time.
Tarrio did get a bit animated with emotions when describing what seemed unjust- that they are in the court not because of the actions of what they took on Jan. 6th, because he was not at the Capitol that day, and saying that the trial was really because of the words they have spoken or written in chat.
“We are standing on principle, and we are going to stand together,” Tarrio reminded the journalists. “We didn’t do anything wrong. A just and fair verdict would be not guilty on all counts.
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Tarrio talked about the use of FBI agents using Confidential Human Resources (CHS), saying that in the trial, it was revealed there were at least 8 CHS, who were in the Proud Boy’s communication channel from Nov 2020 to Jan. 2021.
In a way, that must have felt like a setup. But Tarrio didn’t imply that. He did speak a little bit to others to help them understand, however.
“Generally, the FBI has investigative purposes to use CHS, and people should understand that the FBI investigates all groups and use human resources in multiple cases. CHS is so common that it is almost a guarantee that there are CHS in every group,” Tarrio said.
That is a part of the weaponization of the government to which Tarrio spoke.
“I applaud the weaponization of government committee with Jim Jordan – I would suggest that he talks to the j6 defendants, and I think the DOJ has been weaponized in the J6 cases. If you walked into the building, perhaps that is trespass; if you broke something, fine.. they should have charges, but they are overcharging and they want to give off the J6 decades of time, which is over-sentencing. Jordan should talk to the victims, from President Trump to Tucker Carlson and Alex Jones. This is so 1934-ish to me,” he said.
Tarrio was asked about the ‘1776 Returns’ document, which was reported by numerous outlets as covert government documents, which was used by a CHS and given to Tarrio and described in court as laying out a government takeover.
“I can only say that I have never opened or saw the document. I do not know where it was from,” Tarrio said.
He did reply that he didn’t have a lot of regrets about standing up for what he believed was right at the time, on that fateful day on January 6th, 2021.
“We are solid and united; if I could do it all over and prove a point, I would. We did nothing wrong, and we are strong here, but I miss being outside, and I miss spending time with my family, who spends all this time to be here with me. My Mother is beautiful, and they fly here to be with me, ” he said
“I am happy with my attorney; he has done an excellent job for me. I hope this jury renders a fair verdict, and that would be not guilty on all accounts, but they can weaponize all of this to manipulate the 2024 election, and I wish the country were moving in a different direction,” he said.
An NBC reporter asked about the strategy to blame President Trump; Tarrio said he couldn’t answer until the trial was over, but said-” take from what my attorney said, for what it is”, and when asked what surprised him the most, he said:
“What surprises me the most is how the system works, and most Americans do not know how the court functions. I didn’t either, and can only say it isn’t like Law and Order.”
“My priorities have changed a little from God, Family, and Country to God, Family, and Tribe because it isn’t about protecting the land, but we are feeling strongly about the people who believe as we do about our Tribe about what we stand for.”
And answering what he thinks he will be doing in the future; that answer may be surprising to some who think he has betrayed Trump:
“I don’t think I will be in the political realm when I get out; I don’t think it is for me anymore. But I do hope President Trump is the next President and when he is I would like to work in that administration for the Office of the Inspector General, which is the oversight for the DOJ.”
And wouldn’t that be ironic?
We will cover details of the Jury’s verdict when we hear it. This story is developing..
Here is the Twitter Space- it is wild in some places.