While he hasn’t yet been charged with any crimes, Anthony Aguero – close ally of combative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) – definitely was inside the U.S. Capitol during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot. He encouraged the riotous mob by chanting “heave ho” as it attempted to break in and later was seen in the Capitol Rotunda, which was off limits to the public at the time.
Later he was among those chanting “our house” on the Capitol steps. The next day he livestreamed a commentary in which he attacked those who condemned the invasion and desecration of the Capitol.
On Tuesday, Aguero, an El Paso, Texas real estate agent and one-time Congressional candidate, showed up at the visit to the border staged by Republican House members in advance of former president Donald Trump’s visit there. The insurrection-defending conservative YouTuber livestreamed interviews with a number of cooperative representatives, including Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Ronny Jackson of Texas and North Carolina’s Madison Cawthorn.
“Hi guys, Congressman Hawthorn is behind me,” Aguero said, mispronouncing Cawthorn’s last name. “That is freaking awesome. I’ll tell you that.” He had told the members of Congress that was on site as an “independent journalist” with something called Border Network News. The lengthy livestream he posted on YouTube shows him interviewing and sometimes even translating conversations with migrants for Boebert and Reps. August Pfluger and Randy Weber of Texas. At one point he even gave Weber a lift in his truck after the congressman missed his van transportation.
Then the following night he somehow ended up in the audience directly behind twice-impeached former president Trump during his appearance on Sean Hannity’s cable news show. The political party-crasher, however, lamented the fact that he “screwed up” getting a good photo when Trump smiled at him and gave him his signature thumbs-up.
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) July 2, 2021