The U.S. Capitol rioter and white supremacist folk hero known as “Baked Alaska” has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing a Hanukkah display.
The right-wing Livestreamer, whose legal name is Anthime Gionet, was charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal damage and attempted criminal damage for allegedly defacing the Hanukkah exhibit at the Arizona state Capitol on Dec. 19, 2020, which he recorded on live stream video, reported The Daily Beast. “No more ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ only ‘Merry Christmas,'” Gionet says in the video, which was also viewed by the Phoenix New Times before it was deleted.
On January 6th, Gionet, who also goes by “Tim,” streamed a live video that showed himself inside the Capitol and encouraging other protesters to stay. Investigators say Gionet also profanely called an officer an “oathbreaker” and chanted, “Whose house? Our house!”
Pennsylvania #CapitolRiot defendant/QAnon adherent Matthew Perna has decided to throw himself on the mercy of the court and plead guilty to all of the charges against him w/o a plea deal.
He's one of dozens of rioters identified in part through Baked Alaska's livestream. pic.twitter.com/9gCzwkIvk0
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) November 18, 2021
Gionet, who also took part in the 2017 “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, was arrested on January 15th and charged with illegally entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds during the January 6th insurrection. His own Livestream video from that event was cited extensively in the indictment against him. After his arrest in Houston, Gionet initially was ordered to submit to electronic location monitoring, but the court lifted that condition of his release on March 31.
January 6 riot suspect "Baked Alaska" now faces new charges for allegedly defacing a Hanukkah display. https://t.co/NsNfV79N2r
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) November 19, 2021
Gionet is expected to appear in court on December 1st for an arraignment on the defacement charges, and he’s scheduled to be sentenced in January for the assault conviction. He was found guilty earlier this month for using pepper spray against a security guard who was trying to eject him from an Arizona bar, and footage from Gionet’s Livestream of that incident was used as evidence to convict him.
Tim Gionet aka Baked Alaska also committed this antisemitic hate crime while he was on pretrial release for his Scottsdale assault charges. His release conditions "required him to obey the law." 👀 pic.twitter.com/jiPxDUAuVH
— AZ Right Wing Watch (@az_rww) November 19, 2021