WATCH: Pelosi Desk Violator’s Lawyers Struggle To Defend Their Client
Richard “Bigo” Barnett, the Arkansas man who famously posed for pictures with his feet up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot on Capitol Hill, was released on bond Tuesday after being jailed since his Jan. 8 arrest. At the bond hearing his attorneys offered some creative arguments as to why Barnett’s actions weren’t so serious that he had to remain behind bars until his trial.
Joseph McBride and Steven Metcalf struggled mightily to explain them to CNN’s Briana Keilar. McBride proffered that Barnett’s “non-violent” entry into the Capitol was “involuntary.” That tracks with what the six-foot-four-inch Arkansas man told an Arkansas TV station the day after the riot. “I got shoved in,” Barnett said. “I didn’t mean to be there. Hell. I was walking around looking for a bathroom.”
Keilar asked them about an argument that she said “raised some eyebrows” in court. “You argued that your client calling the Speaker, and I’m quoting here, a ‘biatch’ in his note to her rather than a ‘bitch’ is less offensive. Do you stand by that argument today?” McBride did, indeed, stand by the argument and tried to characterize as a deliberate attempt to call attention to what he said is government prosecutors’ misrepresenting the evidence against Barnett. Keilar didn’t let it go.
“How is it that the difference between, quote, ‘biatch’ and, quote, ‘bitch’ significant at all if the person who wrote the menacing note did so after entering the Capitol illegally, allegedly, and allegedly trespassing in her personal office while allegedly being armed with a powerful Taser?” Keilar asked.
McBride and Metcalf didn’t exactly respond with Perry Mason-like arguments.
You can watch the entire interview below.