A new video from the January 6th Capitol riots released to the public shows how the infamous “zip tie guy” gained entry to the building and made his way into the Senate chambers. But he wasn’t alone.
Eric Munchel brought his mother, Lisa Marie Eisenhart, and together the two worked their way through the U.S. Capitol complex during the failed Jan. 6 insurrection.
Prosecutors allege Munchel and Eisenhart were unhappy with the 2020 Presidential election results, which led them to Washington, D.C. to protest. The two brought tactical gear, and Munchel carried a taser, according to court testimony. The 50-minute video released in federal court is from a cellphone attached to the front of Munchel’s vest.
Newly-released cell phone video shows the moment 'Zip-Tie Guy' Eric Munchel found those zip tie handcuffs during the Capitol riot. pic.twitter.com/kg2bSkV7rJ
— Alex Mallin (@alex_mallin) October 13, 2021
The video starts with the mother and son in the crowd outside the Capitol. It then shows them weaving their way through the crowd to an entrance. During this time, Munchel follows behind Eisenhart, who makes repeated statements about a desire to enter the Capitol. At one point, Munchel acknowledges the seriousness of entering the building by stating the situation will likely be used “against” him in the future, but he’s done “playing nice.”
NEW TRUMP INSURRECTION VIDEO — NASHVILLE “ZIP TIE GUY” ERIC MUNCHEL: “They’re gonna use this against us, but we ain’t playing nice no goddamn more… this’ll be the last time I can go in there with armor and weapons.”
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) October 13, 2021
After entering the building, the video shows Munchel and Eisenhart acquiring zip ties while inside the building. Shortly after, the two of them enter the Senate chambers. Eisenhart can be heard yelling the word “treason” multiple times while in the chambers. The video ends with the duo trying to exit the Capitol.
— MadMerlin✨ (@MadMerlin5) October 6, 2021
During their 38-minute effort to get inside the U.S. Capitol where Congress was attempting to certify Joe Biden’s election as president, Munchel and Eisenhart can be heard on the video celebrating that the riot was making national news. “This s**t is on the news,” Eisenhart tells her son. “Somebody was saying this is on the news.”
Munchel replies, “Oh, yeah, definitely.”
‘They are going to use this against us as hard as they can,” the son continues. “But we ain’t playing f***ing nice no godd**n more.”
Eisenhart agrees, “That’s right.”
As they make their way through the crowd, one person suggests: “You guys look like y’all ready to go, huh?”
Munchel answers, “F***ing ready to f*** sh*t up!”
A female protester asks the mother and son if they are members of the far-right Proud Boys.
“No, we’re not Proud Boys,” Eisenhart insists.
Munchel adds, “We’re proud Americans.”
"Zip Tie Guy" is from Nashville. @MarshaBlackburn recently posted an image with the same TN graphic as the patch he wore on his bulletproof vest.
Here's Marsha hanging out with the Freedom Party. Their first leader was Anton Reinthaller, a former Nazi functionary & SS officer. pic.twitter.com/BPRd06zEGQ
— David Sparks (@SparksMemphis) October 12, 2021
Originally from Nashville, Munchel and Eisenhart, who resides in Woodstock, were just two of 16 Georgia residents detained by federal authorities in connection with the insurrection. Mother and son had been in federal custody since March after a search of Munchel’s Georgia home revealed a sniper rifle, handcuffs, and other items seen in the video. They were originally ordered to remain in detention until their trial, but an Appeals Court judge overturned that order and allowed them to be released on bond. But last month, Munchel violated the conditions of his release, as he had been ordered not to use alcohol “excessively.” The court filing alleges he was evicted by the third-party custodian and violated his bond conditions with his “behavior leading up to the eviction.”
The previously unreported bulletin featured a picture of the guns recovered in Munchel’s home. It was obtained in a public records request by Property of the People, a nonprofit focused on government transparency. https://t.co/cJjItfAHpN pic.twitter.com/AqWNjKU7uf
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) October 13, 2021