The QAnon insurrectionist who filmed himself begging to be shot and inciting rioters to storm the Capitol told the FBI he was only there as a ‘journalist’

Andrew Jackson Morgan

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Wearing his trademark Harley Davidson beanie and an unauthorized ‘PRESS ACCESS’ lanyard around his neck, Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. captured one of America’s darkest days on camera.

Unlike legitimate reporters who kept a safe distance from the rioters, the 60-year-old YouTuber was in the midst of the chaos of January 6.

As the pro-Trump mob around him attacked police officers with stolen batons and riot shields, Morgan recorded himself and others whooping and cheering as the storming of the Capitol took place.

Watch Morgan’s participation in the Capitol insurrection in a video obtained by Insider.

“Forward, march,” he yelled several times in a since-deleted video from his “Political Trance Tribune” YouTube page.

“Go through the windows,” Morgan urged the mass of insurrectionists.

Now, the man who claimed to be there as an “independent journalist” is charged with four counts for his role in the Capitol riots, including aiding and abetting the deadly insurrection.

Read more: A Trump-appointed prosecutor blindsided the Biden DOJ with a ’60 Minutes’ interview on the Capitol riot cases. Now a federal judge wants to talk about it.

Morgan’s work as a ‘civil rights auditor’

Morgan traveled from Texas to attend the Capitol riot. His main source of income is tree removal which, according to his business’s website, he got into after struggling to keep a full-time job because of a “sleep disorder.”

He only became an arborist to bankroll the launch of his internet marketing career, he wrote on the website. This, so far, has been unsuccessful. Two businesses he set up now appear to be defunct.

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In recent years, he has been dedicated to growing a YouTube following for his channel — “Political Trance Tribune” — posting ‘civil rights audits’ on it for nine years. The page has nurtured a small but reasonably engaged following; 3,600 subscribers and over 100,000 views. 

Civil rights auditing, or First Amendment auditing,  involves individuals recording government officials in action. Auditors go to post offices, city council meetings, and crime scenes to test how officials react when they get the cameras rolling.

If officials allow filming to take place on public property, they pass the audit. If they refuse, they fail the audit and they end up being exposed on YouTube channels. Auditors say they are there to exercise their First Amendment rights but, as the Daily Beast reported in 2019, dramatic confrontations can lead to YouTube fame.

Many of the run-ins published on Morgan’s channel involve tense, dramatic interactions with police officers.

Morgan, who is described in his affidavit as an “independent journalist and a civil rights auditor,” is often seen deliberately aggravating law enforcement officers. This aligns with his anti-cop views, as expressed in a now-deleted YouTube video seen by Insider. “I happen to think we need to abolish the police,” he said in the clip from January.

Other clips show him being threatened with prosecution for provoking officers. On one occasion, Texas’ Montgomery County Court records show that an incident …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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