Bad Guys: A new study shows that nearly 1 in 5 terrorists charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection are military veterans.
NPR compiled a list of individuals facing federal or District of Columbia charges in connection with the events of Jan. 6. Of more than 140 charged so far, a review of military records, social media accounts, court documents and news reports indicate at least 27 of those charged, or nearly 20%, have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. To put that number in perspective, only about 7% of all American adults are military veterans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Hill runs down a partial list of military veterans charged in the insurrection so far:
Among those charged in the riot is Jacob Fracker, an off-duty police officer who is a corporal in the Virginia National Guard and was an infantry rifleman in the Marine Corps. His colleague, Thomas Robertson, a 47-year-old Army veteran, is also facing charges.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, who served in the Navy for two years, was photographed inside the Capitol wearing a horned, fur-covered headdress and face paint.
Larry Rendall Brock Jr., the man allegedly photographed in tactical gear and carrying zip tie restraints on the Senate floor, is a former Air Force lieutenant colonel. He has been charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Thomas Edward Caldwell, a Navy veteran and alleged leader of the Oath Keepers — a right-wing extremist group — has also been charged, as has alleged member Donovan Ray Crowl, a Marine Corps veteran. The group is known to attempt to recruit current service members and veterans.
Both Caldwell and Crowl were charged with conspiracy to obstruct the Electoral College vote, according to NPR.
As for the Oath Keepers, an American far-right anti-government militia organization largely made up of military veterans, Progressive Secular Humanist reported last month that their leader, Stewart Rhodes, promised that the terrorist militia would lead a “bloody civil war and revolution” if Trump were to leave office and Joe Biden was sworn in as president.
Bottom line: A new study shows that nearly 1-in-5 terrorists charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection are military veterans.