A white-nationalist Californian student filmed sitting in the Senate chair that then-Vice President Mike Pence had just fled during the Capitol riot has been charged, according to an FBI affidavit.
Christian Secor — who founded an ultra-right-wing group at UCLA — was identified by 11 tipsters who saw him on the Senate floor during the Jan. 6 uprising, according to the affidavit.
It included footage of him “sitting in the Chair of the Presiding Officer” at the head of the Senate chamber that “had been occupied by the Vice President” before lawmakers were forced to flee, the document stated.
Wearing a red MAGA hat and carrying a large blue “America First” flag, the 22-year-old student was also filmed “breaking through a police line” and pushing open a door to allow “dozens of additional rioters” to flood inside, the affidavit said.
“The Capitol Police officers were shoved by the crowd, at times trapped between the doors and the crowd, and eventually pushed out of the way of the oncoming mob,” the document stated.
Tipsters described him as a “fascist” known for his “extreme ideology,” saying he “openly posted calls for America to become a whites-only nation,” the document stated.
He was also known by the alias “Scuffed Elliott Rodger,” which “is believed to be a reference to the 2014 Isla Vista Mass Murderer” and sexually frustrated “incel” who killed six in 2014, the FBI said.
One tipster told agents that Secor had moved back home with his mother, got rid of his car and phone and “bragged that he would not be caught for his involvement at the US Capitol,” the affidavit stated.
He was arrested Tuesday after three days’ surveillance at his mother’s home confirmed he was the rioter filmed in the Senate, the FBI said.
Agents then verified that his Twitter account had posts hailing fascism as “epic” and “[valorized] the 2017 Charlottesville tiki torch march, which featured chants of ‘Jews will not replace us!’” the feds said. He was also pictured with members of a white-supremacy group called the Groypers.
Secor was charged with a slew of crimes including assaulting or resisting a police officer, violent entry and remaining on restricted grounds, civil disorder and obstructing an official proceeding.
He was ordered held without bail during an appearance in federal court in Orange County on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times said.
UCLA spokesman Bill Kisliuk would not confirm that Secor has been a student at the school, but told the L.A. paper that “UCLA believes the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol was an attack on our democracy.”
“As an institution, UCLA is committed to mutual respect, making decisions based on evidence and using rational debate — not physical violence,” he said.
Kisliuk also insisted that America First Bruins, the extremist group the feds claim Secor founded at the school, is not a registered student organization.