The self-styled civil liberties activist charged in the United States Capitol riots is a previous Olympic speed skater — and declared conman accused of attempting to screw up left-wing motions under the name “Activist John.”
The checkered past of John Sullivan — the Utah guy who declared he embedded himself amongst the pro-Trumpers to tape the storming of the Capitol recently — has lots of questioning black, left-wing activist’s real intention.
The 26-year-old completed in the 2018 Olympic trials and appeared in a 2016 commercial for Uber that’s given that been made personal. At one point, his Twitter page was filled with posts about satisfying his skating dreams.
But someplace along the method, Sullivan moved his sights to advocacy.
He established Insurgence U.S.A., a demonstration group for “racial justice and police reform,” and started describing himself as “Activist John” — filling his Twitter feeds with anti-Trump rhetoric and posts supporting Black Lives Matter, along with about his involvement in current demonstrations.
He recorded his day penetrating the Jan. 6 MAGA riot on his account, @realjaydenx, publishing bits of the video footage he shot on his phone of the turmoil inside the Capitol structure — and the deadly shooting of QAnon advocate Ashli Babbitt.
Sullivan likewise retweeted the various media stories that got his account of what took place that day, consisting of Rolling Stone, which interviewed him for a story that released a day prior to his arrest.
“I was worried about people recognizing me and thinking that I was Antifa or, like, BLM or whatever,” he told the outlet. “The entire time they’re yelling, ‘Fuck Antifa! Fuck, BLM.’ I’m not saying I’m Antifa, by any means. But I definitely believe Black Lives Matter.”
But in Sullivan’s own videos, he can be heard enthusiastically agitating the saboteurs, at one point screaming, “It’s our house motherf—kers!”
His real intentions have actually currently been cast doubt on from leftist activist groups online, consisting of Rebellion Baby, which tweeted an extensive takedown implicating him of being a “infiltrator/agent provocateur.”
“John has been kicked from the #SaltLakeCity and #Portland protest scenes due to alarming behaviors including grifting/profiteering, self-promotion/clout chasing, sabotage of community actions, threats of violence, and — maybe most disturbingly — ties to the far-right,” the group tweet on Nov. 26.
Sullivan is dealing with riot and criminal mischief charges for his involvement in a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Utah in June, according to Rolling Stone.
But Rebellion Baby likewise indicated Sullivan’s bro, James Sullivan, a President Trump diehard who established the conservative political company Civilized Awakening. The group, they declared, has “strong ties to Proud Poys — even having spoken at a Proud Boy rally.”
“The brothers’ polarized political stances conveniently bolster the other’s public personas,” Rebellion Baby noted.
In a post Friday on Facebook, James Sullivan safeguarded his bro, composing that he understood him to be “a patriotic athlete who had a dream to represent his country at the world games as a speed skater.”
“Mainstream media corrupts, it’s important to stay wary and educated,” he composed.
On Thursday, Rebellion Baby published another prolonged thread calling out John Sullivan’s post-siege habits as being alarmingly conceited and publishing a CNN clip in which he talks about seeing Babbitt’s death.
Sullivan was presented as a “left-wing activist” on air though Rebellion Baby called that “a claim that would obviously be denied by leftists from multiple cities who have met him.”
Trump advocates, on the other hand, have actually taken on Sullivan’s involvement in the riots to improve their claims that Antifa penetrated their circle and prompted the fatal siege.
A clip circulated social media proving Sullivan with filmmaker Jade Sacker cheering right after reaching the Capitol rotunda.
“You were right, we did it!” Sacker informs Sullivan.
“I was trying to tell you — I couldn’t say much. Is this not going to be the best film you ever made in your life?” he responds.
Sullivan is federally charged with intentionally getting in a limited location, violent entry and disorderly conduct and hindering police. A virtual court look is arranged for Friday afternoon. It is uncertain if he’s worked with a lawyer.
He’s declared to be a reporter, informing police and media outlets that he was just inside the Capitol structure to “document and report,” according an affidavit.
But an FBI unique representative kept in mind “he has admitted, however, that he has no press credentials and the investigation has not revealed any connection between Sullivan and any journalistic organizations.”