The host of a program for the right-wing website Infowars, Owen Shroyer, is in custody after being charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, officials said Monday. Shroyer, who hosts “The War Room” for the website operated by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, said on air Friday that he had to turn himself in to authorities Monday morning;
He was scheduled to appear in federal court in Texas later Monday. Shroyer said in a video posted Sunday that he is “obviously completely innocent of the charges.” “Quite frankly, I’m confused,” he said. “I’m confused at the allegations.” Shroyer said he was at the Capitol “as a journalist” and there was “never any intent to disrupt anything.”
Right Wing Watch reports:
Shroyer wasted no time starting the GoFundMe campaign for himself, which was shut down by the platform on Saturday. By Sunday, Shroyer’s campaign was up and running on GiveSendGo. As of Monday morning, Shroyer had raised over $160,000 on GiveSendGo. Proclaiming to be the “#1 free Christian crowdfunding site,” GiveSendGo has become a safe haven for fundraising by right-wing extremists.
In February, Right Wing Watch reported that members of the Proud Boys neo-fascist hate group facing federal charges for their roles on Jan. 6 began raising money on the platform. A data breach of the site in April showed that the hate group and its members raised more than $375,000 through at least 11 different campaigns on GiveSendGo, according to reporting by the Guardian.
In 2019 Shroyer was arrested for disrupting one of Trump’s impeachment hearings and his release conditions stipulated that he not enter the Capitol grounds. He violated that condition during the Capitol riot.
Booted from GoFundMe, Infowars’ Owen Shroyer turns to Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo to raise money for his “legal defense fund” as he faces charges for his actions at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. He’s not the only right-wing extremist to have done so.https://t.co/iMuRSwevph
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