Brandon Straka, founder of the well publicized Walkaway Campaign during the 2020 US elections, has been arrested by Omaha FBI agents. He was arrested for his recent involvement in the US Capitol incident that happened on January 6th earlier this year. He was turned in to authorities by a relative.
Brandon’s YouTube Channel, known for presenting himself as a down to earth and overall likable guy, shares a video update of his experience in Washington DC, the day after the incident. The arrest comes after incoming President Joe Biden had the most heavily armed inauguration in recent United States history.
Brandon Straka Facing Charges
According to the FBI’s Complaint and Affidavit, Straka had posted tweets and videos to YouTube documenting his activities at the Capitol, but that those tweets and videos have since either been deleted or made private.
Brandon Straka is now listed on the Department of Justice website, on a list “of defendants charged in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.“
According to the Affidavit:
The FBI received tips from the public with screenshots of Straka’s Twitter activity from January 6, 2021. These screenshots revealed that Straka made the following comments on Twitter on January 6, 2021:
“Patriots at the Capitol – HOLD. THE. LINE!!!!”
“I arrived at the Capitol a few hours ago as Patriots were storming from all sides. I was quite close to entering myself as police began tear gassing us from the door. I inhaled tear gas & got it in my eyes. Patriots began exiting shortly after saying Congress had been cleared.”
“I’m completely confused. For 6-8 weeks everybody on the right has been saying ‘1776!’ & that if congress moves forward it will mean a revolution! So congress moves forward. Patriots storm the Capitol – now everybody is virtual signaling their embarrassment that this happened.”
“Also – be embarrassed & hide if you need to- but I was there. It was not Antifa at the Capitol. It was freedom loving Patriots who were DESPERATE to fight for the final hope of our Republic because literally nobody cares about them. Everyone else can denounce them. I will not.”
“Perhaps I missed the part where it was agreed this would be a revolution of ice cream cones & hair-braiding parties to take our government back from lying, cheating globally interested swamp parasites. My bad.”
Furthermore, the affidavit goes on to include Straka’s alleged instructions to other protestors at the Capitol building, telling other’s to “Go! Go!” inside of the Capitol building.
Also, in a now-deleted video, Brandon demanded that others take a police officer’s shield away:
At around the 3:59 mark of the video, STRAKA stated, “Take it away from him.” STRAKA and others in the crowd then yelled, “Take the shield!” As several people in the crowd grabbed the officer’s shield, STRAKA yelled, “Take it! Take it!”
The video clips have yet to be revealed publicly. It remains unclear what will happen next.
Brandon, once a staunch Democrat and self identified “Former Liberal. Gay.”, created the #Walkaway campaign to incentivize other to pursue their own journey.
“I’ve said since day one, Walkaway is a journey, not a destination. We don’t tell people to become republicans. We don’t tell people to become Trump supporters. We don’t tell people anything that they have to think or believe to become part of our group. Our group is all about appreciation for different political though, independent thinking – do your own homework, do your own research. We want people to go on their own journey.”Brandon Straka, Video – 1/17/21 UPDATE on the left’s WAR ON #WalkAway
Brandon’s social media campaign accounts were recently suspended and removed from major social media platforms. Facebook had banned Brandon Straka’s account. His campaign group on Facebook was banned and many of his employees accounts were also surprisingly banned.
Brandon argues that the war against the walkaway campaign has come in a “three-prong approach”: The left has attacked his email providing service, fundraising proving service, and attacking his Facebook accounts and groups.
Support Brandon Straka
Undoubtedly, Brandon will start a legal defense fund to combat these charges, or perhaps depend on financial contributions given through his Walkaway Campaign website.
Although it’s unclear how to assist Brandon in his legal defense, supporters may consider visiting his Donate page on his personal website. Due to his surprise arrest, he hasn’t given instructions on how to assist him.
Reference: A local copy of the FBI’s affidavit is available here.