White nationalist Baked Alaska livestreamed himself from inside the US Capitol as he joined rioters

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Baked Alaska used the blockchain platform DLive to livestream himself during the riot at the US Capitol.
Baked Alaska used the blockchain platform DLive to livestream himself during the riot at the US Capitol. Screenshot/DLive
  • Tim Gionet, better known as Baked Alaska, is a white nationalist activist and was among the insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday and breached security to enter.

  • Gionet used the blockchain service DLive to livestream himself from inside the US Capitol, where he interviewed other rioters from various rooms in the Capitol building. 

  • Gionet also broadcast himself cursing at US Capitol Police who appeared to usher him and other rioters out of the building toward the end of the stream.

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White nationalist online personality Tim Gionet, better known as Baked Alaska, was among the insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday and breached security to enter lawmakers' offices. Gionet streamed more than 20 minutes of his activity inside the Capitol building on the blockchain service DLive, and 16,000 people watched. 

At the same time as Gionet's stream, Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers in the Capitol were evacuated. A pool reporter from inside the Capitol said press and lawmakers were evacuated out of the third floor of the building as protestors entered the second floor where lawmakers were discussing the certification of the 2020 election results in the House chamber. 

During the livestream, Gionet talked to other rioters about what they were doing at the Capitol. At one point, he suggested he would sleep inside a lawmakers' office and use the desk phone to call President Donald Trump. At another point in the stream, a police officer inside the building appeared to be taking selfies with rioters. 

Gionet is known for holding Neo-Nazi and white supremacist views, supporting Trump, and promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories online. His YouTube channel was banned in October 2020 after he filmed himself committing crimes and harassing people during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In an email to Insider, Gionet disputed being called a "white nationalist," but he is characterized as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center

 

Trespassing in the US Capitol is a crime. At the end of the livestream, Gionet appeared to be ushered out of the building by US Capitol Police, who he cursed at before the stream ended.

The DC mayor issued a 6 p.m. curfew as thousands of protestors swarmed the Capitol. Demonstrators, at Trump's encouragement, protested President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Trump. Supporters listened to Trump speak outside the White House before he directed them to the Capitol, where many stormed the building. 

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