The Texas man who posted selfies from the Capitol riot and followed that up with a death threat to AOC is now apologizing, saying he’s “ashamed” of his comments and blaming former President Trump for leading him into rioting.
Garret Miller, 34, was arrested Wednesday and originally charged with four counts related to his alleged participation in the Capitol riot, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, knowingly entering a restricted building, certain acts during civil disorder, and obstructing an official proceeding. And then his charges were updated to include a fifth count of threats, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to CNBC.
He targeted AOC after she tweeted “Impeach” following the riot and one of her commenters called to “arrest any maga [sic] supporter in dc [sic] and hold them.”
To that, Miller said: “We acted with honor and we where [sic] not armed,” according to a criminal complaint. “We where [sic] gentle with the police. They murdered a child.” Miller then followed that up with another reply that said simply: “Assassinate AOC[.]” In another post, Miller said of the Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt that “we gonna hug his neck with a nice rope.”
Miller’s online posts earned him a threat charge, along with the four other charges related to the Capitol riot.
He released a statement Monday through his lawyer apologizing to Ocasio-Cortez and Capitol Police and claiming he was following the orders of former President Donald Trump when he participated in the riot.
“While I never intended to harm Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez nor harm any members