Following the riot at the Capitol in January, some have speculated that not all of the participants were supporters of former President Donald Trump, but that at least some in the crowd were leftist agitators looking to cause chaos.
That appears to be true in the case of John Earle Sullivan, a leftist activist from Utah who is facing federal charges for his role in the riot, but has also found a way to enrich himself because of his participation in the incident, the Washington Examiner reported.
Book for sale, paid by the media
An organizer and leader of a leftist group known as Insurgence USA, Sullivan also bills himself as an independent “video journalist” and documentarian. Now, he is attempting to sell a book that ostensibly provides an insider account of the Capitol riot.
Titled Insurrection: Uncovering the Storming of the United States Capitol, the book’s description paints Sullivan as an innocent bystander who was merely documenting what “alt-right militants,” “rebels” and “confederates” were doing to prevent the certification of the 2020 election.
The Examiner noted that this is just the latest money-making scheme of Sullivan, who goes by the moniker of “JaydenX” in his videos, as various media outlets paid him for the videos that he filmed during the riot.
Four invoices were obtained and publicized that show Sullivan was paid $77,375 for various licensing agreements to use his video footage from the riots.
That includes $35,000 each from both CNN and NBC Universal, as well as $5,000 from the Showtime cable network and $2,375 from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Federal charges for role in riot
Nevertheless, Sullivan was not merely a journalist attempting to document the Capitol building riot, but instead was a willful participant and agitator who actively encouraged the violence that occurred, as per a Justice Department press release announcing criminal charges against him on Jan. 14.
The charges include one count of knowingly entering and remaining within a restricted building, one count of violent and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and one count of interfering with law enforcement efforts to deal with the civil disorder.
An affidavit from an FBI special agent also laid out the probable cause and evidence supporting those charges, based on interviews with Sullivan and a review of his video footage as well as that of others. Taken altogether, and in light of Sullivan’s audible encouragement of the disorderly conduct, it is clear that he was not simply documenting what was happening, as he and the media have fraudulently claimed.
According to local Utah outlet KSL, Sullivan is still facing pending criminal charges related to his organizing and participation in a protest-turned-riot in Provo, Utah, in June 2020, during which an innocent motorist was shot and vehicles were damaged by a crowd Sullivan helped organize.
Far from being a supposed journalist, Sullivan is, in fact, a leftist activist and agitator. With the help of an ideologically friendly media, he has capitalized on his own participation in an event that the media has dishonestly attributed entirely to one group.