An Alabama man allegedly parked a pickup truck packed with 11 homemade bombs, an assault rifle and a handgun just two blocks form the United States Capitol Building, according to federal prosecutors.
The revelation is one of the most unsettling details federal prosecutors have made public this week as they sift through what went down when pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. Other people have been accused of taking guns and ammunition onto Capitol grounds.
Lonnie Leroy Coffman, 70, of Falkville, Alabama, is accused of planting the pickup truck.
Right-wing activist Ali Alexander said he and the GOP lawmakers -- whom he identified as Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) -- planned the protest as a means to put pressure on Congress to reject the certification of Joe Biden's election win, reported the Washington Post.
"We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting," Alexander said in a video that has since been deleted. "[We hoped to] change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside."
Newly-elected Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn, of North Carolina, is facing backlash from a former member of law enforcement following last Wednesday's deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.
Former Henderson County Sheriff George Erwin Jr., who previously endorsed Cawthorn in his race for Congress, has now rescinded his support, saying Cawthorn helped stoke the violence that played out that day.
But do Democrats have the courage to hold these traitors accountable. They allowed Trump to run wild for 4 years without doing very much to stop. Now we reaping the results of that cowardice. Much like the Weimar Republic should weakness in standing up to the NAZIs.