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Conspiracists and gun activists: The Trump loyalists who stormed the Capitol

Naming the names: A look at some of the more prominent rioters who assailed the US Capitol this week

Jake Angeli, a QAnon supporter known for his painted face and horned hat, is seen inside the US Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)
Jake Angeli, a QAnon supporter known for his painted face and horned hat, is seen inside the US Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The tattoo-chested man in a horned headdress, the middle-aged intruder with his foot on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk and the woman shot dead by police: Their images have been beamed around the world, but who are the Donald Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol?

Pro-gun campaigner

Richard Barnett, 60, from Gravette in northwest Arkansas, barged into the office of House Democrat leader Pelosi where he was photographed leaning back in a chair with his left foot on her desk.

Barnett, known locally for hosting the pro-gun Facebook group 2A NWA STAND!!!, told Arkansas news channel KFSM 5News that he somehow ended up there by accident.

“I didn’t break the doors. I was shoved in. I didn’t mean to be in there. Hell, I was looking for the bathroom,” said Barnett.

Richard Barnett, a supporter of US President Donald Trump, sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. (Saul Loeb/AFP)

He added though that he had every right to be in Pelosi’s office.

“My desk. I’m a taxpayer. I’m a patriot. It ain’t her desk. We loaned her that desk.”

Before leaving, Barnett stole an envelope and left Pelosi a note calling her a “bitch,” he told KFSM 5News.

Barnett has now been arrested.

QAnon ‘digital soldier’

Shirtless, sporting face paint and a fur hat complete with buffalo horns, Jake Angeli is a prominent supporter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory.

He describes himself as a “digital soldier” of the movement that claims Trump is waging a secret war against a global liberal cult of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump, including Jake Angeli, a QAnon supporter known for his painted face and horned hat, protest in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC (SAUL LOEB / AFP)

The 33-year-old Angeli presented himself as a “shamanist and consultant for the Trump supporters” when he was photographed by AFP at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona in November. He was wearing his headdress then too.

“We’re patriots on the front lines in Arizona who wish to take our positive energy to DC,” he wrote on the ultra-conservative social network Parler in December.

Social media users noted similarities between Angeli’s look and that of 1990s Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay, forcing the jazz-funk performer to assure fans that he wasn’t in Washington on Wednesday.

Military veteran

Ashli Babbitt was named by police as the woman shot at close range by a police officer as she tried to climb through a broken window in the hallway of Congress.

The 35-year-old from San Diego later died from her injuries. KUSI-TV quoted her husband as saying she had been a staunch Trump supporter and “a great patriot.”

Babbitt was a US Air Force veteran who described herself as a “Libertarian” on her Twitter page.

On Tuesday she tweeted: “Nothing will stop us….they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!”

Lectern thief

Looking particularly pleased with his day’s efforts was a man in a Trump winter beanie hat smiling and waving at cameras as he carried Pelosi’s lectern.

Trump supporter Adam Johnson carries the lectern of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi through the Rotunda of the US Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

Local media identified him as 36-year-old Adam Johnson, a father of five from Parrish, Florida.

Johnson has been arrested.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report

Editors note: The story has been corrected to remove a reference to an individual whose presence was reported in error.

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