Far-right media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself “Baked Alaska” and has been charged over the riot at the United States Capitol, is also suspected of defacing a Hanukkah menorah in Arizona last year, The Daily Beast reported Friday.
Gionet, known for promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories, was arrested earlier this year over his role in the January riot at the US Capitol and is awaiting trial, although he is not in custody.
According to the report, prosecutors in Arizona have additionally charged the right-wing social media personality with two misdemeanor counts for criminal damage and attempted criminal damage.
The report said that in a charge sheet seen by the news site, state prosecutors alleged that in December 2020, Gionet defaced a Hanukkah menorah that was displayed outside the state capital.
Footage circulating online, said to be from Gionet’s livestream of the incident, appeared to show him ripping a sign off the front of the religious item. His face cannot be seen in the clip.
“No more ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ only ‘Merry Christmas.’ This is a disgrace, ” Gionet said while vandalizing the display in the purported footage.
Baked Alaska (Anthime Gionet) now finally facing charges in connection to the vandalism of a Hanukkah display in Phoenix last winter. Video of the incident posted on Reddit has been deleted, but here's a copy I saved. https://t.co/iqBKGHud7W pic.twitter.com/Pdb0g9AN2g
— Erasmus Baxter (@baxter_eh) November 20, 2021
Glitches in the stream meant that not all of the audio was broadcast so it is unclear what else he said.
The incident took place just days before Gionet was one of thousands of supporters of then-US president Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol on January 6 as Congress was meeting to vote to affirm Joe Biden’s electoral win. Five people died in the mayhem.
Gionet faces charges of violent and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority, according to the US Department of Justice.
Gionet has been banned from a number of social media sites for posting antisemitic content, including tweeting the 14-word white-supremacist mantra “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” Gizmodo reported.
Associated Press contributed to this report.