Capitol rioter Garrett Miller trolled for 'I Was There' T-shirt when arrested: 'It's like wearing a bullseye'
Garret Miller, a Capitol riot suspect reportedly did not speak to police officers when he was arrested. But, during his arrest at his home in Dallas, Texas, Miller wore a T-shirt that some may consider "incriminating." As per reports, the suspect's shirt sported a picture of ex-president Donald Trump along with words that read 'Take America Back' and 'I was There, Washington DC, January 6, 2021' as per court filings.
Prosecutors on Miller's case are asking the judge to keep him jailed while he waits for trial. Since the Capital riots, law enforcement officers have been arresting those that were identified from the many videos that surfaced from that dangerous day. There are reportedly "more than 300" people that are facing criminal charges. Miller is one of those people that documented his time at the riots using social media posts.
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'Just wanted to incriminate myself a little'
AP reported that on a call after his arrest, Miller said "I don’t feel that I’ve done anything wrong and now I’m being locked up,” to his mother. He had posted a selfie of him inside the Capitol and when a Facebook user commented, 'Bro you got in?! Nice!”, the suspect replied “Just wanted to incriminate myself a little lol,” as per prosecutors. Disturbingly, Miller was not only part of the mob that stormed the Capitol, but as we earlier reported, also threatened to kill New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a Capitol police officer, as per officials. They also revealed that when Ocasio-Cortez had tweeted "Impeach", Miller replied, "Assassinate AOC."
“By bringing tactical gear, ropes, and potentially, by his own admission, a gun to the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Miller showed that he was not just caught up in the frenzy of the crowd but instead came to DC with the intention of disrupting the democratic process of counting and certifying Electoral College votes,” wrote prosecutors. Furthermore, it was reported that on an Instagram post, posted on January 10, Miller had also said the officer who had "shot and killed a woman" during the riot "should get a televised execution." He reportedly believed that the officer in question was a Black man referring to his as "prize to be taken" - he allegedly also wrote, "He will swing. I had a rope in my bag on that day.”
“Just wanted to incriminate myself a little”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 22, 2021
Well, you did! https://t.co/Y0MbtHwsUr
Miller was arrested on January 20 and by February 12 was indicted on 12 counts which reportedly included "civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers." Miller’s defence attorney F Clinton Broden wrote on behalf of his client saying, "Nevertheless, he has no history of violence, and he did not engage in any acts of violence in connection with the charged offenses, unlike many others who have previously been released." Miller is currently in jail in Oklahoma City. He was supposed to be transported to Washington but that's on hold because he reportedly "broke his collarbone" at the Dallas jail while playing soccer.
Social media nicknames him 'I was there' guy'
While the arrest was made on serious grounds, the T-shirt Miller was wearing sparked social media hilarity. "Dumb f*cks are gonna dumb f*ck...," wrote one user. Another added, "Garret Miller shall henceforth be known as the "I was there" guy." Another further added, "Self-deception is fascinating." Another joked: "Capital riot suspect was wearing “I Was There, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021" when FBI went to arrest him. It's like wearing a bull's eye....Sorry...just can't".
Dumb fucks are gonna dumb fuck...— Jerry Chandler (@TheJJChandler) March 29, 2021
"Miller's shirt had a photograph of former President Donald Trump, and it said “Take America Back” and “I Was There, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021,” federal prosecutors noted in a court filing Monday."https://t.co/2BDVQcy67x
Garret Miller shall henceforth be known as the "I was there" guy.— South Paw (@TheBestSouthPaw) March 29, 2021
Self-deception is fascinating. “Garret Miller was clad in a shirt bearing the message "I Was There, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021," ...reportedly told his mother, "I don't feel that I've done anything wrong and now I'm being locked up."” https://t.co/ykuHPZqozD pic.twitter.com/2vw46TVV6g— denise (@denisie_) March 29, 2021
Capital riot suspect was wearing “I Was There, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021" when FBI went to arrest him.— 🖤🦋Rowan Moon🦋🖤 (@oXxRowanxXo) March 29, 2021
It's like wearing a bull's eye....Sorry...just can't 🤣
One user posted shirts that Miller could have worn instead, with one user writing, "The guy who got arrested wearing his "I Was There" insurrection commemorative t-shirt could've learned a lesson from these guys." Another added a more serious view writing, "He had a shirt “I was there” with the former guy’s name on it. 43 Republicans were too cowardly to convict him. Hold those who incited January 6 accountable! We remember what happened:" Yet another in sarcasm added, "These guys? These are the guys MAGA sent to save our democracy?"
The guy who got arrested wearing his "I Was There" insurrection commemorative t-shirt could've learned a lesson from these guys. pic.twitter.com/7ko630nbUC— Is your name Michael Diamond? Nah, mine's Clarence (@SethFromThe716) March 30, 2021
He had a shirt “I was there” with the former guy’s name on it. 43 Republicans were too cowardly to convict him.— Respectful Dialogue (@timeindawater1) March 29, 2021
Hold those who incited January 6 accountable!
We remember what happened: https://t.co/xBsc465xOK
These guys? These are the guys MAGA sent to save our democracy? #MAGA, right? Capitol riot suspect wore 'I Was There' shirt when arrested https://t.co/oAi83bIOqC via @nbcnews— Death by Desepchun (@desepchun) March 29, 2021