Who is Anthony Aguero? Marjorie Taylor Greene's associate was at Capitol riots despite her claim it was Antifa
Despite the fact that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed after the January 6 mob at the Capitol that people who stormed into the federal building were members of the alt-left group ANTIFA, an associate of hers was part of the mob and confirmed that he was a supporter of former President Donald Trump.
Anthony Aguero, a conservative livestreamer, activist, and associate of Greene, said on video following the January 6 incident that he had been among those who entered and slammed those who falsely claimed it was done by "Antifa," CNN reported. "We were all there. It was not Antifa and it was not BLM. It was Trump supporters that did that yesterday. I'm the first to admit it, being one myself," said Aguero in a video posted on January 7. "I walked amongst all those people."
The video as well as other similar videos which prove Aguero's connection to Greene have since been deleted and were dug up by CNN's KFile. The two of them have apparently worked closely together over the years on causes such as immigration and the border wall. The pair have also attended pro-Trump rallies together.
While walking away from the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue following the riot, Aguero said in the video streamed live: "A message was sent. These politicians are not going to continue to get away with the abuse as they've been doing. We will continue to press on these individuals. The National Guard has just been called in. A woman was shot in the face earlier. There was blood all over the floor. I recorded it for y'all. I could not go live during the whole event because the signal was either jammed purposely or there was just too many, too many people out there. Guys, I was able to make it inside the chambers and I have footage that I'm going to provide for you guys as we made our way in there."
In one of the videos, posted by Aguero on the day on Instagram, he can be heard cheering on those trying to enter the Capitol, from a distance. He is seen chanting "heave ho" as a mob of rioters pushes against Capitol Police. Aguero wrote "MAGA" in a comment under the video. Similarly, in another video, he can be heard chanting "our house," posted from the steps of the Capitol. He later described those who broke in as "patriots," and commented "#PatriotsSaveAmerica2021! Not Antifa/BLM!!!"
Greene has repeatedly called Aguero "amazing" and a "friend" on social media, according to KFline and Aguero has also called Greene "one of my closest friends." And yet, she has falsely suggested that those who had broken into the Capitol were not Trump supporters but "Antifa" dressed as MAGA fans. "There were warnings Antifa would dress as Trump supporters at the Jan 6 rally, days in advance. The National Guard was requested for Jan 6 rally, and was turned down. No excuse to anyone that attacked the Capitol, no matter who you are, but Antifa was clearly there," she tweeted.
There were warnings Antifa would dress as Trump supporters at the Jan 6 rally, days in advance.— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 15, 2021
The National Guard was requested for Jan 6 rally, and was turned down.
No excuse to anyone that attacked the Capitol, no matter who you are, but Antifa was clearly there. https://t.co/qOljWFyk9j
When reached out for comment by the publication, Aguero told CNN that the "videos uploaded compiled [sic] are not mine. They're screen recorded from other posts that I saw." Aguero confirmed to CNN he was at the Capitol on January 6 and said he was an "independent journalist" there reporting the events. He also stressed his support for Greene. "I fully support Marjorie Taylor Greene. We need more great people like her. God bless her and her family," said Aguero.