‘Foxitis’: Capitol riot hearing goes way off the rails with F-bombs as lawyer blames Fox News channel

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Several suspected Capitol rioters appeared together in a virtual court hearing Wednesday, and according to multiple reports, their behavior was wild.

One defendant, Delaware resident Anthony Antonio, tried to blame his decision to breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th on Fox News, going so far as to have his lawyer claim he was suffering from a non-existent condition called “Foxitis” that he’d contracted after becoming “hooked on Foxmania.”

This unusual defense was likely based on the unsubstantiated left-wing-crafted narrative that Fox News had incentivized the Jan. 6th riot by offering “fair and balanced” coverage of legitimate 2020 election concerns.

Stunningly enough, this angered one of the other defendants, Landon Kenneth Copeland, who objected and accused Antonio of being full of bullschiff.

Antonio’s lawyer reportedly repeatedly tried to pull conspicuous tricks like this “Foxitis” claim to boost his client’s image and make it sound as if he’s different — perhaps even better than — the rest of the defendants, Copeland included.

At one point, he reportedly claimed that he’d purposefully chosen only to defend Antonio and told the other defendants, “I don’t represent you people.”

At another point during the hearing, he claimed he knew President Joe Biden and told the prosecutor he looked like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

As for Copeland, he certainly seemed to be a more honest defendant.

“I’m going to tell the truth!” he shrieked the second he was taken off mute, according to The Daily Beast.

However, his honesty was coupled with a whole lot of unruly behavior and profanity.

“I don’t like you people … you’re a robot to me … you can’t come get me if I don’t want you to … f–k all of you … f–k all of you!” he reportedly added.

This reportedly prompted the judge to separate him into his own separate Zoom channel away from the other defendants, which in turn spurred him into shrieking, “I wanna talk in open court you motherf–kers!”

At one point during the hearing, Copeland reportedly invited his friends and even his mother onto the Zoom call, but that didn’t go so well.

“Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather ended up kicking out one of his friends after they chose an ‘expletive’ as their Zoom username,” according to The Daily Beast.

The court eventually recessed for an hour “so court officials could discuss how to proceed given the constant interruptions.”

When the court returned from break, the shenanigans reportedly began anew (*Language warning):

Copeland’s defense attorney reportedly claimed his client was “in a crisis.”

“In my conversations with him, I don’t think he’s being intentionally belligerent. I don’t think he’s competent to proceed right now,” his attorney said.

This reportedly angered Copeland, prompting him to sign off from the call but then sign back on 10 minutes later.

Besides cursing out court officials, Copeland also claimed he’s a combat veteran, complained about paying 70 percent in taxes and dared officials to “come get me.”

As noted before, he seemed to be an honest guy … albeit one “in a crisis.”

Vivek Saxena

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