Mr. Biggs’ activities that day were extensively recorded by himself and others. His walk from the Washington Monument was filmed by Eddie Block, a proud boy on a scooter who rolled behind him and identified Mr. Biggs and others in his commentary. Mr. Biggs appeared repeatedly in photographs, recording himself climbing the Capitol steps.
It was a long, awkward road that got him to this point. Mr. Biggs, 37, also known as Rambo, was a D.J. In Florida, he said on his broadcasts “walking around the nightclubs dancing ecstasy” before joining the military. He was posted to Iraq for a year and then to Afghanistan. He made his news media debut after leaving active service in 2012.
In 2008, Michael Hastings, a reporter embedded with Mr. Biggs’ unit in Afghanistan, encouraged him to appear on camera in the news media upon his return to the United States, Mr. Biggs said. Before Mr Hastings died in a car accident in 2013, he wrote one Profile of General Stanley McChrystal for Rolling Stone This ended the general’s military career.
Mr. Biggs’ break came after that He has fueled conspiracy theories about Mr. Hastings’ death. Mr. Jones invited him to Infowars, the far-right, conspiratorial radio and online show.
Mr. Biggs joined Infowars in 2014 and traveled to and for racial justice demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, over the next year occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by armed right-wing extremists in 2016. While accompanying Mr. Jones to the 2016 Republican National Convention, Mr. Biggs got into an argument with communist protesters, including one who burned an American flag.
He and another Infowars employee claimed they were burned to put out the fire. In a mundane video with the title “Joe ‘Rambo’ Biggs: Commie Crushing Crusader!“Mr. Biggs said he” jumped “over the” cops “, tore off the protester’s shirt and gave him a” stomp “.
Police charged protester Gregory “Joey” Johnson of the offense.
When Mr. Johnson’s attorneys saw the videos of Mr. Biggs’s allegations, they demanded that the charges against Mr. Johnson be dropped, which they were. Mr. Johnson sued the City of Cleveland and his police, who said they had violated his First Amendment rights. He received a severance payment of $ 225,000.