Did Proud Boys know there would be media on Jan. 6?
Oh, there was definitely going to be media, I knew that, Bertino testifies.
In chat when PBs refer to "our guys" what did that mean?
Bertino: It always referred to Proud Boys.
In a Dec. 30, 2020 chat among members of the Ministry of Self Defense, Johnny Blackbeard aka John Stewart says: We could have a fucking riot
Kenerson asked Bertino if he shared that sentiment and why.
Bertino: “I did, at that point. I felt like everything was a powderkeg and one little thing could set it off.”
Something “big” was about to happen, Bertino said.
When Kenerson asked him what that “big” thing might be, Bertino did not hesitate from the witness stand.
‘”An all-out revolution,” he said.
There was “constant talk, constant videos” on this subject and there was a “constant sense from everyone that we were on the precipice.”
And it wasn’t just Proud Boys Bertino heard this from; it was from “normies” or everyday people who supported Trump or leaned right politically, too.
But of course, the feelings were mutual among defendants Joseph Biggs and Ethan Nordean too, Bertino said. There were often discussions about it.
When Trump announced that he would be speaking at the rally at the Ellipse on Jan. 6, Bertino said he changed his mind then about going. He was still recovering from being stabbed in December and didn’t want to “stand in a crowd like that.”
If he had gone, Bertino said the plan was to speak on stage at one of the events. Kenerson did not ask him what he would said.