NEW YORK (UKTN) –Brendan Hunt, the man from Queens accused of threatening to kill members of Congress, spoke at his trial on Tuesday.
Hunt admitted in Brooklyn Federal Court to creating online posts and videos calling for the murder of lawmakers such as New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but he told the jury he didn’t was only using the rhetoric he had heard and that it was. just “online blather” and he “didn’t think anybody would take me seriously,” UKTN’s Alice Gainer reported.
He testified that he often posted what he called “controversial content and clickbait”.
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Hunt was not at the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6 during the breach, but two days after prosecutors said he posted a video online titled “Kill Your Senators,” urging others to return for the inauguration. .
They noted that the length of the video was 88 seconds and the number 88 is a code for white supremacists.
Hunt told the jury that he didn’t know it was 88 seconds long and that he had been drinking and smoking weed, and “wasn’t trying to inspire anyone or intimidate politicians.”
But he also noted that people on online conspiracy theory sites “are very easily influenced.”
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The prosecution posted private texts Hunt sent to his father and his memes file containing anti-Semitic and racist slurs, and told the court how Hunt uploaded the manifesto of a racially motivated mass murder.
Hunt said he just wanted to know why he did it.
Prosecutors said “his beliefs help explain his intention.”
When asked if he was a Nazi, Hunt replied, “No. I hate the Nazis.
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The defense rested its case after Hunt finished testifying. He was the only witness they called.
The closing arguments then began.
At the time of his arrest, Hunt was an analyst for the New York Court System and is the son of a retired New York judge.
When asked outside of court if his son was a threat, Hunt’s father said, “I’m not supposed to tell anyone about this matter. These are my instructions. So I can’t talk to you and I won’t talk to you.
The defense maintains that the accusations are exaggerated and that Hunt’s rants are protected speech. The prosecution says these were real threats.
Ultimately, it’s up to the jury.