A far-right influencer who reportedly stormed the US Capitol earlier this year has now been charged with damaging a Chanukah display in Arizona.
Tim Gionet, who is also known as “Baked Alaska” and has been accused of harbouring neo-Nazi views, faces charges of criminal damage and attempted criminal damage after allegedly vandalising the Chanukah display at the Arizona Capitol building in Phoenix in December 2020.
One of the organisers of the Chanukah presentation at Wesley Bolin Plaza stated that video footage shows Mr Gionet tearing a sign off the festive display. Arizona’s Rabbi Levi Levertov said that he viewed the incident as “an attack on an entire community.”
Mr Gionet also faces charges over allegedly storming the US Capitol during the riot on 6th January, and is also awaiting sentencing after he was convicted of assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing in an incident in which authorities state that he shot pepper spray at an employee at a bar in Scottsdale, Arizona.