Anthime Gionet, the newly minted Tampa Bay resident and white nationalist internet celebrity known as “Baked Alaska,” was sentenced to 60 days in prison by a federal judge in Washington for his part in the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol sit , DC, decided on Tuesday.
US District Judge Trevor McFadden also ordered Gionet to serve two years of probation after his release. Prosecutors had asked for 75 days in prison.
While his behavior that day was far from the worst, Gionet’s status as a social media star made him a prominent face of the mob that stormed the capital, delaying confirmation of the results of the 2020 presidential election and threatening the peaceful transfer of power.
Gionet, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, publicly celebrated when his case was assigned to Judge McFadden in March. In a Twitter post, he called it “a literal miracle” and later detailed his belief that McFadden was a “pro-Trump judge” in a livestream video.
McFadden was appointed to the bank by the former president in 2017. But the judge found no room to excuse what Gionet had done on January 6.
“You have done everything to publicize your wrongdoing,” he told Gionet. “They were there and fully engaged in what was going on.”
Gionet pleaded guilty in July to a single federal charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing a Capitol.
He entered the Capitol twice that day and stayed there for more than an hour. He recorded a lengthy livestream video of the chaos as rioters stormed through offices and clashed with police officers.
Part of the video showed Gionet in a senator’s office using a phone to pretend to call the Senate.
“Hello US Senate,” he said. “We have a fraudulent election that I would like to report. We need to put our boy, Donald J. Trump, in office.”
He was also recorded announcing, “Occupy the Capitol, let’s go, we’re not leaving this bitch,” “Patriots are in control,” and chanting “Whose house? Our house.”
At other moments, Gionet encouraged rioters to move through a broken window and yelled at Capitol police.
“You’re a bloody oathbreaker, you piece of shit,” he told an officer.
Sporting his signature Pit Viper sunglasses, dark beard, and bleached mop of hair, he goes live on the internet nightly, espousing white nationalist, misogynistic, and anti-Semitic sentiments while spinning his way through video games.
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With a sizable following, Gionet is credited with helping to radicalize his audience and profess extremist views in a goofy, entertaining format.
Prosecutors described him in a sentencing memorandum as a “33-year-old professional troll exhibiting increasingly provocative and criminal behavior.”
A year ago, Gionet was sentenced to 30 days in Arizona after being convicted of pepper-spraying a bouncer who told him to leave a bar during a livestream.
In another incident, he was convicted of criminal damage and fined $300 for tearing down a Hanukkah display in the Arizona state capital and declaring, “No more Hanukkah, just Merry Christmas.”
Gionet moved to the Tampa Bay area after the Capitol riot. His reasons for doing so are unclear, but his arrival coincided with what experts see as a rise in political extremism in the state. Records show that he lived in Pinellas and Hernando counties.
He has continued his nightly livestream shows from the Sunshine State.
Times contributor Tracey McManus contributed to this report, which also uses information from the Associated Press.