Daniel “D.J.” Rodriguez, a die-hard Donald Trump supporter who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and was arrested for electroshocking D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Mike Fanone, repeatedly cried as he told FBI special agents he was a “fucking piece of shit” and worried that his “mom’s going to find out” what he did.
“Danny gets to choose if he writes a story today with us. But right now, the story that’s being told is by D.C. ― is by antifa, BLM, and the Huffington Post,” an FBI special agent, referred to as Elias, told Rodriguez as he tried to extract a confession.
“There’s a story that’s being written about Danny Rodriguez and right now D.C. has told that story to a judge. And the court of public opinion has a story from the Huffington Post, has a story from Waterspider on Twitter, from Antifa and BLM,” the FBI special agent told Rodriguez. “They’re telling the Danny Rodriguez story.”
According to a transcript of his FBI interview, Rodriguez said that he became radicalized after watching videos produced by InfoWars and by conservative commentators like Steven Crowder, Mark Dice, and the Hodgetwins that convinced him of the conspiracy theory that Trump actually won the election.
Rodriguez repeatedly referred to himself as “stupid” and “not smart” for believing that the violent pro-Trump mob he was a part of could take over the U.S. Capitol by force and install Trump as president for a second term.
“Are we all that stupid that we thought we were going to go do this and save the country and it was all going to be fine after? We really thought that. That’s so stupid, huh?” he told the FBI.
“I understand what it ― it’s very stupid and ignorant, and I see that it’s a big joke, that we thought that we were going to save this country, we were doing the right thing and stuff. I get it,” he said.
Rodriguez told FBI agents that he “volunteered for Trump” and “did door-to-door and everything” for Trump’s campaign. He also told investigators that he wanted to join the Army once Trump became president, and even went to the recruiting office.
“They didn’t take me. And I just thought that I could still contribute by ― you know, I didn’t take an oath, but I could still stand up for those same things on my own, you know?” Rodriguez said.
“My beliefs are that an overwhelming number of people came out to vote for Trump and he actually did win that election, the popular vote and the electoral vote,” Rodriguez said. “They made sure that the election was lost and there’s no point in voting anymore, so it’s like ― I’m thinking they’re going to come, like, you know ― they’re going to come round us up.”