Christian Secor UCLA
Christian Secor is a UCLA student who has been charged in the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot after he was spotted in photos sitting in the vice president’s Senate chair, the FBI says. Secor was arrested in California on February 16, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Secor was seen in videos and photos sitting in the chair previously occupied by Vice President Mike Pence, the FBI said in a criminal complaint. He was also seen carrying a flag throughout the Capitol and onto the Senate floor after breaching the building during the siege, FBI agents said.
How old is Christian Secor?
Christian Secor is 22 years old.
It was not immediately clear if Secor has hired an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Christian Secor Capitol Riot
According to the FBI, agents received tips about Secor to the FBI media submission portal and the FBI tipline between January 17 and January 22. At least 11 tipsters identified Secor as one of the riot participants who had entered the U.S. Capitol during the pro-Trump siege.
The FBI wrote in a criminal complaint filed in Secor’s case, “These tipsters provided images and videos of Secor inside the U.S. Capitol Building, both standing on the floor of the Senate chamber, and sitting in the Chair of the Presiding Officer on the upper tier of the two-tiered dais at the head of the Senate chamber. This seat is normally occupied by either the Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate, the President Pro Tempore or another Senator acting as the Presiding Officer. These images were widely circulated via both mainstream news outlets and on social media platforms.”
The FBI said Secor was seen in the images and videos wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat that was covered in several stickers, including a blue circle with the letters AF in white writing on the bill, along with a black jacket, black gloves, tan pants and a T-shirt with an “adulterated American flag.
Christian Secor Video
According to the criminal complaint, Secor was also seen in a video recorded by The New Yorker that was aired on MSNBC. Secor was seen in the video on the floor of the Senate and sitting in the chair previously occupied by Pence, with the America First flag against the wall behind him, the FBI said. Surveillance video provided to investigators by the Capitol Police also shows Secor in other parts of the Capitol, including the east corridor and the Senate gallery, the FBI said.
Investigators said Secor was at one point seen in surveillance video among rioters who were trying to push through a doorway blocked by three Capitol Police officers. The FBI said the actions of Secor and the others pushing on the double doors blocked by the officers caused the doors to open.
Christian Secor Twitter
According to the criminal complaint, Secor was identified by a tipster who is a fellow UCLA student and recognized him from being a founder of the “America First Bruins,” a far-right organization on the California campus associated with Nick Fuentes, who runs a podcast called “America First.”
The FBI said Secor used the nickname online “Scuffed Elliot Rodger,” a reference to the man who killed 7 people in Isla Vista in 2014. Rodger has become a hero to some in the alt-right. According to the FBI, tipsters said Secor defines himself as a fascist, posts threats online, and has advocated for a “whites only” nation.
Secor posted on Twitter using the account “@fullautonat,” according to the FBI, which reviewed his posts and account, according to the criminal complaint. The FBI said in the complaint that Secor posted a photo on his Twitter with Fuentes, who the FBI describes as “a public figure known for making racist statements and denying the Holocaust.” Secor has since locked the account.
According to the FBI, Secor described fascism as “epic” in one tweet, valorized the 2017 Charlottesville tiki-torch march which featured chants of “Jews will not replace us.” The FBI said Secor also claimed on Twitter to be an intern for Michelle Malkin:
“Just watch the Nick Fuentes highlights. We support nationalism everywhere. What we don’t support is Israel influencing out politics or extreme Jewish over-representation in politically relevant sectors.”
Christian Secor Costa Mesa
Secor first caught the attention of fellow UCLA students for his social media activities in 2020 after he formed the America First Bruins group on campus. Matthew Richard, a UCLA student, posted a March 2020 Twitter thread about Secor.
Christian Secor Arrested
Secor was charged with with obstructing an official proceeding, entering and remaining in restricted buildings or grounds, and violent entry.
Secor was arrested by the FBI at his home in Costa Mesa, California, on February 16, according to prosecutors. A tipster told the FBI Secor had moved back in with his mother after the riot and had bragged that he would not be caught and charged for his participation in the incident.
Secor appeared in court for the first time on February 17 and was ordered to be held in jail without bond pending a yet-to-be-scheduled detention hearing.