Far-right influencer Baked Alaska accused of damaging Hanukkah display

Far-right influencer Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet has been accused of damaging a Hanukkah display at the Arizona Capitol building in Phoenix in December 2020. Associated Press reported.

Gionet is a well-known member of the American far right and has been labeled a neo-Nazi, white supremacist, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist.

However, he has a history as a journalist for BuzzFeed and has briefly called himself a leftist in the past.

Gionet is accused of being videotaped tearing up a sign honoring Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix, AP reported.

The sign itself did not have much material value, but the real danger in Gionet’s actions was the message it sent to the Jewish community, according to Rabbi Levi Levertov.

Activist Tim Gionet, who goes by the name “Baked Alaska” on the Internet, addresses a rally by self-proclaimed white nationalists and “far right” supporters in what they called a “free speech” rally. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, June 25, 2017 (credit: JIM BOURG / REUTERS)

“It is an attack on an entire community,” Levertov said, according to the AP. “That’s the way I see it.”

Gionet is now facing misdemeanor charges, the exact details of which are unclear. However, it is far from the only notable incident he was involved in that winter.

Gionet was among the many people who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, allegedly sparked by supporters of President Donald Trump seeking to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 election results in favor of Joe Biden.

Gionet in particular was noted to have broadcast live from inside the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Baked Alaska was also present at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, an incident that also sparked violence.

However, Gionet is not currently in custody at this time.



Reference-www.jpost.com

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