During the second impeachment of Donald Trump, Republicans repeated the same refrain; it is time for reconciliation and forgiveness. These representatives attempted to use ‘love’ to erase their years of complicity to the hate spewed by the president. The words on the Capitol rang hollow as the FBI revealed charges against the supporter of the Proud Boys, Eduard Florea, who boldly proclaimed, “The time for peace and civility is over.”
Investigators said Florea threatened to deploy “three cars full of armed patriots” to Washington, D.C. during the Electoral College Riot and was charged with stockpiling military-style combat knives and more than 1,000 rifle rounds in his New York home. The software engineer was denied bail after the FBI searched his home and interviewed him about a series of threats about the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol they said he made on the social network Parler.
The New York resident vowed to travel to the nation’s capital and slice “a throat” at the Jan. 6 riot by Pro-Trump insurrectionist. Another post attributed to Florea threatened the life of U.S. Senator-Elect Raphael Warnock of Georgia. Though Florea is not a full member of the Proud Boys, he had not attended the requisite number of meetings, he traveled with a group to Washington in December when it vandalized a church.
Federal public defender Mia Eisner-Grynberg stated “Mr. Florea does not condone that behavior.” and dismissed his online posts as “blather”. In response, Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco J. Navarro said “This is not just rhetoric, this is rhetoric backed by action.” And Florea is “particularly dangerous in the current political environment.”
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sanket Bulsara agreed with the prosecution and ordered Florea held without bail, saying the evidence suggested “a premeditated plan to exact violence against people in New York and people in Washington.”