A New Jersey man who was among the many dozens arrested on the Capitol final Wednesday mentioned the violent flip of occasions was “silly,” a report mentioned.
Leonard Guthrie Jr., a Center Township resident, admitted to a number of media retailers that he crossed a police line outdoors of the Capitol in an act of civil disobedience, however mentioned he was not a part of the constructing breach.
Guthrie, a self-described road preacher, advised NJ.com that he went to the nation’s capital to “pray for honesty and integrity.”
Talking with The Press of Atlantic Metropolis, Guthrie advised the newspaper, “This wasn’t about getting in and destroying the constructing. It had nothing to do with that.”
Guthrie was arrested at about 1:50 p.m. and famous that his bust got here after a pro-Trump mob forcefully overtook the Capitol constructing.
“I’ve nothing to say about that aside from they shouldn’t have completed that. That was fallacious. That was silly,” Guthrie advised The Press of Atlantic Metropolis of the siege.
Guthrie, who was charged with illegal entry, mentioned he was inside a holding cell for hours as chaos ensued within the constructing, with lawmakers in lockdown and vandals wreaking havoc inside unoccupied places of work.