Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio suggests he may be 'running for office'

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio suggests he may be 'running for office'
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Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio recently suggested that he may take matters into his own hands to confront the grievances he has with lawmakers and the U.S. government.

During an interview with CNN, Tarrio expressed interest in overthrowing the current U.S. government as he revealed his interest in running for public office. "I think right now is the time to go ahead and overthrow the government by becoming the new government and running for office," Tarrio said, according to Newsweek.

He went on to discuss the civil unrest that erupted at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Since Tarrio was apprehended hours prior to the deadly riots, he was not present at the Capitol but members of the Proud Boys were. But despite their unlawful entrance into the federal building, Tarrio criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice as he argued that members of right-wing organizations were treated unfairly.

"They need a head to roll. They need heads on pikes," Tarrio said. "The FBI and the DOJ [are] using the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers as their go-to, to show the people that they did something."

Tarrio's latest remarks come just weeks after the siege on the U.S. Capitol. Shortly after the disturbing incident, members of the Proud Boys took to Telegram to boast about leaving lawmakers in "absolute terror" after the federal building was breached. However, Tarrio made it clear he is not concerned with lawmakers or how they felt amid the deadly riots.

"I'm not going to worry about people that their only worry is to be reelected, Tarrio told CNN. "I'm not gonna cry about people who don't give a crap about their constituents. I'm not going to sympathize with them.

Tarrio added, "When they support drone-bombing children in the Middle East ... [and] those people are dead and they're just cowering because a group of misfits came into the Capitol, I'm not going to be sympathetic."

Despite investigative reports about the Capitol siege, Tarrio claims "the Proud Boys 'absolutely' did not have a plan to try and overthrow the government on January 6." He also condemned the actions of fellow Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola who was caught on camera bashing in a window with a police shield.

"I don't think that he should have done that. I think it was completely wrong," Tarrio said. "But the other seven individuals were trespassing," he added. "I think that they got caught up with the entire crowd. And they made a poor decision to go in there."

At this point, it is still unclear what position Tarrio might seek if he does run for public office.

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