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Jan. 6 Rioter Saw Pelosi as ‘Evil Incarnate,’ Friend Tells Jury

  • Guy Reffitt is accused of obstructing Congress while armed
  • Defense lawyer says Reffitt didn’t hurt anyone, take anything
This artist sketch depicts Guy Wesley Reffitt, left, in Federal Court, in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 28.
This artist sketch depicts Guy Wesley Reffitt, left, in Federal Court, in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 28.Photographer: Dana Verkourteren/AP Photo

The first Capitol rioter to go on trial harbored a deep hatred of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and believed the U.S. was “pretty much going down the tubes,” a friend who once belonged to the same right-wing militia group testified.

Guy Reffitt believed then-President Donald Trump was trying to save the country from “evil incarnate” Pelosi and repeatedly talked about his wish to forcibly remove lawmakers from office, Rocky Hardie told the jury Friday in Reffitt’s trial in Washington.