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EXCLUSIVE: 'This is awesome!' Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs pulls down his mask to reveal his face after entering the Capitol building during riots, but now claims he only entered to use the john and meant to say events were 'awful'

 Senior Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs was caught on camera at the Capitol riots.

Biggs, one of the top leaders of the far-right organization, can be seen in a video shared on right-wing social media site Parler striding inside the Capitol building with other rioters.

He is called out by his name then pulls down his face mask and declares: 'This is awesome.'

In the days before January 6, Biggs posted on Parler, a social media site popular among Trump supporters, about 'blending in', adding: 'We will not be attending DC in colors... You won't see us.' 

The Florida-based 37-year-old is a former staff member at the infamous conspiracy theorist TV show InfoWars and is one of the Proud Boys' most prominent leaders, acting as a registered agent for a corporation set up by the allegedly neo-facist organization, and has been pictured with Senator Lindsey Graham.

Biggs does not appear on the FBI's wanted list for alleged insurrectionists, but boasted about going to the Capitol in disguise ahead of the January 6 riots. 

But in an interview with DailyMail.com, Biggs claimed the only reason he went inside the building was because he 'wanted to take a piss.'


Senior Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs was caught on camera at the Capitol riots, DailyMail.com can reveal. He is called out by his name then pulls down his face mask and declares 'This is awesome'

Senior Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs was caught on camera at the Capitol riots, DailyMail.com can reveal. He is called out by his name then pulls down his face mask and declares 'This is awesome'

But in an interview with DailyMail.com, Biggs claimed the only reason he went inside the building was because he ¿wanted to take a piss'
When asked why he told other rioters in the video that being inside the Capitol was ¿awesome¿, Biggs said he meant 'awe-inspiring', but also ¿awful¿

But in an interview with DailyMail.com, Biggs claimed the only reason he went inside the building was because he 'wanted to take a piss'. When asked why he told other rioters in the video that being inside the Capitol was 'awesome', Biggs said he meant 'awe-inspiring', but also 'awful'

In the days before January 6, Biggs posted on Parler, a social media site popular among Trump supporters, about 'blending in', adding: 'We will not be attending DC in colors... You won't see us'

In the days before January 6, Biggs posted on Parler, a social media site popular among Trump supporters, about 'blending in', adding: 'We will not be attending DC in colors... You won't see us'

The Florida-based 37-year-old is a former staff member at the infamous conspiracy theorist TV show InfoWars and is one of the Proud Boys' most prominent leaders, acting as a registered agent for a corporation set up by the allegedly neo-facist organization, and has been pictured with Senator Lindsey Graham (pictured together)

The Florida-based 37-year-old is a former staff member at the infamous conspiracy theorist TV show InfoWars and is one of the Proud Boys' most prominent leaders, acting as a registered agent for a corporation set up by the allegedly neo-facist organization, and has been pictured with Senator Lindsey Graham (pictured together) 

'The entire time I was in there I felt bad, I didn't want to be there. I didn't touch anything, I didn't break anything, I didn't steal anything. There was no ill intent other than I really needed a f***ing piss,' he said.

'I went to the bathroom, washed my hands and found another cop and asked him 'how the hell do I get out of here?' He showed me the way out. I left and stayed outside. That's the only thing I did.'

When asked why he told other rioters in the video that being inside the Capitol was 'awesome', Biggs said he meant 'awe-inspiring', but also 'awful'.

He said he and the Proud Boys members he led at the event did not go with the intention of storming the Capitol Building.

The right-wing organization leader told DailyMail.com he had contacted the FBI of his own accord after the riots and scheduled a meeting with agents in Florida.

'I'm going to turn myself in. I've got nothing to hide. At the most they could get me for trespassing,' he said.

Biggs denied being a 'official leader' in his organization, though added that he was 'best friends' with Tarrio, organised marches, and saw himself as a 'leader of men'.

'I'm not a leader of the Proud Boys. I help organize events. I'm no leader in the group, I am a leader of men. But I'm not an official leader of the group,' he said.

In a post accompanied by a video shared on Parler, Biggs wrote: 'We will not be attending DC in colors. We will be blending in as one of you. You won't see us.

'You'll even think we are you. We are going to smell like you, move like you, and look like you. The only thing we'll do that's us is think like us! Jan 6th is gonna be epic.'

Joe Biggs speaks to followers before riot at the Capitol
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In a post accompanied by a video shared on Parler, Biggs wrote: 'We will not be attending DC in colors. We will be blending in as one of you. You won't see us. You'll even think we are you. We are going to smell like you, move like you, and look like you'

In a post accompanied by a video shared on Parler, Biggs wrote: 'We will not be attending DC in colors. We will be blending in as one of you. You won't see us. You'll even think we are you. We are going to smell like you, move like you, and look like you'

He added: 'The only thing we'll do that's us is think like us! Jan 6th is gonna be epic'

He added: 'The only thing we'll do that's us is think like us! Jan 6th is gonna be epic'

In the clip he posted, Biggs is wearing the same black and white American flag face mask as in the video that caught him in the Capitol

In the clip he posted, Biggs is wearing the same black and white American flag face mask as in the video that caught him in the Capitol

In the clip he posted, Biggs is wearing the same black and white American flag face mask as in the video that caught him in the Capitol.

The footage begins with rioters clambering through a window into the federal building and chanting 'Whose house? Our house.'

The woman filming shouts '1776 motherf***ers' - a reference to the American Revolutionary War. She turns to Biggs, dressed in a grey checked shirt and black beanie, and shouts 'Biggs what you got to say?'

Biggs briefly pulls up his grey US flag bandanna to cover his face, then pulls it down and grins, replying 'this is awesome' before storming forward into the building.

The Proud Boys leader was also photographed multiple times outside the building earlier in the day, in pictures now circulating on social media.

According to a lawsuit against the far-right organization, Biggs has previously posted online about violent protests.

The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church sued the group and its head, Enrique Tarrio, last month after the Proud Boys allegedly targeted them for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

The lawsuit said that ahead of an August 2019 rally in Portland, Oregon, Biggs 'posted videos of himself holding a spiked baseball bat, telling the camera: 'We're going to put this to good use.'

He also posed wearing a T-shirt that read: 'I'm Just Here for the Violence.'

The former radio talk show host has courted controversy, reveling in the attention the Proud Boys received after President Trump failed to denounce them in a presidential debate with Joe Biden. 

The Proud Boys leader was also photographed multiple times outside the building earlier in the day, in pictures now circulating on social media

The Proud Boys leader was also photographed multiple times outside the building earlier in the day, in pictures now circulating on social media

He said he and the Proud Boys members he led at the event did not go with the intention of storming the Capitol Building

He said he and the Proud Boys members he led at the event did not go with the intention of storming the Capitol Building

He is believed to be a friend of InfoWars host Alex Jones (pictured together) and worked for the show for seven years according to his Linkedin page ¿ even dressing up as a clown with full face paint and dancing behind Jones for a comedy bit in one episode

He is believed to be a friend of InfoWars host Alex Jones (pictured together) and worked for the show for seven years according to his Linkedin page – even dressing up as a clown with full face paint and dancing behind Jones for a comedy bit in one episode

When asked to condemn the group, Trump said: 'Proud Boys, stand back and stand by, but I'll tell you what, I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about [left-wing anarchist group] Antifa and the left, because this is not a right-wing problem.'

Soon after, Biggs shared a Proud Boys logo incorporating the words 'Stand back and Stand by' – and members even emblazoned the phrases on T-shirts.

Trump loyalist Lindsey Graham was criticized after Biggs shared a picture of himself dining with the senator at the Trump Hotel about a year ago.

In a sign of his seniority in the far-right organization, Biggs has reportedly appeared as a registered agent on company documents for a Proud Boys-owned corporation 'War Boys LLC'.

Daytona Beach-based Biggs' LinkedIn page claims he served as a U.S. Army staff sergeant for 10 years.

He lists his current job as working for Censored.TV, a subscription channel. However, he posted on the site in November that he was 'looking for work', and a year ago he was 'looking for a bartending job around Daytona Beach.'

He is believed to be a friend of InfoWars host Alex Jones and worked for the show for seven years according to his Linkedin page – even dressing up as a clown with full face paint and dancing behind Jones for a comedy bit in one episode.

The Proud Boys, labelled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, originally started as a joke by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes in 2016, naming it after the Aladdin song, 'Proud of Your Boy.'

It grew from gatherings of men in New York dive bars frustrated with politically correct culture, that 'usually consist of drinking, fighting, and reading aloud from Pat Buchanan's Death of the West,' according to McInnes.

As its numbers swelled to an estimated 6,000 members, the group became known for its 'Western chauvinism' – a mix of misogynist and anti-Muslim rhetoric, and for violent clashes with anti-fascist groups in New York and the Pacific North West.

Soon after, Biggs shared a Proud Boys logo incorporating the words 'Stand back and Stand by' ¿ and members even emblazoned the phrases on T-shirts

Soon after, Biggs shared a Proud Boys logo incorporating the words 'Stand back and Stand by' – and members even emblazoned the phrases on T-shirts

In a sign of his seniority in the far-right organization, Biggs has reportedly appeared as a registered agent on company documents for a Proud Boys-owned corporation 'War Boys LLC'

In a sign of his seniority in the far-right organization, Biggs has reportedly appeared as a registered agent on company documents for a Proud Boys-owned corporation 'War Boys LLC'

Pictured: Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an "End Domestic Terrorism" rally in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. The group includes organizer Joe Biggs, center in green hat, and Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio, holding megaphone

Pictured: Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an 'End Domestic Terrorism' rally in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. The group includes organizer Joe Biggs, center in green hat, and Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio, holding megaphone

In 2018 the FBI sent a warning to Washington police departments calling the Proud Boys an 'extremist group' that was recruiting in their areas and that members 'have contributed to the recent escalation of violence at political rallies held on college campuses, and in cities like Charlottesville, Virginia, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.'

An Oregon bureau chief later backtracked, saying they did not mean to label the group as extremist, and a spokeswoman said: 'Our focus is not on membership in particular groups but on individuals who commit violence and criminal activity.'

But violence has followed the Proud Boys across the country.

Seven members pleaded guilty to charges including riot, disorderly conduct and attempted assault after fights broke out with protesters at a Proud Boys event in New York in 2018.

After clashing with Antifa, Proud Boys members Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 40, were convicted of attempted gang assault, attempted assault and riot in August last year and sentenced to four years in prison.

Last year Portland Police arrested Proud Boys member Alan Swinney after he allegedly pulled a real gun on Black Lives Matter protesters, shot them with a paintball gun and sprayed them with mace.

Federal law enforcement have arrested several members of the organization who allegedly took part in the Capitol riot earlier this month, including Nick Ochs, founder of Proud Boys Hawaii, and member Bryan Betancur.

The group's unofficial uniform is a black and yellow Fred Perry polo shirt.

Membership of the Proud Boys is reportedly broken into four degrees. Men become first degree members by simply declaring: 'I am a western chauvinist, and I refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.'

To reach the second degree, members must demonstrate 'adrenaline control' by being beaten until they yell the names of five breakfast cereals.

Daytona Beach-based Biggs' LinkedIn page claims he served as a U.S. Army staff sergeant for 10 years

Daytona Beach-based Biggs' LinkedIn page claims he served as a U.S. Army staff sergeant for 10 years

He lists his current job as working for Censored.TV, a subscription channel. However, he posted on the site in November that he was 'looking for work', and a year ago he was 'looking for a bartending job around Daytona Beach

He lists his current job as working for Censored.TV, a subscription channel. However, he posted on the site in November that he was 'looking for work', and a year ago he was 'looking for a bartending job around Daytona Beach

A third degree member must get a Proud Boys tattoo and give up watching pornography or masturbating.

Fourth degree members suffer some hardship including being fired from their job for being a Proud Boy, being publicly 'doxxed' or identified as a member, or engaging in violence with Antifa.

The 2017 Unite the Right neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville that erupted in violence was organized by Proud Boy second degree member Jason Kessler.

After the rally, Kessler was expelled by then-president McInnes in an attempt to distance the group from white supremacism.

Though both McInnes and Tarrio have denounced racism, the former has a long history of incendiary public comments.

When a New York Press reporter asked him what he thought about his neighbors in his Williamsburg, New York, neighborhood in 2002, he said: 'Well, at least they're not n*****s or Puerto Ricans. At least they're white.'

On his show, McInnes has made several incendiary comments including calling women 'dumb'. 'Maybe the reason I'm sexist is because women are dumb. No, I'm just kidding, ladies. But you do tend to not thrive in certain areas — like writing,' he said in 2017.

McInnes has also said 'Palestinians are stupid. Muslims are stupid. And the only thing they really respect is violence and being tough,' and has referred to transgender people as 'gender n*****s' and 'stupid lunatics.'

Tarrio has previously released statements saying the Proud Boys has 'longstanding regulations prohibiting racist, white supremacist or violent activity' adding that 'we do not care what color you are or what your background is ... if you love America ... we consider you a brother.'

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