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Was an incel rioter just arrested for his role in the Capitol attack? The strange case of “Scuffed Elliot Rodger”

Christian Secor, in happier times

A UCLA student who sometimes called himself “Scuffed Elliot Rodger” online has been nabbed on assorted federal charges for his role in the January 6th attack on the Capitol, during which he was photographed sitting in Mike Pence’s seat in the Senate just moments after Pence was evacuated from the room.

According to an informant quoted in the FBI affidavit filed in the case, Christian Secor was laying low at his mother’s home in Costa Mesa California and bragging that he’d never get caught for his part in the Capitol attack.

Whoopsie daisy.

It’s not clear why Secor thought he’d get away with it. He showed up to the protest maskless and, according to the FBI affidavit, committed various federal crimes in front of a vast array of cameras, which caught him not only sitting in Pence’s chair but also helping a crowd break through the outer doors of the Capitol.

Not only that, but Secor is something of a celebrity on the UCLA campus, infamous for starting a far-right campus group, America First Bruins, associated with nationalist extremist Nick Fuentes. A piece on Secor that ran back in April of last year in the publication Ha’Am (“UCLA’s Jewish Newsmagazine”) described him as a “textbook” fascist, noting that his Twitter timeline was riddled with antisemitic tweets and that he once described fascism as “epic.”

It’s no wonder that eleven separate people sent tips on Secor to the FBI.

Secor’s world view seems to be a mashup of a number of different far-right ideologies. A stroll through tweets archived from his now-banned Twitter accounts make clear that his main allegiance is to Fuentes and his “Groyper” troll army. Topics range from the alleged evils of the Jews, to the magnificence of far-right commentator Michelle Malkin, to a declaration that “Vapor wave is the official music of our people.”

What about the incel label? While there are a few tweets that dabble in incel lingo it seems like Secor called himself “Scuffed Elliot Rodger” not so much in homage to the mass killer than as a sort of “trigger the libs” style joke; with only a few exceptions, his tweets aren’t misogynistic enough for Secor to be welcome in the incel movement. They have standards, you know.

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Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
1 year ago

@Victorious Parasol:

Some of us (like the Parasol household) have working stovetops.

The last time I looked, those guzzle 220VAC like there’s no tomorrow.

I suppose if you’re middle class enough to have a yard, and you have a barbeque, and you don’t run out of propane, you could use that, also to cook food.

I hope the political fallout from this devastates the right wing in Texas. Depends I guess on how many people buy the bullshit attempts to blame renewables, vs. how many see through it and recognize the cause in greedy utilities and right-wing policies like deregulation. Cruz’s little “I’m rich, so fuck you” trip to Mexico won’t help the right-wing cause, and neither will AOC offering aid despite being a New York State politician. When “foreign” states do more to help you than your own local (Republican) government …

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
1 year ago

@Surplus

Uh, it’s a gas stovetop. Like a lot of other stovetops here in Texas. In fact, there are way more gas ovens than electric ovens in this state. When we had no electricity, we were still able to cook on the stovetop. Because we had matches to light the burner.

If you’re going to fling poo at my state, please check your assumptions before you put another foot in your mouth.

ETA: And to put it more strongly, I spent several days last week wondering if my husband was going to die without his BI-PAP, so I am really not in the mood to be gentle or polite.

Last edited 1 year ago by Victorious Parasol
Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Surplus

The last time I looked, those guzzle 220VAC like there’s no tomorrow.

I suppose if you’re middle class enough to have a yard, and you have a barbeque, and you don’t run out of propane, you could use that, also to cook food.

Gas stoves are common in much of the US. Those don’t usually require electricity to operate.

Edit: Ninja’d by VP

I hope the political fallout from this devastates the right wing in Texas.

Unfortunately, Texas is gerrymandered heavily so it would be very hard for the right to lose power barring major social shifts.

Last edited 1 year ago by Naglfar
Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
1 year ago

Not at your state; at its Republican-dominated government.

There’s no provision for emergency access to power there for people who need powered medical gadgets? That seems like a serious oversight. One worth raising a major fuss about, even. Are there any protests about these things?

Lizzie
Lizzie
1 year ago

@alan, broiling a diplodocus would be a thankless task, surely they would be better cooked in a fire pit arrangement; mm, think of the yummy bone marrow

Lizzie
Lizzie
1 year ago

Naturally I am assuming the diplodocus died of old age after a long and happy life and was freshly found by non-vegetarians

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
1 year ago

I hope that neonazis will stay at least that unskilled at everything. They are dangerous enough as is.

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