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Stephanie Keith/GettyA right-wing activist known for his unwavering support for former President Trump has been charged for participation in the Capitol riots.Brandon Straka, 43, has been charged with several crimes, including impeding a law enforcement officer during civil disorder and engaging in disorderly conduct with the intent to disturb a hearing before Congress, for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. The former New York City hairstylist and self-described “former liberal,” is best known for starting the “WalkAway Campaign,” which urged voters to leave the Democratic Party, in 2018. He was also banned from American Airlines last year after refusing to wear a mask on a flight amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, prosecutors state Straka posted several photos and videos during and after the riots.“Also—be embarrassed & hide if you need to- but I was there. It was not Antifa at the Capitol. It was freedom-loving Patriots who were DESPERATE to fight for the final hope of our Republic because literally, nobody cares about them. Everyone else can denounce them. I will not,” he wrote in one Jan. 6 tweet. In a Jan. 7 video discussing the insurrection, Straka states: “We went to this event in which Donald Trump spoke. The plan was always to go to the Capitol. We were going to march from that event...to the Capitol, and there going to be another rally. I was one of the speakers slated to speak at the Capitol.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.