U.S. Capitol protestor from Niskayuna: 'I have one regret' | WNYT.com

U.S. Capitol protestor from Niskayuna: 'I have one regret'

Dan Levy
Updated: February 14, 2021 01:13 AM
Created: February 13, 2021 11:56 PM

SCHENECTADY - When NewsChannel 13 sat down for a chat with Brandon Fellows on Saturday afternoon, he wore the same fake beard and sunglasses he had on at the U.S. Capitol the day of the insurrection.

"I don't regret most of what I did in there," Fellows said.

Fellows is a graduate of Niskayuna High School.

He insists he didn't know he wasn't supposed to be inside the Capitol, and he says Capitol Police officers invited him and others into the building on that infamous afternoon. He also says he has video evidence to prove it.

"A lot of us did wait until we had permission from police to go in," he said. "The general sentiment among most people was don't be violent, don't destroy things, and don't steal things."

Fellows says, at one point, he wandered into Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley's office and put his feet up on a table, as he and others passed around what appeared to be a marijuana joint.

"I do regret potentially smoking what may have been weed," he said. "I think that discredits me and makes me look stupid to a lot of people. And also it's not something I want to be sharing with my future children."

Fellows is facing two misdemeanors -- entering the Capitol unlawfully and disorderly conduct. He believes he didn't do anything for which he should be severely punished. He also fears he could become a victim of the divisive times in which we live.

"These people have, as I like to call it, Trump Derangement Syndrome and [they think] anybody who supports Trump is a terrible, terrible person," he said.

Fellows says Donald Trump's political opponents are trying to dehumanize the former president's supporters, "just as Hitler did with the Jews."

When asked if he considered Capitol rioters to be patriots or seditionists, Fellows said he thinks the British government thought of colonists who took part in the Boston Tea Party as insurrectionists, which he considers analogous with the events of Jan. 6.

Fellows is due back in federal court Feb. 24.

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