A gay man claims he's received death threats after participating in last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Kristopher Dreww, a 32-year-old hairdresser from Huntington Beach, Calif., and a far-right activist, shared his fears in a recent interview with The Orange County Register.
"I’m scared,” he said. “I fear for my life.”
Dreww, who is also known as the "Adorable Deplorable" on social media, a handle referencing Hillary Clinton's disparaging term for supporters of President Trump, had initially gloated about his involvement in the Wednesday uprising in Washington, D.C., in a now-viral video on social media.
“I just got back from storming the capitol,” Dreww exclaimed in the video. “It was successful. For all you bitches on Facebook going crazy talking about it was Antifa, and saying it wasn’t us, it was us. We proudly took back our capitol. ... They brought the National Guard out for us and shit. We had the fucking cops running from us. Not because they are bitches but because they are smart!”
However, to the Register, Dreww claimed he was initially unaware of the extent of the violence and destruction in the riot, in which at least five people died, as well as any plans to incite mayhem. “I do regret not doing my research and not knowing what people were in there,” Dreww said. “I am proud we took back our house, but I thought we took it back peacefully.”
In the new interview, Dreww claimed he never went inside the capitol building and that the closest he got was the lawn, where he ate sandwiches with a nurse and a teacher. He said he left when Ashli Babbitt, a rioter from San Diego, was killed by police.
Dreww fears that the FBI could investigate or arrest him for his participation, but he claims that he is innocent of any major wrongdoing. “I am a waste of time [for an investigation], but there are other people who did terrible things and should be arrested,” he said. “I didn’t go to Washington for Donald Trump. I went there for everyone’s vote to count.”
After the uprising, Dreww drove back from D.C. to Huntington Beach. Along the way, he said he received threats both from critics and supporters of President Trump, who had reiterated false claims of voter fraud to the crowd before it was driven to violence. He now fears his beauty salon will go out of business in retribution.
A spokeswoman for the FBI declined to tell the Register whether Dreww is under investigation.