John Sullivan, portrayed in the media as a liberal activist, has been arrested for his alleged role in the U.S. Capitol attack enacted by largely-white domestic terrorists. Sullivan, who is Black, faces three counts in connection to the so-called insurrection and has gained attention due to his assumed alignment with the left.
As reported by Salt Lake City-based outlet ABC4, Sullivan, 26, was arrested on Thursday (Jan. 14) and then charged in federal court. The three counts are entering a restricted building or grounds without authority; civil disorders; and violent entry or disorderly conduct.
A look on Sullivan’s webpage, most importantly the about section, revealed that he is the leader of Insurgence USA, which focuses on “racial justice and police reform” in the town of Sandy, a Salt Lake City suburb. Via Sullivan’s site, video of the Capitol attack is positioned front and center on the page and auto-plays across the entire homepage.
In fact, Sullivan enjoyed a significant media run last week as one of the first observers of the Capitol insurrection, with outlets like CNN gaining his perspective. Sullivan is thought to be the first to upload a video of the shooting of Ashli Babbitt, describing the grim details of her dying moments to CNN and others after she attempted to burst through a window into the Speaker’s Lobby.
Up until his arrest, Sullivan continued to show video of the attack from his vantage point, which carries close to his claims of being there to capture the events as a self-proclaimed video journalist. Sullivan added in subsequent public statements that he was simply there at the Capitol to see how the events would play out, and to even represent Black voices in the insurrection.
While on the surface it appears Sullivan was very much in line with his talking points if his Twitter feed stands as evidence, there are some on the left who claim he’s nothing more than an agent provocateur.
We’ve got the reactions from Twitter to John Sullivan’s arrest below.
— Jayden X (@realjaydenx) January 14, 2021
Photo: Tooele County Sheriff’s Office
Incredible thread, from Nov. 2020:
Before y’all go running with the narrative that John Sullivan belongs to the Left, he doesn’t.
He was ID’d as an infiltrator and an opportunist way back then.
He only believes in CHAOS.
THREAD BELOW:👇 https://t.co/q9nIb0BKwH
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) January 15, 2021
Anderson Cooper isn’t reporting on the John Sullivan arrest.
I wonder why.
— Errol Webber For CA Governor (@ErrolWebber) January 15, 2021
(NOTE) The website of John Sullivan’s “Insurgence USA” looks to me like a recently developed attempt to make the man look like a “leftist” activist. The site says *its entire reason for being* is to honor the life of…
Yes, it really says that. I smell a rat.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 15, 2021
Because there is controversy recently created by Ngo claiming John Sullivan’s presence in DC indicated BLM was responsible I am sharing this post to clarify for people. He isn’t BLM, Antifa, nor press. He is also proven connected to many far right individuals and groups as well. https://t.co/5cbZggte0l
— Cory Elia (@TheRealCoryElia) January 14, 2021
Authorities have charged John Sullivan, a self-described “left wing activist” for his role in the Capitol insurrection.
Let’s be clear: I do not care that he’s “left wing” & I won’t mince words. He must face justice, due process, & suffer the consequences of his insurrection.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) January 15, 2021
IMPORTANT CONTEXT regarding the John Sullivan narrative the far right is presently pushing.
John was repeatedly expelled from civil rights groups and protest movements for being a violent accelerationist and apolitical opportunist.
Thread from LAST YEAR👇🏽 https://t.co/XMkRrxpT1w
— The Sparrow Project (@sparrowmedia) January 15, 2021
The MAGAs are now trying to claim John Sullivan is a BLM Antifa mastermind and Jade Sacker is a CNN employee. Their proof? Well John himself says he’s antifa and their fellow MAGA buddies said she was CNN! With stunning sources like that who needs facts or proof?
— grant (@GBoyardee) January 15, 2021
Or using career-troublemaker “Activist John” John Sullivan as “proof” that “Antifa was behind the Capitol Riot” while ignoring all of the bugaloo bois arrested at the said BLM protests.
— Hubs (@MrThePuppy) January 15, 2021
Watch the John Sullivan trends and how the right-wingers will manipulate his ties to BLM and insurrection without doing any REAL research which will show the Left/activists wanted NOTHING to do with him last year. Well before the Capitol insurrection.https://t.co/67Gy4Jj8OV
— Jamal G (@livin_n_givin) January 15, 2021