A gay man who rioted at the Capitol last week who was at first full of bravado about how he “proudly took back our Capitol” is contrite and afraid for his life just several days later.
Kristopher Dreww is a gay stylist who participated in last week’s MAGA riots in D.C. that left five people dead.
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“I just got back from storming the Capitol,” said Dreww in a video that went viral during the attack on the Capitol last week. “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.”
“I’m only at the hotel to get some gear on, I’m going back, baby. 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’re smart.”
Kristopher Dreww the “Adorable Deplorable” from Huntington Beach, CA confesses that he was part of the "patriot" insurrection today and that it was NOT antifa. pic.twitter.com/zuw1sEzHjy
— John Smith (@JohnSmithReads) January 7, 2021
Dreww is a hairdresser in Huntington Beach, California who is popular with the online right, in part due to his podcast. He goes by the name “Adorable Deplorable,” a reference to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 comments about how many of Trump’s supporters are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic,” who she called a “basket of deplorables.”
But it turns out that being a well-known participant in an attack on American democracy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In an interview with the Orange County Register, Dreww said that he drove all the way back to California and was receiving death threats along the way – from both opponents and supporters of Donald Trump.
“I’m scared,” he said, on the verge of tears. “I fear for my life.”
He told the newspaper that he truly believed he was going to a peaceful protest in D.C.
“I do regret not doing my research and not knowing what people were in there. I am proud we took back our house, but I thought we took it back peacefully,” he said about the protestors who violently pushed through the Capitol’s security and entered the building with bombs and other weapons while calling for Mike Pence‘s execution.
And he claims that he “never went inside the Capitol” and instead just ate sandwiches under a tree outside of the building.
“There are other people who did terrible things and should be arrested,” he insisted, explaining that he’s worried that he’s being investigated by the FBI. The FBI is not commenting on individual investigations.
Dreww said that after the riots, his loyalty to right-wing causes was questioned as Republicans accused left-wing activists of infiltrating their movement and engaging in violence at the Capitol.
“I am a real patriot and have rallied from Florida and Texas to DC and Portland,” he wrote in a post on Parler, a social media platform popular with the far-right.
“You think if we can get into this Capitol, imagine what we could do to our local capitol,” he added.
Dreww said that he’s also worried about his business, Hair By KristopherDreww. The business’s Yelp page has been flooded with negative reviews, many of them talking about his participation in the attempted coup.