A UCLA student who sometimes called himself “Scuffed Elliot Rodger” online has been nabbed on assorted federal charges for his role in the January 6th attack on the Capitol, during which he was photographed sitting in Mike Pence’s seat in the Senate just moments after Pence was evacuated from the room.
According to an informant quoted in the FBI affidavit filed in the case, Christian Secor was laying low at his mother’s home in Costa Mesa California and bragging that he’d never get caught for his part in the Capitol attack.
It’s not clear why Secor thought he’d get away with it. He showed up to the protest maskless and, according to the FBI affidavit, committed various federal crimes in front of a vast array of cameras, which caught him not only sitting in Pence’s chair but also helping a crowd break through the outer doors of the Capitol.
Not only that, but Secor is something of a celebrity on the UCLA campus, infamous for starting a far-right campus group, America First Bruins, associated with nationalist extremist Nick Fuentes. A piece on Secor that ran back in April of last year in the publication Ha’Am (“UCLA’s Jewish Newsmagazine”) described him as a “textbook” fascist, noting that his Twitter timeline was riddled with antisemitic tweets and that he once described fascism as “epic.”
It’s no wonder that eleven separate people sent tips on Secor to the FBI.
Secor’s world view seems to be a mashup of a number of different far-right ideologies. A stroll through tweets archived from his now-banned Twitter accounts make clear that his main allegiance is to Fuentes and his “Groyper” troll army. Topics range from the alleged evils of the Jews, to the magnificence of far-right commentator Michelle Malkin, to a declaration that “Vapor wave is the official music of our people.”
What about the incel label? While there are a few tweets that dabble in incel lingo it seems like Secor called himself “Scuffed Elliot Rodger” not so much in homage to the mass killer than as a sort of “trigger the libs” style joke; with only a few exceptions, his tweets aren’t misogynistic enough for Secor to be welcome in the incel movement. They have standards, you know.
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