Capitol Rioter Arrested After Bragging To Unimpressed Bumble Match Who Turned Him In
- The Department of Justice has charged a New Yorker named Robert Chapman with trespassing and disorderly conduct on restricted government property for his participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
- Chapman bragged about attending the riot in messages to a user he matched with on the dating app Bumble.
- That user then reported him to the FBI, which later corroborated his claims by comparing his profile image to footage from police body cameras.
- Authorities also discovered selfies Chapman took from inside the building and other incriminating posts he shared on Facebook, including one that said, “I’M F**KING INSIDE THE CAPITOL.”
Captiol Rioter Charged
The Justice Department has charged a Capitol rioter on Thursday who was turned in by someone he matched with on the dating app Bumble.
The rioter, a New York resident named Robert Chapman, was bragging to the user about his participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“I did storm the capitol. I made it all the way into Statuary Hall,” Chapman wrote according to screenshots of the conversation published in court documents.
He then went on to boast about interviews he gave The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. “We are not a match,” the other Bumble user replied.
Other Incriminating Evidence
Prosecutors said the user then reached out to the FBI and shared the conversation.
Investigators then corroborated Chapman’s claims by comparing his profile picture to body camera footage from officers at the Capitol.
Video showed Chapman standing inside Statuary Hall using his cellphone camera to record the crowd.
According to screenshots in the court filings, Chapman also posted to Facebook before the insurrection, saying that he was traveling to the “District of Criminality,” referring to Washington, DC.
On the day of the attack, he allegedly posted, “I’M F**KING INSIDE THE CAPITOL.”
The FBI said he even changed his profile picture to a selfie in front of a painting inside the Capitol.
He also posted images of himself flashing a peace sign inside Statuary Hall and another selfie that showed the painted ceiling of the Capitol Rotunda’s dome.
Additionally, another woman posted a Facebook photo of him at the Capitol, writing, “My Dear friend and Brostar Robert made it in the Capitol building at the protest yesterday…Wooo Hooooooooo!!!!”
NBC New York reported that Chapman was arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct on restricted government property. According to court records, Chapman was released Thursday by a federal magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York.
He now joins the list of Capitol rioters who have incriminated themselves with social media posts about their crimes.
So far, more than 390 people have been charged with federal crimes in connection with the attack.
According to CNN, most Capitol riot defendants who aren’t charged with violent crimes— including Chapman — have been released from jail before trial.
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White Supremacist Propaganda Reached Record High in 2022, ADL Finds
“We cannot sit idly by as these extremists pollute our communities with their hateful trash,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said.
White supremacist propaganda in the U.S. reached record levels in 2022, according to a report published Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League’s Center of Extremism.
The ADL found over 6,700 cases of white supremacist propaganda in 2022, which marks a 38% jump from the nearly 4,900 cases the group found in 2021. It also represents the highest number of incidents ever recorded by the ADL.
The propaganda tallied by the anti-hate organization includes the distribution of racist, antisemitic, and homophobic flyers, banners, graffiti, and more. This propaganda has spread substantially since 2018, when the ADL found just over 1,200 incidents.
“There’s no question that white supremacists and antisemites are trying to terrorize and harass Americans with their propaganda,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “We cannot sit idly by as these extremists pollute our communities with their hateful trash.”
The report found that there were at least 50 white supremacist groups behind the spread of propaganda in 2022, but 93% of it came from just three groups. One of those groups was also responsible for 43% of the white supremacist events that took place last year.
White supremacist events saw a startling uptick of their own, with the ADL documenting at least 167, a 55% jump from 2021.
Propaganda was found in every U.S. state except for Hawaii, and events were documented in 33 states, most heavily in Massachusetts, California, Ohio, and Florida.
“The sheer volume of white supremacist propaganda distributions we are documenting around the country is alarming and dangerous,” Oren Segal, Vice President of the ADL’s Center on Extremism said in a statement. “Hardly a day goes by without communities being targeted by these coordinated, hateful actions, which are designed to sow anxiety and create fear.”
“We need a whole-of-society approach to combat this activity, including elected officials, community leaders, and people of good faith coming together and condemning this activity forcefully,” Segal continued.
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Adidas Financial Woes Continue, Company on Track for First Annual Loss in Decades
Adidas has labeled 2023 a “transition year” for the company.
Adidas’ split with musician Kanye West has left the company with financial problems due to surplus Yeezy products, putting the sportswear giant in the position to potentially suffer its first annual loss in over 30 years.
Adidas dropped West last year after he made a series of antisemitic remarks on social media and other broadcasts. His Yeezy line was a staple for Adidas, and the surplus product is due, in part, to the brand’s own decision to continue production during the split.
According to CEO Bjorn Gulden, Adidas continued production of only the items already in the pipeline to prevent thousands of people from losing their jobs. However, that has led to the unfortunate overabundance of Yeezy sneakers and clothes.
On Wednesday, Gulden said that selling the shoes and donating the proceeds makes more sense than giving them away due to the Yeezy resale market — which has reportedly shot up 30% since October.
“If we sell it, I promise that the people who have been hurt by this will also get something good out of this,” Gulden said in a statement to the press.
However, Gulden also said that West is entitled to a portion of the proceeds of the sale of Yeezys per his royalty agreement.
Adidas announced in February that, following its divergence from West, it is facing potential sales losses totaling around $1.2 billion and profit losses of around $500 million.
If it decides to not sell any more Yeezy products, Adidas is facing a projected annual loss of over $700 million.
Outside of West, Adidas has taken several heavy profit blows recently. Its operating profit reportedly fell by 66% last year, a total of more than $700 million. It also pulled out of Russia after the country’s invasion of Ukraine last year, which cost Adidas nearly $60 million dollars. Additionally, China’s “Zero Covid” lockdowns last year caused in part a 36% drop in revenue for Adidas compared to years prior.
As a step towards a solution, Gulden announced that the company is slashing its dividends from 3.30 euros to 0.70 euro cents per share pending shareholder approval.
Adidas has labeled 2023 a “transition year” for the company.
“Adidas has all the ingredients to be successful. But we need to put our focus back on our core: product, consumers, retail partners, and athletes,” Gulden said. “I am convinced that over time we will make Adidas shine again. But we need some time.”
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Immigration Could Be A Solution to Nursing Home Labor Shortages
98% of nursing homes in the United States are experiencing difficulty hiring staff.
The Labor Crisis
A recent National Bureau of Economic Research paper has offered up a solution to the nursing home labor shortage: immigration.
According to a 2022 American Health Care Association survey, six in ten nursing homes are limiting new patients due to staffing issues. The survey also says that 87% of nursing homes have staffing shortages and 98% are experiencing difficulty hiring.
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) outlined in their paper that increased immigration could help solve the labor shortage in nursing homes. Immigrants make up 19% of nursing home workers.
With every 10% increase in female immigration, nursing assistant hours go up by 0.7% and registered nursing hours go up by 1.1% And with that same immigration increase, short-term hospitalizations of nursing home residents go down by 0.6%.
Additionally, the State Department issued 145% more EB-3 documents, which are employment-based visas, for healthcare workers in the 2022 fiscal year than in 2019, suggesting that more people are coming to the U.S. to work in health care.
However, according to Skilled Nursing News, in August of 2022, the approval process from beginning to end for an RN can take between seven to nine months.
Displeasure about immigration has exploded since Pres. Joe Biden took office in 2021. According to a Gallup study published in February, around 40% of American adults want to see immigration decrease. That is a steep jump from 19% in 2021, and it is the highest the figure has been since 2016.
However, more than half of Democrats still are satisfied with immigration and want to see it increased. But with a divided Congress, the likelihood of any substantial immigration change happening is pretty slim.