An upstate New York man caught on video smoking marijuana inside a senator’s office during last week’s assault on the US Capitol says he has no regrets about any of it.

Brandon Fellows, 26, a former grocery store worker who lives in a converted bus, said he went to Washington, DC, on Jan. 6 for President Trump’s rally outside the White House — but then got caught up in the march on the Capitol, according to a Bloomberg News report.

“I’m not missing this,” Fellows recalled telling himself. “This is history.”

He said he had never taken part in a march before but had soured on New York Democratic leaders over the state’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions — and failure to come through with an unemployment check for him. 

He said he arrived at the Ellipse, where the rally would take place, around 1 a.m. Wednesday and was one of the first Trump supporters on the line.

“We were there for one common cause, which is making a statement that the government is crushing us down,” Fellows said, adding that it “felt like family.”

He wore snow pants, a leather jacket with an American flag on it, and a knit hat that looked like a bearded knight’s helmet, Bloomberg said.

“This is the last stand,” he told a reporter before the president spoke. “I feel like I’ve seen a lot of the election fraud evidence, and I don’t understand why nothing is being done.”

After the speech, Fellows said he joined the march down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol.

“I was like, ‘Oh cool, there’s gonna be a march,’” he said. “I’ve never been in a march.”

When he saw protesters bash their way into the building, he followed — posting dozens of Snapchat videos during his 30 minutes inside. 

Before long, he found himself inside Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley’s office, which was trashed during the siege, smoking a joint someone handed him.

Fellows said he also quipped with cops, and said one “super cool” officer even showed him the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol. 

“Did I think I was going to get in trouble?” Fellows said. “Uh, no.”

“Obviously Trump started a movement in a way, but I think we started something even bigger by doing this,” he said. 

So far cops haven’t caught up with him, according to Bloomberg — but with federal and state law enforcement tracking down Capitol protesters from footage of the siege, he knows it’s possible.

“Do you think I’m going to federal prison?” he asked a reporter. “I was told federal prison is not fun.” 


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