Tesla, X, and Space X CEO Elon Musk condemned the arrest of Siaka Massaquoi, a California-based actor and activist, who was arrested at the airport over the weekend while returning home from the premiere of Daily Wire’s Lady Ballers.
Massaquoi — who has contributed to the conservative news site Red State and appeared in videos for Prager U Daily Wire and other outlets — was arrested on four misdemeanor charges related to “trespassing” and “parading” in the Capitol on January 6. For these crimes, Massaquoi was arrested in front of his pregnant wife and perp-walked through the airport nearly three years after the January 6 Capitol protests.
According to California-based activist Lori Mills, Massaquoi was placed in shackled and leg irons before being arraigned alongside drug dealers and violent criminals. The FBI previously raided his house in the weeks following the protests, though charges were not brought until two years later.
Massaquoi’s arrest has sparked outrage among conservatives and drawn attention from Elon Musk, who wrote “this has gone too far” in response to a news report on his arrest.
This has gone too far
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2023
“I couldn’t believe this when I heard it. This political persecution can’t be allowed to continue,” said the Babylon Bee’s Seth Dillon. He then linked to a GiveSendGo fund for Massaquoi’s legal defense, which has raised $44,101 in donations as of this report.
In total, the Biden Department of Justice has charged more than 1,400 Americans over the January 6 Capitol protests and minor riot. The FBI continues to utilize pre-dawn SWAT raids for non-violent trespassers while at least four defendants have committed suicide over the excessive charges they were facing.
No similar measures have been used against left-wing protesters who stormed the White House and dozens of federal buildings across the nation during the Black Lives Matter riots in 2020.