“I’ve been tear-gassed three times,” McDonald said in one video taken inside the Capitol. “Three times.”
“Me too,” a male voice replied. “But we broke, we broke through.”
Outside the Capitol, they told an independent video journalist the protest was peaceful, omitting the part about the gassing and the breached barricades.
“They were so nice to us,” McDonald told the Young Patriot Society in a video posted to YouTube and TikTok.
Kidd, who was charged alongside McDonald, was not part of the plea agreement prosecutors made with McDonald. His lawyer would not comment on the status of his case. McDonald’s attorney did not return a call seeking comment.
McDonald is the fifth of Georgia’s 17 Jan. 6 defendants to plead guilty. The three who have pleaded to misdemeanors were not charged with violent crimes but admitted they entered the Capitol illegally.
In a separate court hearing Wednesday, another defendant, 39-year-old Jonathan Davis Laurens of Duluth, announced his intention to accept a plea deal. Laurens faces multiple misdemeanor charges related to his entry into the Capitol, but details of the plea deal were not made public.
A plea hearing in his case was set for Feb. 2.