Mark Sahady and Sue Ianni are two extremely patriotic Americans who are facing charges due to peacefully attending President Donald Trump’s rally in Washington, DC on January 6th.
The duo have long been the subject of contempt and scorn from the left for their organization, Super Happy Fun America, that made headlines for their Straight Pride Parade in Boston with grandmaster Milo Yiannopolous.
Sahady is an Army combat veteran who served in Afghanistan. Ianni is a mother of three and local conservative activist. Both live in Massachusetts.
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Speaking to the Gateway Pundit, Sahady said that his group had been chartering busses for people in New England who wanted to attend the Stop the Steal protests and support the president. For the rally on the 6th, the group teamed up with a few other organizations and helped to charter a whopping 11 busses to help transport roughly 500 people to see Trump’s speech.
Following the speech, Sahady and his group went to find a place to eat lunch, but nothing was open. They ended up following the crowd — who was walking into the Capitol through unobstructed open doors.
The group was there to peacefully protest, as leftists have done in the Capitol countless times, notably, during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
When they were approached by police who said that they would not be arrested or charged if they left, Sahady and Ianni say they complied. They maintain that they were not engaged in any violence and they are not charged with anything alleging that they were.
“After we walked around the corner when we got inside, one of the officers said ‘if you leave now nothing will happen to you’, and we left,” Sahady said.
However, in the early morning on January 19th, nearly two weeks after the protest, both were arrested by the FBI at their homes. Sahady recognized the agents from photographing conservative events he organized over the years.
Alarmingly, the FBI allegedly tried to coerce Sahady to speak to them without a lawyer, saying that it would hurt his case that he asked for one.
“Between the FBI and the local police, there were at least 10 people in my apartment. Some of them had their hands on their holsters. They took me to the local police station and the FBI slid a paper in front of me and said ‘sign this so we can talk.’ I said I did not want to sign anything without my lawyer, or talk to you without a lawyer. They told me ‘this will reflect poorly on your release hearing,’” Sahady said.
Ianni was brought to the jail in Boston, where she was placed in leg irons. Sahady was brought to a federal prison in Rhode Island, where he was held for three days.
In the meantime, the FBI had ransacked his home for eight hours. They not only took things relevant to January 6, but also Super Happy Fun America materials like posters and flags.
“Those guys had been following us for about three years, standing at a distance and taking pictures. I know they have been looking at me, but I’ve never done anything illegal. Now was their chance to get into my house,” he explained.
Additionally, Sahady believes that the FBI went to his employer and he subsequently lost his job. They also spoke to his reserve unit, as he is still active in the military.
Like Jesus Rivera, a conservative documentarian who is being charged for doing journalism at the Capitol on January 6, Sahady said that he absolutely believes that his military service will be used against him by the prosecution.
Not content with him losing his livelihood and possibly his freedom — Antifa militants have also created a website aimed at running Sahady out of his town.
They have also been putting up flyers with his and Ianni’s faces and accusing them of outrageous things throughout their neighborhoods in an extended harassment campaign.
In a fundraiser for the activists, the description states that “as a result of what appears to be a political prosecution they are now burdened with large legal expenses. Please help them with these costs if you are able to do so. They would also greatly appreciate your prayers. All donations will be applied to legal fees.”
Both are charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and unlawfully entering a building.
Those who wish to donate and help support their legal fight can do so here.