NBC News reports:
A Donald Trump fan who participated in the Jan. 6 attack and then was the subject of a conspiracy theory on Tucker Carlson’s former Fox News show was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday. Rally Runner, formerly known as Daniel Donnelly Jr., was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri, according to court records. Runner faces five federal charges, including obstructing, impeding, and interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder.
Back in 2021, Joseph McBride, a lawyer who was then representing several Jan. 6 defendants, said on Carlson’s show that Runner was “clearly a law enforcement officer” and an “agent provocateur” who had only dressed up as a Trump fan as part of a scheme to make Trump fans look bad. McBride, when first informed of Runner’s real identity in late 2021, said he did not “need to be right” in everything he claimed, and that he was “theorizing things” and trying to win the public relations battle.
St. Louis’s ABC affiliate reports:
A St. Louis man who earned the nickname “Rally Runner” for running around Busch stadium with his face painted red during Cardinals baseball games has been federally indicted on charges related to the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol — which include helping rioters attack police officers.
Donnelly was wearing red face paint, sunglasses, a red “Make America Great” hat, a red jacket, red pants or red shorts and red high socks at the Lower West Terrace doorway of the U.S. Capitol building, known as the tunnel, according to the documents.
Photos and videos from the Capitol show Donnelly helped the crowd pass a ladder to the tunnel, obtain a riot shield from other rioters and continue to make his way through the crowd towards the tunnel, according to the documents.
A Donald Trump fan who participated in the Jan. 6 attack and then was the subject of a conspiracy theory on Tucker Carlson’s former Fox News show has been arrested by the FBI. https://t.co/rJi3CqAzAp
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 2, 2023
The feds have arrested Rally Runner, the St. Louis Cardinals mascot that Tucker Carlson viewers think / Tucker Carlson suggested is a fed.
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 2, 2023
Daniel Donnelly Jr., known to St. Louis Cardinals fans as “Rally Runner,” has been arrested and charged w/ a felony count in connection w/ Jan. 6. (h/t to @ryanjreilly who was way ahead on this one)
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) August 2, 2023