On Thursday, 49 year old Ray Roseberry of Earl, North Carolina parked a pickup truck laden with explosives outside of the Library of Congress, only a four minute walk from the United States Capitol.
Roseberry claimed in a since-removed Facebook Live that there were enough explosives to decimate two and a half city blocks and demanded to speak to President Joe Biden.
Before negotiators convinced Roseberry to surrender, he'd repeated common conservative talking points, including the suggestion that the 2020 election was stolen.
Roseberry said in part:
"I just got chose for the job. Unlike you. This ain't about politics. I don't care if Donald Trump ever becomes president again. I think y'all Democrats need to step down. Y'all need to understand people don't want you there."
In a video posted on Tuesday, he vowed:
"Once this dickhead Biden's out of office and the Democrats sitting down there in the f**king jailhouse, our president's gonna be Donald Trump, and this is no limit on his pardons."
Roseberry also lamented the loss of healthcare coverage for him and his wife.
A search of his social media revealed he'd "liked" multiple conservative Facebook pages, including that of Donald Trump and Fox News. He'd also frequently promoted conservative talking points on his social media, having shared a video in support of Donald Trump Jr. just the day before, claiming that America "will take care of the talaban [sic] after we take care of ours".
But in reporting on the incident, the conservative Fox News network claimed there was "no word on a possible motive."
Incredible -- Fox News just reported "no word on a possible motive" for DC bomb threat suspect Floyd Ray Roseberry,… https://t.co/0tzRAKfD10— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1629429701.0
Fox host Jackie Ibanez told viewers:
"Law enforcement did not find a bomb in the vehicle, but say they collected possible bomb making materials. So far, no word on a possible motive."
People found Fox's glossing-over of the topic absurd.
FAUX News trying hard to twist the narrative/flip the script as they do best when it comes to Domestic Terrorism.… https://t.co/DkpKsc2WtC— The Talented Mr. Silva ♍️🇳🇮 (@The Talented Mr. Silva ♍️🇳🇮) 1629470685.0
This network is so effing frustrating. https://t.co/JIbfM5jFrQ— Frank Galpin (@Frank Galpin) 1629465928.0
The Sedition Party's media @FoxNews knows what's up and will do whatever is necessary for power. https://t.co/s0XAQINvyw— As things fall apart, remember how we got here. (@As things fall apart, remember how we got here.) 1629430056.0
Fox News reported, “No word on a possible motive,” when Floyd Roseberry had live-streamed his pro-Trump rant for ho… https://t.co/hubnbqcjfE— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@Duty To Warn 🔉) 1629479159.0
Sadly, people weren't surprised.
Make sense since they are actually in part responsible. Of course they want to change the narrative! It’s literally… https://t.co/ggblAdUefK— man w/o face (@man w/o face) 1629474427.0
And the whitewashing began immediately… typical https://t.co/XBapU63zRa— Nimrata’s Covfefe breath… (@Nimrata’s Covfefe breath…) 1629480395.0
This is not remotely surprising. https://t.co/YfpdXQu0lQ— Steve Singiser (@Steve Singiser) 1629430129.0
Roseberry remains in custody.