Bruno Cua’s mother – an 18-year-old Georgian who stormed the US Capitol, pushed a cop and entered the Senate Chamber with a baton after traveling to DC with his parents for the rally of Donald Trump – told a federal judge on Wednesday that she felt “stupid” for accepting the former president’s lies about mass electoral fraud.
Alise Cua and her husband, Joseph Cua, took their teenage son to Washington for the “Stop the Steal” rally, in which the then president and his allies tried to pressure lawmakers to cancel 2020 presidential election results based on false conspiracy theories of mass electoral fraud. Afterwards, the family members went to the Capitol and illegally entered restricted grounds. The younger Cua entered and pushed an officer into the Senate chamber.
Since her son was arrested, Alise Cua testified at a hearing before a federal judge in Washington on Wednesday she had spent time “feeling, frankly, just stupid for believing what I believed.”
“I really should have known better,” she said, adding that she and her son felt “ridiculous” for believing the former president’s lies about electoral fraud.
Bruno Cua, who is currently being held in Oklahoma on his way to Washington, has been in government detention since last month when a federal judge in his home state of Georgia ruled that his parents were inappropriate guardians and that Cua should be detained until trial. Joseph Cua had testified at a hearing in Georgia – a day before the Republican senator’s voter to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial – that he was “embarrassed” that he and his family had bought into conspiracy theories about a stolen election.
Alise Cua testified on Wednesday that she was also embarrassed by her belief the election was stolen from Trump, who lost the popular vote by 7 million votes and the Electoral College vote by a wide margin.
“I just ask for mercy and forgiveness,” Alise Cua told the court. “We are ready to do absolutely whatever the court wants.”
Alise Cua’s voice broke as she pleaded with a federal judge to send her son home until his trial.
“We are completely broken and honestly and sincerely remorseful for the hearts of our beings, and we ask for a chance,” testified Alise Cua.
U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss said he would examine the evidence in the case in more detail and did not immediately rule on whether Bruno Cua would remain in custody before his trial.
Bruno Cua’s lawyers – Jonathan Jeffress and William Zapf – argued in an emergency motion that Trump had given his supporters “an illegal and impossible task – to prevent Congress from certifying election results.” They wrote that Trump and his surrogates “have repeatedly sowed the seeds of distrust in the democratic institutions of this country, claiming that the presidential election was stolen from him.”
Bruno Cua, his lawyers wrote, was “a protected and vulnerable teenager whose view of the outside world largely revolved around social media.”
The government argued that Bruno Cua should be held until his trial given his rhetoric and lack of remorse even after the Capitol attack, as he continued to use violent takeover rhetoric government by force.
“The tree of freedom must often be watered with the blood of tyrants. And the tree is thirsty, ”he wrote on January 7 under the name Parler @PatriotBruno. “WE THE PEOPLE have the right to stand up and overthrow a tyrannical government.” He wrote in another article that “there will be no ‘warning shot’” the next time people rise up. And he wrote on Jan. 8 that everyone in Congress “is a traitor to the people and deserves a public execution.”
“This case is not like any other,” Assistant US Attorney Kimberly Paschall told court on Wednesday. “The government has now brought about 300 cases to the district court. This one is one of the most terrifying.
Paschall said few defendants made it so clear – as Bruno Cua did in several social media posts on Talk – what would happen in Washington on January 6.
“There are few other defendants who have declared their intentions so clearly and so knowingly on social media before showing up on January 6,” Paschall argued. “He knew exactly what was going to happen when we weren’t.”
Paschall pointed to an article in which Bruno Cua warned others not to bring guns to Washington due to the city’s gun laws. She said Cua’s parents were “inappropriate” guardians given their knowledge of his behavior.
“His parents were fully aware that he was in possession of a weapon, fully aware that he was inside the building, fully aware that there was an altercation with an officer in plain clothes, and they did haven’t done anything about it, ”Paschall said. “They didn’t do anything.”
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