Headline RoundupApril 19th, 2024

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Courthouse Where Trump is on Trial

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A man set himself on fire outside the courthouse where former President Donald Trump’s trial is taking place.

For Context: Trump is currently in New York on trial for business fraud stemming from allegations that he covered up hush money payments made shortly before the 2016 election to an adult film star.

Details: The man has been identified as Max Azzarello, 37. Before setting himself on fire, he scattered pamphlets around the area titled “The True History of the World (Haunted Carnival Edition).” A substack account that appears to belong to Azzarello published a post earlier today titled “I have set myself on fire outside the Trump Trial.” This post describes the incident as an “extreme act of protest is to draw attention to an urgent and important discovery: We are victims of a totalitarian con, and our own government (along with many of their allies) is about to hit us with an apocalyptic fascist world coup.” Azzarello was taken away in an ambulance and was later pronounced dead.

Key Quotes: CNN (Lean Left bias) reporter Laura Coates was nearby when Azzarello started the fire. Speaking on camera, Coates said, “We are watching a man who is fully emblazoned in front of the courthouse today. We are watching multiple fires breaking out around his body and person. We have seen an arm that has been visible, that has been engulfed in total flames.”

How the Media Covered It: The story was widely covered across the media spectrum. Many outlets referred to Azzarello as a "conspiracy theorist."

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