BREAKING: Man Who Set Himself On Fire Outside Trump Trial Identified, Motive Uncovered - 'Start A F*cking Revolution'

The man who lit himself on fire outside the courthouse in New York City where President Donald Trump's trial is ongoing on Friday has been identified, and a possible motive has been uncovered.

The man, now identified as 37-year-old Max Azzarello, posted a manifesto online before he self-immolated that explained that he was doing the "extreme act of protest" to raise awareness of an "apocalyptic fascist world coup." His manifesto begins, "My name is Max Azzarello, and I am an investigative researcher who has set himself on fire outside of the Trump trial in Manhattan. This 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." In a final post to his Instagram account, Azzarello said he wanted to "start a f*cking revolution." 

Azzarello is a resident of St. Augustine, Florida, and he arrived in Manhattan in the last week. He filed a lawsuit last year against various high-profile members of society, including Mark Cuban, Richard Branson, the Clinton Foundation, and dozens of others. The lawsuit was dismissed for lacking standing.

The Florida resident set himself ablaze with gasoline at around 1:35 p.m. across the street from the courthouse in Collect Pond Park. Before the incident, he was seen handing out pamphlets of his manifesto to some of the pro-Trump protestors. He then proceeded to the middle of the park, threw pamphlets into the air, told bystanders to get away from him, and doused himself in gasoline as he pulled out his lighter. He was seen kneeling with his hands on his head. Several bystanders attempted to put out the flames but were unable to get close due to the heat. NYPD officers arrived at the scene after a few minutes and were able to smother the flames.

Paramedics rushed to the scene to care for the man, who was seemingly still alive. Azzarello was put into an ambulance and rushed to the Cornell burns center and is in critical condition.

The incident is the second self-immolation in recent months after Aaron Bushnell, a 25-year-old serviceman in the Air Force, lit himself on fire outside the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., to protest the war in Gaza.

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