What we know about Max Azzarello, the conspiracy theorist who set himself on fire outside Trump trial

Police identified Max Azzarello, a conspiracy theorist, as the man who set himself on fire outside the courthouse where former President Donald Trump was being tried in his hush money case.

Azzarello resides in St. Augustine, Florida, and traveled to New York, without his family knowing, in the last week, police said in a press conference. Around 1:30 p.m. Friday, he walked to an area near where Trump supporters were protesting, threw pamphlets from his backpack, doused himself in an accelerant, and lit himself on fire.

The fire burned for roughly two minutes before he was sprayed with fire extinguishers. He was taken away on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital.

Azzarello was active on Instagram, posting a message saying “I love you” repeatedly shortly before he lit himself on fire. A survey of his account, with posts
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