These Capitol Rioters Didn’t Exactly Get Fired On Their Day Off But They Damn Sure Did Because Of How They Spent It
Odd way to use your PTO.
by Jon Greig
January 14, 2021 at 4:07 pm
Social media has been flooded with footage from the Jan. 6 domestic terrorist attack on Capitol Hill that resulted in six deaths, the desecration of the Capitol Building, and the second impeachment of President Donald Trump.
But thanks to the avalanche of video from the incident, much of it from domestic terrorists themselves, social media sleuths have been able to spot family members, bosses, co-workers and others they know from their hometowns.
On Monday, the FBI said they had already charged dozens of people and planned to dole out hundreds of more charges related to the attack, noting that this was far from just a simple protest gone wrong. Those who participated in the attack were organized, killed a police officer and brought a variety of weapons ranging from pipe bombs to Molotov cocktails and guns.
Even those who have not yet been charged are facing consequences for taking part in the riot, with multiple people losing their jobs due to the backlash.
Here are a few of the Trump supporters who somehow managed to get fired not exactly on their day off but because of the deplorable way they spent it.
The man who wore his work badge during the insurgence
One of the most notable firings was of a man who actually wore his work badge to the terrorist attack. While social media was not able to find his name, they were able to identify the company he worked for, Navistar Direct Marketing.
He became well known because he was seen in photos standing next to Jacob Chansley, a man wearing a Viking costume during the attack.
The company did not name him, but local Maryland news outlet WWLTV reported that he had been fired for his role in the attack.
"Navistar Direct Marketing was made aware that a man wearing a Navistar company badge was seen inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 during the security breach. After review of the photographic evidence the employee in question has been terminated for cause," the company wrote on Facebook.
"While we support all employee’s right to peaceful, lawful exercise of free speech, any employee demonstrating dangerous conduct that endangers the health and safety of others will no longer have an employment opportunity with Navistar Direct Marketing."
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 7, 2021
Surprisingly, another former employer of his did not hold back in identifying on Instagram as Nicholas Rodean, according to Vox.
The "this you" mom
Another story that garnered a huge response online was of the 18-year-old who called out her mother, aunt and uncle for participating in a violent demonstration the night before the attack on the Capitol.
Her aunt punched a Black cop in the face and has been charged for it, but as Blavity previously reported, her mother, Therese Duke, has also lost her job.
hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn’t go to BLM protests bc they could get violent…this you? https://t.co/9ZkbAq0ehO
— Helena Duke (@duke_helena) January 7, 2021
The Boston Globe reported that since the video gained so much traction online, Duke was fired from her job at UMass Memorial Health Care.
The company released a statement on Twitter.
“Over the past 24 hours we have received numerous expressions of concern through social media regarding a UMass Memorial caregiver who may have been involved in this week’s violent events at the nation’s Capitol,” the statement said. “That employee is no longer a part of our organization.”
The guy who actually filmed himself at the Capitol
Local Texas news outlet KHOU11 reported that a number of Texans have been fired from their jobs since being seen in videos or photos from the attack on Congress.
Goosehead Insurance fired lawyer Paul Davis after he posted a lengthy video of himself at the terrorist attack.
This is Paul Davis. Paul is a lawyer. He’s also associate general counsel & director of human resources at Goosehead Insurance. Today he stormed the capitol building in an attempt to stage a coup against the US government and documented it (!) on Instagram. @followgoosehead
— Roger Sollenberger (@SollenbergerRC) January 7, 2021
"Paul Davis, associate general counsel, is no longer employed by Goosehead," the company wrote on Twitter.
The former Pennsylvania representative
Former Rep. Rick Saccone was forced to resign from his position as an adjunct instructor at Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania, according to the Tribune-Review.
“I decided to resign for the betterment of the school. I’ve been there for 21 years. I didn’t want all this terrible media kerfuffle to tarnish the school. I decided it would be better if I just resigned,” Saccone said.
He posted multiple photos and videos of himself at the terrorist attack on Facebook before deleting everything once he realized what would happen to him. But the internet never forgets.
Former @PAHouseGOP Rep Rick Saccone has either deleted his Facebook post bragging about storming the Capitol or changed privacy settings. Either way, here it is along with pic showing off his fellow “patriot” @PASenateGOP Senator @dougmastriano being there, too. pic.twitter.com/xXlGXP6y3P
— Lindsay Drew (@LindsayforPA106) January 6, 2021
The tech company CEO
Although Black people were not surprised at all, many online were confused to find a number of CEOs and relatively wealthy people who had participated in the terrorist attack.
Chicago CEO Bradley Rukstales was removed as head of tech company Cogensia, according to The Chicago Tribune, after he was arrested by the Department of Justice and slapped with a number of federal charges.
Rukstales seemed to realize his mistake once he made it back to Chicago, calling it “the single worst personal decision of my life” when he was confronted by a local news station.
The Chicago real estate agent
A Chicago real estate agent, Libby Andrews was also fired from her gig after sharing dozens of photos of her breaking into the Capitol Building, according to The Chicago Tribune.
“I had no idea people were breaking in and that destruction was happening. It was like a party. There was nothing negative going on at all,” she said, despite photos shared by the newspaper of her at the riot.
— @properties (@properties) January 7, 2021
The contractor from Iowa
Doug Jensen, a 41-year-old man from Des Moines, Iowa, was fired from his job at Forrest & Associate Masonry after the FBI hit him with five serious charges related to the assault on the Capitol Building, according to local outlet KCCI.
The UFC Hall-of-Famer
One of the more notable firings was of Pat Miletich, a former UFC fighter and hall-of-famer who was working as a color commentator for Legacy Fighting Alliance.
After he was seen at the attack, he took to Instagram to claim there was no violence, even though six people died and dozens of police officers were injured, according to Yahoo News.
Of course Pat Miletich was in DC on Jan 6th. pic.twitter.com/nVp1yayVAp
— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) January 11, 2021
The firefighter from Sanford, Florida
The fire department identified him as Andy Williams.
MPD seeks assistance in identifying persons of interest responsible for Unlawful Entry offenses that occurred yesterday on US Capitol Grounds, 100 block of 1st Street, NW.
More photos: https://t.co/i2Hbv1bkPh
Have info? Call (202) 727-9099/text 50411 pic.twitter.com/yWIPEaxxFW
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) January 7, 2021
The Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel
Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendell Brock Jr. was also removed from his position at Hillwood Airways, a Dallas company owned by Ross Perot Jr.
“I can also confirm he no longer works for the company. Hillwood Airways has not released additional statements on this topic,” Hillwood spokesman James Fuller told Courthouse News Service.
#BREAKING: Feds arrest Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, of Grapevine. The USAF vet with zip-ties, combat gear on Senate floor during deadly U.S. Capitol riot. Charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct @CourthouseNews
— David Lee (@davejourno) January 10, 2021
Brock Jr. became one of the most noticed members of the mob because he was stalking around the Capitol Building with zip-tie handcuffs intending to take members of Congress hostage. He was eventually identified by The New Yorker.
The Texas Republican Party sergeant-at-arms
Walter West, the sergeant-at-arms for the Republican Party of Texas, was terminated from his position after he took to Facebook to express his support for the attack on Congress.
Despite writing as if he attended the attack, he later said he never went.
— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) January 6, 2021
"The Republican Party of Texas in no way endorses Walter West's statement about the lawlessness occurring at the Capitol Building. He will be removed as Sergeant-at-Arms for the Party," according to a statement the party sent to CBS News and posted on Twitter.
CNN reported that a number of police departments and public schools are now reviewing video after reports that members of their staff attended the arrest, and more firings are sure to come as the FBI and Justice Department announce more charges.