The riot at the Capitol made international news twenty times over.
On Wednesday, January 6, in response to the President, his family and others at a morning rally egging them on as well as statements made by Republican members of Congress, rioters breached the Capitol building.
They caused a full lockdown to go into effect as Congress was convening to certify the electoral votes declaring President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election in the House and Senate. Five people—including a Capitol police officer—died as a result.
#FBIWFO is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying those who made unlawful entry into U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6. If you witnessed unlawful violent actions contact the #FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit photos/videos at https://t.co/NNj84wkNJP. https://t.co/iSeA3UMeyz pic.twitter.com/TW7fma4QDE
— FBI Washington Field (@FBIWFO) January 8, 2021
And social media has been more than happy to oblige this request.
One woman pulled zero punches and has begun identifying members of her family.
Citing she was kicked out and disavowed by her own family multiple times as a liberal lesbian, Helena Duke (@duke_helena) immediately identified her family members in various photos and videos across the internet.
Her mother appeared in a video taken January 5, 2021 in downtown Washington DC getting punched after repeatedly harassing and assaulting a Black woman in uniform—identified as Ashanti Smith—who was filming the pro-Trump protest on her cellphone. Smith was misidentified as a member of law enforcement, but is not a police officer.
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 video shared by right-wing Freedom News shows a brief moment of Duke’s mother trying to grab the phone of the uniformed Black woman, Ashanti Smith.
Looks like your mom strikes the cop and the cop strikes/defends herself. Then the guy in the middle strikes/shoves the cop. Seems like a clear case of self defense on the cops part.@DCPoliceDept @CapitolPolice @fbi @DHSgov pic.twitter.com/vaXxpMXxHt
— DeezNutz® 🇺🇲 🇲🇽 (@DeezNut64325575) January 8, 2021
A GoFundMe was created to cover legal fees and living expenses for the woman.
According to the GoFundMe post:
“My name is Ashanti. I am a 28-year-old Black woman who lives in the DMV AREA [metropolitan Washington DC].”
“I recently was assaulted, attacked and harassed by a group of Trump supporters on Black Lives Matter Plaza in DC on January 5th, 2021. A video has surfaced where I was surrounded by a group of Trump extremists, and I honestly feared for my life.”
“The video makes me look like I am the aggressor, but it does not show what happened prior to my defending myself.”
“People shoved me, tried to take my phone and keys, yelled racial epithets at me, and tried to remove my mask. I asked them to social distance and stay out of my personal space due to COVID.”
“They refused, and I was afraid of being hurt and harmed. After being assaulted, I defended myself.”
“I am now facing criminal charges. I have also been relieved from my employment pending an investigation, which places me in a hardship.”
People applauded Duke for naming names.
The insurrection in Washington forced many to expose where their true loyalties lie.