Jenna Ryan made the DA’s job easier.
Examining the evidence used against Ms Ryan, a 50-year-old real estate agent in North Texas who stormed the Capitol on January 6, it becomes clear that she had no intention of obscuring her actions. That day.
She not only posted a video on social media saying “We’re going to come down and storm the Capitol,” but then posted another, longer video in which she shows her face to the camera and says her full name all the way. by advertising her business – and the fact that she will break federal law by participating in an attempted insurgency.
“We’re going to come in here. Life or death, it doesn’t matter. Here we go.” She said, according to court documents. “You all know who to hire for your real estate agent, Jenna Ryan for your real estate agent.”
Upon arriving at the Capitol, Ryan posted a photo on social media, showing himself – decked out in a knitted beanie bearing Donald Trump’s name – standing next to a window smashed in the attack.
Prosecutors claimed she entered Capitol Hill with the thousands of other Trump supporters who attacked police and destroyed doors and windows that day. They claim that she chanted “USA, USA” and could be heard saying they were there “in the name of Jesus”.
She would later call it “one of the best days of my life” in a Twitter post.
It wasn’t long before Ryan found himself in custody. On January 15, she went to the FBI for disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds. She initially tried to downplay her involvement in the riot, saying it was not “illegal to stand next to a broken window”. Ryan even condemned the violence of the event, but his remorse was too little, too late.
Two months later, she gave up on the remorse schtick and instead decided to double down on her actions – a move that might have been misguided given she still had to stand trial and face possible conviction.
“I certainly won’t go to jail.” she tweeted famous. “Sorry, I have blonde hair, white skin, a great job, a bright future, and I’m not going to jail.” Sorry to rain on your hate parade. I did nothing wrong.”
Although she allegedly didn’t do anything wrong and was convinced she wouldn’t see the inside of a jail cell, Ryan – mobbed by federal prosecutors and the press – appealed for a higher power for deliverance.
“President Trump, I want you to know that I was a real supporter of yours and I think you won the election,” she said in an interview with NBC News. “I believe in America and I believe in your values. And I was not a violent protester and I would ask you to forgive me for this crime.”
Mr. Trump made the deal.
In August, Ryan finally gave in and – faced with the mountain of evidence against her the prosecution had gathered – pleaded guilty to his misdemeanor charges.
Three months later, a federal judge handed down his sentence. Ryan would spend 60 days in jail and pay a fine of $ 1,500, of which $ 500 would go to the architect of the Capitol.
With her conviction behind her, Ryan no longer feels any remorse for her actions – to do so would be a “thought crime,” she claims – and to lie about the Capitol Riot.
In a recent interview, Ryan said William Joy of the WFAA that the riot was a peaceful event, and that the press had misinterpreted its image.
“It was a nice red flag parade, it wasn’t the violence you see on the news,” Ryan said. “It was very quiet. “
Ryan herself admitted to the violence just a week after the attack, as she released a statement saying “I was not part of the violence”.
She told WFAA that she is preparing for her time in prison by watching YouTube videos about prison life. She said she plans to do “a lot of yoga” while incarcerated because she “has already written a book.” Unfortunately for Ryan, his book – apparently a stand-alone reading – was dropped by his publisher.
Ryan’s jail term will begin in early January 2022.