An 18 year-old girl disowned by her family for supporting Black Lives Matter identified her mother and other relatives as suspected US Capitol rioters. Helena Duke, from Worcester in Massachusetts, shared screengrabs of her mother Therese, as well as her aunt and uncle, on Twitter, and says she has no regrets about doing so.
Helena’s original tweets read: ‘hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn’t go to BLM protests bc they could get violent…this you?’
In a separate tweet, with more photos attached, Helena added: ‘Hi this is the liberal lesbian of the family who has been kicked out multiple times for her views and for going to BLM protests to care what happens to me so: Mom: Therese Duke Uncle: Richard Lorenz Aunt: Annie Lorenz.’
Helena also shared a separate photo of herself with her mother, to confirm Therese Duke’s identity. Her mom was seen clashing with a black woman, Ashanti Smith, in a video shared widely online, with Smith now charged for punching Therese Duke.
Explaining her motivation. Helena said: ‘If I did nothing, I felt I was as bad as them.’ Theresa Duke has since been fired from her job at UMass Healthcare hospital in Worcester.
She has not yet been charged, although Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said anyone involved in rioting or storming the Capitol will face action.
Last Wednesday’s riots were sparked after President Trump addressed a crowd of supporters urging them to protest against his election loss to Joe Biden.
Hundreds of those supporters then traveled the short distance to the Capitol, overrunning the building and sending lawmakers overseeing Biden’s certification hearing fleeing to safety.
Five people were killed, including a police officer, with President Trump now facing impeachment proceedings over claims he incited the violence.
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