After an angry mob of Donald Trump supporters attacked the nation’s Capitol on January 6, 2021, the vast majority of people who participated in the riot that left five dead were allowed to just…go home. Obviously, this was an extremely disturbing turn of events not just because it underscored the stark difference in how white and Black people are treated by law enforcement in the U.S., but because many of these individuals were armed and clearly all of them were dangerous. But on the positive side, a lot of the rioters were extremely stupid and in their haste to brag about taking part in an insurrection, accidentally outed themselves, leading to their own arrests.
One such individual was Richard Michetti who, according to The Washington Post, “allegedly took a break from the rioting to argue with his ex-girlfriend over text message.” Michetti reportedly sent his ex photos and videos of the mob—i.e. helpful evidence for the feds!—and after boasting that “we stormed the building,” engaged in some ole-fashioned mansplaining we assume is typical of his interactions with women. “If you can’t see the election was stolen you’re a moron,” Michetti wrote, according to court documents. Later that evening, he texted: “This is tyranny. They…told us ‘we rigged the election and there’s nuthin you can do about it’ what do you think should be done?”
And then this happened!
Michetti joins a growing group of rioters who’ve been turned in by ex partners. Last month, Larry Rendall Brock Jr., who was captured in photos wearing tactical gear and toting zip tie handcuffs on the Senate floor, was arrested and charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct after his ex-wife contacted the FBI and told them, “I just [knew] that when I saw this was happening, I was afraid he would be there. I think you already know he was there. It is such a good picture and I recognize his patch.” Not long after, Riley June Williams was charged with, among other things, disorderly conduct on Capitol property with an intent to disturb a session of Congress, after her ex-boyfriend told the FBI that Williams allegedly stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop and “intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service.”
Elsewhere, rioters have been reported by family members who’d come to the unfortunate realization they were related to someone who’d participated in an attempt to overthrow the government, while enterprising single people have used dating apps to sleuth out insurrection participants. Per the Post:
Anyway, Richard Michetti will probably think twice before texting his next ex from the scene of another insurrection. Or not, as he seems a bit slow on the uptake. But by the third time, he’ll probably have figured things out. Probably. Possibly. One can really never say for sure.
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