North Texas realtor Jenna Ryan, who took a private plane to Washington D.C. to participate in the riot that breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6, turned herself in to authorities this Friday. She has since been charged with “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority” and “disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds,” according to a criminal complaint.
Speaking to CBS11, Ryan said that President Trump gave her an excuse to be there.
“I just want people to know I’m a normal person, that I listen to my president who told me to go to the Capitol,” she said. “That I was displaying my patriotism while I was there and I was just protesting and I wasn’t trying to do anything violent and I didn’t realize there was actually violence.”
During the rally before the violence, President Trump gave a speech where he told the audience, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” later adding, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them.”
In her interview, Ryan went on to “apologize for all of the families that are affected by any of the negative environment.”
“I’d just like to say I really love people and I am not a villain that a lot of people would make me out to be, or people think I am, because I was a Trump supporter at the Capitol,” she continued.
With a possible prison sentence looming over her, Ryan is really hoping for a pardon from Trump.
“I think we all deserve a pardon. I’m facing a prison sentence,” she said. “I think I do not deserve that and from what I understand, every person is going to be arrested that was there, so I think everyone deserves a pardon, so I would ask the President of the United States to give me a pardon.”
Watch her interview with CBS11 below:
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