This month has seen an influx of disgraced Capitol Hill rioters being publically named and shamed...
And the latest one to make headlines has done so for the involvement of his ex-girlfriend who outed him to the authorities after he decided to text her from the event.
And you thought your ex was bad.
Here's the full story...
Now, the events of January 6th remain etched upon the minds of us all.
As Congress convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden's election win, lawmakers were forced to shelter in place and evacuate as pro-Trump rioters broke into the U.S Capitol Building.
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building, breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"
The violence that ensued was nothing short of horrifying.
And, as rioters clashed with the few police officers that were present, the world watched on in sheer disbelief.
From the get-go, there were calls for the then-president, Donald Trump, to intervene.
He was repeatedly urged to appear on national television to order his supporters to stand down.
However, he instead issued a series of tweets...
GettyWhere he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
The whole situation was nothing short of disgraceful...
And now, nearly 2 months on, dozens of people have since been charged with firearms-related crimes and other offenses, including violent entry.
And, of course, many are seemingly having a change of heart.
"Capitol rioters express regret once they learn the might face consequences for their actions" lolzzzz— MitchinATL (@AtlMitchin) January 23, 2021
Despite their overwhelming loyalty to Donald Trump - I mean, they stormed the Capitol for him, for goodness sake - many of the rioters who were named and shamed for their role in the event have been coming forward with apologies.
Jacob Chansley, otherwise known as the "horn man," publicly spoke out against Donald Trump after being arrested and put in jail.
Chansley claimed that he and the other rioters were actively encouraged by the then-president...
His lawyer, Al Watkins, said:
"What's really curious is the reality that our president, as a matter of public record, invited these individuals, as President, to walk down to the Capitol with him. As to my client, the guy with the horns and the fur, the meditation, and organic food... I'm telling you that we cannot simply wave a magic wand and label all these people on January 6th the same."
Watkins said Chansley "regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the president, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made."
He then added that Chansley is willing to testify against Trump at his ongoing impeachment trial.
This sudden change of attitude is hardly surprising, is it?
Anyway, the latest rioter to be charged for his actions has made headlines for the most hilarious of reasons.
Rioter, Richard Michetti, was turned in by his ex-girlfriend.
I love these ex's. Yay for them!— Honkers, "Covid Hermit" (@canyonslm) February 25, 2021
And, obviously, people are loving the move.
Im sure Richard Michetti isn’t feeling quite so superior right now. https://t.co/2Rs29kVM9t— DC (@dcutler1958) February 25, 2021
Not a lot of smart people out here tryin' to date Richard Michetti.— Financial Tailor (@Financialtailor) February 25, 2021
"Who's the moron now, Dick?"— Winneker (@CraigWinneker) February 25, 2021
MAGA terrorist Richard Michetti was turned into the FBI by his ex after he called her a moron in a text. She is now known as FBI Witness 1. 👏🍷— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) February 25, 2021
Michetti had traveled to Washington from Pennsylvania to attend the riot...
And, rather stupidly, decided to text his ex-girlfriend while he was there.
He texted this:
"If you can't see the election was stolen, you're a moron. This is our country do you think we live like kings because no one sacrificed anything?"
"The vote was fraud [sic] and Trump won but they won't audit the votes."
He also sent a video from the Capitol.
Of course, his ex was less than impressed with the messages...
Standing on the Capitol steps on Jan. 6, Richard Michetti allegedly took a break from the rioting to argue with his ex-girlfriend over text message. After sending photos and videos of the mob and boasting how he had avoided tear gas https://t.co/ImxIuMqF4e— James Mitchell Ⓥ🐬 (@MesMitch) February 25, 2021
And, when the events of January 6th unfolded, she decided to take action.
Michetti's former partner provided the FBI with the text messages and videos a day after the January 6 insurrection.
"If you can’t see the election was stolen you’re a moron,” Capitol defendant Richard Michetti texted his ex, who would soon be better known as FBI Witness 1. https://t.co/gHNyIBJW5Q pic.twitter.com/R8PMvIC82N— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) February 24, 2021
She also identified him in other images that appear to show him inside the US Capitol.
The FBI also obtained a receipt showing that he checked into a DC hotel on January 5th and checked out a day later.
I hope this woman finds a man good enough for her, but I don’t think such a man exists. Boss move. 🇺🇸🥂👍😸— John Judy (@PapaJohnJudy) February 25, 2021
Capitol rioter Richard Michetti turned in by ex-girlfriend after he called her a ‘moron,’ feds say - The Washington Post https://t.co/pmXuWMYPTv
Michetti was later charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and obstructing the work of Congress.
He was arraigned February 25th at the US District Court in Philadelphia and released on bail, according to The Morning Call.
May this be a lesson learned folks - never notify your ex when you're storming the US Captiol.