When one teen spotted her mom as the Capital Hill riots, she decided to out her for her actions.
And although it was a difficult choice, she says she doesn't regret it. Keep scrolling for the full interview where she reveals all...
What would you do if you saw your mom wreaking havoc in the Capitol building?
Would you be torn between making them face justice and wanting to protect them?
Well, one teen was able to make that decision straight away.
After seeing her mom on video at the Capitol riots, she chose to out her - a decision that she says she doesn't regret.
Keep scrolling to find out why...
Now, where do we even start when it comes to the Capitol Hill riots?
It all started on January 6th when President Donald Trump held a "Save America" rally in Washington D.C, just a few miles away from the White House.
Thousands of his eager supporters were there listening to and latching on to every word that came out of Trump's mouth.
Trump's refusal to concede to the winner of the 2020 election, Joe Biden, seems to have fuelled the anger amongst his supporters...
I interviewed a Trump supporter at a 'Stop the Steal' protest LIVE on the BBC after Joe Biden won. It was...hectic pic.twitter.com/dOmQKlOQJJ— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) November 8, 2020
And right now, the overwhelming presence of far-right extremists is more apparent than ever.
The president repeatedly told his crowd that he was "the real winner" and how they need to "take the election back"...
Before finally telling them to "go down to the Capitol building" and "fight like hell for our country."
He even said he'd be there alongside them which, of course, he didn't mean literally.
This resulted in thousands of his supporters, all armed with MAGA merchandise and Trump flags, storming down to the U.S Capitol building and breaking in...
Were hell was well and truly unleashed.
A joint session of Congress was underway to certify Joe Biden's election win when the rioters made their way into the building.
“Glass is all over the place.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shows Lesley Stahl the destruction in her office after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, some of them in search of Speaker Pelosi. https://t.co/lZbCRGlV5P pic.twitter.com/GbDo2pEEQI— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 11, 2021
Thankfully, all members of the House and staff were safely evacuated but this didn't mean things were over.
People began smashing down windows and doors, looting valuable items, and even breaking into Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office and taking some of her personal posessions.
And to make things even more terrifying...
Text messages were later discovered from one of the rioters describing his plans to "shoot and run over" Nancy Pelosi.
Thankfully, these terrible plans didn't go ahead - but it just goes to show the alarming ideologies and ambitions held by many of the people present on that day.
5 people tragically died as a result of the riots...
And more than sixty police officers and security guards were greatly injured from trying to stop the violent rioters and get them out of the building.
The scenes were truly apocalyptic...
And President Trump was called on again and again to issue a televised statement telling his supporters to put an end to the violence.
In the end, he issued a series of small tweets where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
He eventually tweeted a video telling his supporters to "go home"...
🇺🇸 Donald #Trump eventually gave a statement via a recorded video, repeating his false claim that the election was stolen but asking supporters to "stay peaceful".— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) January 7, 2021
Several hours later he called for the crowd to "go home" before adding: "We love you. You’re very special," ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/u7qgrnJYKh
All while reminding them that they're "very special" and that he "loves them."
Of course, this wasn't taken well by the very shaken-up members of Congress and it really didn't help that Trump was refusing to take responsibility for the riots.
The president's reluctance to take responsibility then lead to him being suspended indefinitely from all major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram...
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Of course, we all know how much Trump loved to run his mouth on Twitter, so this was a huge deal.
Things just seemed to be getting worse and worse for Trump...
And alongside hundreds of his supporters being arrested and charged for their involvement in the riots, Congress were having some serious talks about what to do about his lack of concern over the violence caused by his army of followers.
It didn't take long for Pelosi to prepare a vote to impeach Trump for the second time in his first presidential term...
And even though Vice-President Mike Pence refused to invoke the 25th amendment, which is what would have removed Trump from office immediately, it was voted shortly afterward to go forward with the impeachment.
On the afternoon of January 13th, President Trump was officially impeached, making him the only president in U.S history to be impeached more than once.
The final vote was 232-197, as per The Guardian, though the matter is yet to go before the Senate which will decide whether he should be convicted and removed from office.
Trump broke his silence just hours after the House of Representatives charged him with inciting an insurrection against the government by releasing a speech - all while reversing his tone about the crisis.
In the prerecorded remarks, posted late on Wednesday afternoon, he "unequivocally condemn[ed]" last week's deadly riot at the Capitol and went on to call for cooler heads and cooler words and a sense of national unity to prevail.
Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement. 'Making America great again' has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement, and upholding our nation's most sacred traditions and values. Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for."
Since the riots happened, hundreds have been held accountable for their actions.
From CEO's to retail employees, many have been outed and even arrested for their participation.
One mom was even outed by her daughter after she was spotted in video footage from the riots.
Helena Duke caught her mom at the Capitol Hill riots after a video circulated online of her being punched in the face.
Helena tweeted about her relationship to the woman and soon went viral, outing her mom in the process.
hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn’t go to BLM protests bc they could get violent...this you? https://t.co/9ZkbAq0ehO— Helena Duke (@duke_helena) January 7, 2021
Speaking with Teen Vogue, Helena revealed how it was hypocritical of her mom to attend the riots after she told Helena that she could not attend the Black Lives Matter protests as "she believed BLM was a violent organization."
She said, "I was told by my mother that I wasn't allowed to go because she believed BLM was a violent organization."
for those that don’t believe it’s my mother... pic.twitter.com/jbSQysEZZ0— Helena Duke (@duke_helena) January 7, 2021
"The fact that she ended up going to [what became a] violent storming of the Capitol, harassing a woman and getting punched in the face, but when I went to peaceful protests, nothing happened to me."
The eighteen-year-old's mom told her that she was having a medical procedure done on the day.
mom I think you mean to say that powerful black woman punched you for harassment... https://t.co/yITQZ5DWhT— Helena Duke (@duke_helena) January 7, 2021
Speaking to TMZ about the very strange scenario, she said, "She actually told me that she was going to get a medical procedure done with my aunt… I think she knew what she was doing was wrong, maybe."
Helena revealed to TMZ that she believes her mom was radicalized by Donald Trump, particularly as she'd been a Democrat her whole life prior to Trump's first term.
She said how "unsettling" it was that her mom switched from a lifelong Democrat to far-right Republican.
Despite publicly identifying her mom, Therese, who has since lost her job at a Massachusetts hospital, Helena does not regret it.
"I have gone through a little bit of guilt, but seeing as I really think what they did was horrific… I think it's almost liberating what I did, because my mum has been very mentally abusive my whole life and this was it kind of going public, how she's treating me, so I don't think I have any regrets," she said.
You can see her interview with TMZ below:
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