Monday, January 25

They participated in the taking of the Capitol and lost their jobs


(CNN) — As images and social media posts from Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol circulate online, some people who were present have been identified and several have lost or quit their jobs because of it.

Navistar, a marketing company in Maryland, announced that an employee had been laid off after being photographed with his company identification badge inside the Capitol building.

“While we support the right of all employees to the peaceful and legal exercise of freedom of expression, any employee who exhibits dangerous behavior that endangers the health and safety of others will no longer have a job opportunity with Navistar Direct Marketing “The company said in a statement provided to CNN.

Who are the agitators who stormed the Capitol?

An unidentified Navistar employee (center right of photo), wearing a company insignia, was seen during the Capitol capture on January 6. Navistar has announced his dismissal.

A lawyer in the taking of the Capitol

A Texas attorney named Paul Davis no longer works at his company, Goosehead Insurance, after posts appeared on social media that showed him talking about his participation in Wednesday’s events. In one video, Davis says, “We are all trying to get into the Capitol to stop this.”

In other posts on Facebook’s Stories feature, Davis said that the entire time he was protesting “peacefully” and did not try to break into the Capitol. “I said ‘trying to get into the Capitol’, referring to giving voice to a protest. Not in a violent way, ”he wrote.

On Thursday, a Twitter account belonging to the Westlake, Texas-based company tweeted: “Paul Davis, Deputy General Counsel, is no longer employed by Goosehead.”

CNN reached out to Goosehead for further comment and was directed to a voicemail message that read: “The Goosehead worker involved in the Capitol is no longer employed.”

A still image from a video posted by Texas attorney Paul Davis outside the Capitol.

It is unclear whether Davis left the company or was fired. CNN reached out to Davis for comment, but did not receive a response.

Also a former legislator

Rick Saccone, a former Pennsylvania state legislator, shared images of himself outside the Capitol on his Facebook page. Saint Vincent College, where Saccone was serving as an adjunct professor, immediately began an investigation. This was reported by Michael Hustava, senior director of marketing and communications at the institution.

“As a result of that investigation, Dr. Saccone has submitted and we have accepted his letter of resignation, effective immediately. It will no longer be associated with Saint Vincent College in any way, ”Hustava said in a statement provided to CNN.

“I decided to quit for the good of the school,” Saccone told the Tribune-Review, a news outlet in western Pennsylvania, of his departure. I’ve been there for 21 years. I didn’t want all this terrible media confusion to affect the school. I decided it would be better to just quit.

Rick Saccone speaks with supporters on March 13, 2018 in Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania. He ran for Congress that year and narrowly lost.

Saccone, who posted video from the crowd on the grounds outside the Capitol building, stated in a Facebook post that everyone around him was “involved in a peaceful assembly based on the First Amendment.”

CNN has reached out to Saccone for further comment.

Lindsey Williams, a Pennsylvania state senator, shared a video that appeared to have been removed from Saccone’s Facebook page. In it, Saccone says: ‘They broke down the doors, they are spraying them with gas. We’re trying to kick out all the evil people out there and all the RINOs (Republicans in name only) who have betrayed our president. We are going to kick them out of their offices.

Other cases

Other Americans in positions of power are also being disciplined for their support of violence, even if they have not been on Capitol Hill. The Texas Republican Party removed Walter West, its Sergeant at Arms, from office after he made comments on Facebook in support of the Capitol siege.

“While we strongly support the First Amendment right to freely assemble, we condemn the violence and pray for all who gather in our nation’s capital and on Capitol Hill,” reads a statement on the Republican Party’s website. Texas. “The Texas Republican Party has always been on the side of law and order and will continue to be.”

In a statement, West said his Facebook posts were “misinterpreted” and that he would never “advocate for violence in ‘La Casa del Pueblo.”

West’s name and photograph do not appear on the list of leaders of the Texas Republican Party.

CNN’s Carma Hassan contributed to this story.

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