Pro-Trump Mob Treated In A Different Way Than Black Protestors
UPDATE: According to a criminal grievance gotten by E! News, Olympian Klete Keller was formally charged on Wednesday, Jan. 13 in a federal court with obstructing police, knowingly entering or remaining in a limited building or grounds without legal authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct.
For more information on Keller’s participation in the riots, read our story below.
Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller appears to have actually been present at the U.S. Capitol Hill riots on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
In video footage shared by a reporter for conservative commentary site Townhall, the previous expert swimmer appears among a group of rioters pressing back against police in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. According to The New York Times, a number of former colleagues and coaches of Keller said they acknowledged the athlete in the video since of his big stature and the Team U.S.A. jacket he was using.
Those who acknowledged Keller told the NYT that they reported him to federal authorities, who have recently apprehended individuals who apparently took part in the destruction of federal residential or commercial property.
Multiple sources informed the NYT that Keller was a self-professed advocate of President Donald Trump on social media. Nevertheless, the professional athlete, who passed the username @Kleteco on Instagram, has disabled his account.
E! News connected to the International Olympic Committee and Hoff & Leigh, where Keller is currently employed. Hoff & Leigh decreased to comment on the matter, while the IOC did not react to an ask for remark.
In a declaration to E! News, a representative for U.S.A. Swimming stated, “We respect personal individuals’ and groups’ rights to in harmony object but in no other way excuse the actions taken by those at the Capitol last week.”
Trump fans resisted after Capitol Police relocated to retake the Rotunda. pic.twitter.com/4e7mNyqWZy
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 6, 2021
In reaction to Keller’s alleged actions, social media users are calling on the IOC to strip the swimmer of his medals. Today.
Following his time on the Olympic group, Keller faced difficulty in his personal life, having divorced his partner in 2014.
In 2018, he informed USA Swimming that he struggled to pay child support and lived out of his Ford Fusion, explaining, “I didn’t understand where to go, since I didn’t actually have anywhere to go, so I just traveled to see the most essential individuals in my life, trying to find guidance and instructions.”
” Within a matter of a few years, I went from Olympic gold medalist to husband, property owner, guy with a series of sales tasks– life insurance, software application, medical devices, financial items– and dad of three, and I had an actually difficult time accepting who I was without swimming in my life,” he informed the company at the time. “Swimmer had actually been my identity for most of my life, and then I quickly transitioned to other functions and never offered myself time to get comfortable with them.
( This story was formerly published on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 3: 52 p.m. PST.)