As pictures continue to circulate online from Wednesday’s US Capitol revolt, several of the rioters who occupied the building during the declaration of the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden are being named by their employers and losing their jobs.
Navistar, a direct marketing firm in Maryland, reported that after he was photographed wearing his company ID badge inside the breached Capitol building, an employee was dismissed.
“While we respect all employees’ right to peaceful, lawful expression of free speech, any employee exhibiting dangerous conduct that threatens the health and safety of others could no longer have job opportunities with Navistar Direct Marketing,” the company said in a statement given to CNN.
After social media posts appeared to show him at the Capitol building, a Texas lawyer named Paul Davis is no longer employed at his firm, Goosehead Insurance.
“we’re all trying to get into the Capitol to stop this,” Davis says in one video.
Davis explained in more posts on Facebook that the entire time he was “peacefully demonstrating” and was not attempting to deliberately break into the Capitol.
I said, “Trying to get into the Capitol,” which means voicing a protest. He said, “Not in any violent way.”
A Twitter account belonging to the Westlake, Texas-based corporation on Thursday tweeted: “Paul Davis, Associate General Counsel, is no longer employed by Goosehead.”
Rick Saccone, a former delegate of the state of Pennsylvania, posted pictures on Facebook of himself outside the Capitol.
According to Michael Hustava, the institution’s senior director of marketing and communications, Saint Vincent College, where Saccone worked as an adjunct professor, immediately started an investigation.
“As a result of that inquiry, Dr. Saccone has submitted and now we have received his letter of resignation, starting immediately. He will no longer be involved with Saint Vincent College in any capacity,” Hustava said in a statement supplied to CNN.
“I decided to step down for the betterment of the school,” Saccone told the Tribune-Review, a Western Pennsylvania news outlet, about his resignation. “I’ve been there for 21 years. I didn’t want all this terrible media kerfuffle to taint the school. I decided it was better if I just resigned.”
Walter West, his sergeant-at-arms, was also suspended from his position by the Texas Republican Party after West made statements on Facebook supporting the siege of the Capitol.
“Whereas we vigorously support the First Amendment right to freely assemble, we condemn violence and pray for all gathering in our nation’s capital and those at the Capitol Building,” “The Texas GOP has always been on the side of law and order and will remain so.”
In a statement, West said his Facebook posts were “misinterpreted” and on “The People’s House,” he would never “advocate violence.”