Reality TV star Lawson Bates and his brother Trace were depicted with American flags on their faces at the Capitol rally on Wednesday, but Lawson then claimed he was not involved at all.
The Bringing Up Bates star wrote on Twitter that he and his brother were attending a pro-Trump event in Washington, DC's Ellipse Park.
He then denied any involvement in the siege of the Capitol, despite photographic evidence to the contrary of Bates and his brother taking selfies with fellow Trump supporters.
Reality TV star Lawson Bates was pictured at the rally in front of the Capitol
Lawson then denied along with his brother that they had participated in the storm on the Capitol
"Idk if anyone will see, but this man was with the Trump Mob in DC … His name is Lawson Bates," the original tweet read.
"He's a singer + on the TV show that Bates spawns," the tweet writer continues.
"I'm sorry you didn't do the research (or maybe you liked the truth and just didn't like it), but this was a peaceful public event in the Ellipse, not the Capitol buildings," wrote Lawson, 28, in response a woman who accused him of "domestic terrorism".
"We haven't been there and have ALWAYS strongly condemned violence, as we still do," he said.
Another person on Twitter interfered and called him "sad". allegedly "inciting violence" in which his brother jumped in his defense.
Despite wearing American flag face masks, it wasn't long before the couple were identified
Twitter users quickly phoned the Bates brothers who accused them of participating in domestic terrorism
"He has the right (just like any American) to go to a public event peacefully, and it is disgusting and completely inaccurate for someone to assume that they have attended something else."
It was Twitter users who identified the brothers on social media with some who were promoting the network they are on. UPtv therefore canceled their show Bringing Up Bates, which documents the lives of Trace, Lawson, their parents and their 17 siblings.
"Have you heard the news?" Laura Ojeda Melchor tweeted in response to a Twitter ad.
& # 39; Lawson and Trace Bates were both at the Trump coup today. You filmed yourself there. #cancelthebates & # 39;
"@UPtv do you support domestic terrorism?" Twitter user Elizabeth KCMO added.
"Lawson and Trace Bates stood in the middle of the mayhem outside the Capitol today."
& # 39; Americans have a right to peaceful protest; You have no right to violence! & # 39; Lawson insisted. "We didn't go to the Capitol at all, and anyone involved in violence should be prosecuted."
Other low-level celebrities present at the rally included Britney Spears' ex-husband Jason Allen Alexander, who was pictured outside the Capitol building in a Trump 45 hat at the rally.
Alexander, who was married to the singer for just 55 hours, shared selfies from Washington DC at the protest.
It is unknown if he was part of the group that stormed the Capitol, the TMZ reports.
But he wrote on Facebook: & # 39; DC. Millions have surfaced. & # 39; He also posted a video in which he wrote, "Where all my patriots are, I am on the Trump Train, what are you going to tell your grandchildren?"
Spears was married to her childhood friend, Alexander, just 55 hours after the two fled to Las Vegas in 2004.
His Facebook page is littered with anti-mask and pro-Trump statements.
Britney Spear's ex-husband Jason Allen Alexander was pictured wearing a Trump 45 cap at the Capitol rally on Wednesday
Jason wrote on Facebook: & # 39; DC. Millions have surfaced. & # 39; He also posted a video in which he wrote, "Where all my patriots are, I'm on the Trump Train, what are you going to tell your grandchildren?"
In one he writes: “I don't wear a mask because I don't listen to tyrannical orders that were not voted on in a fair election. I disagree with the Beast Practices Sign and I don't appreciate any material s ** t and I am locked up and charged, ready to kill anyone or something that is trying to make me, now cowboy, anything you do. *** it …. & # 39;
In August, Alexander was spotted at a #FreeBritney protest in Los Angeles along with fans worried about their conservatory.
Then he told US Weekly, “I'm here to show my support for the #FreeBritney movement and Britney. This is an unfortunate situation that has been in her life for a long time.
“It affected me and her, and that makes me part of it. I've been quiet for 10 years and I feel like it's a good time now to move on with the movement making noise and conservatory hearings. & # 39;
Spears was married to her childhood friend, Alexander, just 55 hours after the two fled to Las Vegas in 2004
Spears smiles with then-husband Jason Alexander after getting married at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas after the 4 a.m. wedding ceremony on January 3, 2004
Dozens of people who participated in Wednesday's violent siege, who have been labeled "great patriots" by the president, have yet to be identified.
The FBI is now asking for help finding them, tweeting that they "accept tips and digital media depicting unrest and violence in and around the US Capitol on January 6, 2021".
"If you have witnessed unlawful violence, we urge you to provide relevant information, photos or videos," they added.
Police later released pictures of "people of interest" they wanted to identify.
Navistar Direct Marketing issued a statement Thursday confirming the layoff of the employee who was walking around the Capitol with his ID card around his neck
Protesters interact with police in the U.S. Capitol. The worker ID is circled
Most of those arrested have been charged with curfew violations.
Others are accused of carrying an unlicensed pistol. Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe said the office must make it a top priority to "identify, arrest and prosecute every single person who entered the Capitol yesterday."
However, some of the participants have already been identified online as members of far-right groups, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and proponents of the QAnon conspiracy theory.
They come from states across the country including Arizona, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Oregon.
One of the people named is Richard & # 39; Bigo & # 39; Barnett, the 60-year-old who brazenly put his feet on house spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi's desk in her office.
The heavily tattooed Trump supporter, who has become a staple in his signature attire at recent right-wing rallies, has been identified as Jake Angeli
Even elected politicians were part of the crowd. Rick Saccone, who ran for a seat in the US House of Representatives in 2018 and was once a Pennsylvania legislature, bragged on Facebook that "we're storming the Capitol."
Another supporter of US President Donald J. Trump is sitting on the desk of US spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi after the break-in
Another mob was Tim Gionet, an online personality named Baked Alaska, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist, who participated in the 2017 right-wing rally in Charlottesville.
The heavily tattooed Trump supporter who wore horns, a fur hat and face paint and was known as the QAnon Shaman or Jake Angeli.
Even elected politicians were part of the crowd.
Rick Saccone, who ran for a seat in the US House of Representatives in 2018 and was once a legislator in Pennsylvania, boasted on Facebook in a now-deleted post that "we are storming the Capitol" and that "our vanguard has broken the barricades."
Navistar Direct Marketing issued a statement Thursday confirming that they had fired their employee who was walking around the Capitol with his ID card around his neck.
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