A woman who traveled to Washington, DC in her private plane to storm the U.S. Capitol has asked President Trump for an eleventh hour pardon, claiming she is being persecuted. This sad tale is a reminder of personal responsibility incumbent on all travelers.
Private Planes, Presidential Pardons & Personal Predilections
Angry Trump supporters from across the nation boarded commercial airline flights to take part in the now infamous protest-turned-violent-insurrection earlier this month. But Dallas-area realtor Jenna Ryan took her private plane.
As she entered the Capitol, she told her Facebook followers:
“This is a prelude to the war that’s about to happen.”
In a now deleted video, she added:
“We are going to f***ing go in here. Life or death, it doesn’t matter. Here we go.”
Basking in her perceived victory, she proclaimed on Twitter:
We just stormed the Capital. It was one of the best days of my life.
— dotJenna – Jenna Ryan Realty (@dotjenna) January 6, 2021
and later added:
“All these working class people taking the week off … We flew here for freedom. They want to steal the election, they want to steal everything…We the people are pissed off … We flew by a private jet, God wanted us here today. Trump is my president.”
Umm. No. Just no. God did not want you there.
She was later arrested and now faces charges including disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry.
Of course now she was never for the violence, posting on Facebook:
“I do not condone the violence that occurred and I am truly heartbroken for the people who have lost their lives. Hatred and violence toward each other are not going to solve our country’s issues. As a nation, we need to come together Republican, Democrat and Independent and have an open and honest discussion about the issues in our country and resolve our issues in peace.”
But she has also called upon President Trump, even as he leaves office today, to pardon her.
“I would like a pardon from the President of the United States.”
Dallas area realtor Jenna Ryan is the 2nd D.C. riot participant to ask for one. She flew on a private jet to D.C. to “stop the steal.” FBI arrested her today. She says: I feel persecuted. pic.twitter.com/Rk4XCYVqX3
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 16, 2021
If she only knew was persecution really was…
Why this issue? Why now? I think we the traveling public (with most of us traveling commercially) have an added responsibility to exercise care. Unlike in the past, a savvy traveler can get anywhere relatively quickly. That creates great opportunity for good. It also creates great potential for evil, like the insurrection on display on January 6th. When I hear people talk about being persecuted, I think about Christians or Uighurs in China or Muslims in Burma, not spoiled brats in private planes who do not want to take personal responsibility for their actions.
With great power comes great responsibly. Even during the pandemic, we have a wonderful opportunity to travel. May we exercise that privilege with the same care we would treat our loved ones.
(H/T: View from the Wing)