THE security guard who punched a MAGA mom, who was shamed by her daughter for attending last week’s Capitol riots, has been fired over the act she says was self-defense.
Ashanti Smith, a black security guard, was captured on film punching Therese Duke, a white mom, in the face after Duke tried to grab Smith’s phone.
Therese Duke was punched in the face while attending a MAGA protest[/caption]
Footage of the fight, which went down in DC the day before Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building, went viral after Duke’s teen daughter, Helena, shared the footage shaming her mother for attending the MAGA protests.
The tweet was captioned: “Hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn’t go to BLM protests bc they could get violent…this you?”
Smith has now been fired from her job, according to The Daily Mail, even though she insists she was acting in self-defense.
Smith, who was seen wearing a mask and a security uniform, said she was out on break from her job when she was confronted by the MAGA crowd.
Ashanti Smith said she acted in self-defense when she hit Duke [/caption]
Duke was shamed by her 18-year-old daughter[/caption]
Smith alleges the pro-MAGA crowd was harassing her [/caption]
She said that the crowd was calling her the N-word, accusing her of being a member of Antifa and repeatedly refusing to leave her alone.
She has since started a GoFundMe page to help with legal fees, where she explained that she was not “the aggressor” in the situation, despite how some of the video footage might look.
“The video makes me look like I am the aggressor, but it does not show that happened prior to me defending myself,” Smith wrote.
“People shoved me, tried to take my phone and keys, yelled racial epithets at me, and tried to remove my mask. I asked them to social distance and stay out of my personal space due to Covid-19.
Duke’s teen daughter said her mom claimed she was driving her aunt to get a medical procedure and went to the Trump rally instead[/caption]
“They refused, and I was afraid of being hurt and harmed. After being assaulted, I defended myself. I am now facing criminal charges along with being relieved from my employment pending an investigation.”
Smith set a goal of raising $85,000, which she had already surpassed by far.
As of Thursday night, the GoFundMe page had raised a total of more than $187,000.
In a second viral video of the fight, Duke can be heard saying, “That girl punched me in the face. That black girl.”
Duke’s 18-year-old daughter also shared that clip to Twitter, along with the caption: “Mom I think you mean to say that powerful black woman punched you for harassment…”
The teen told The New York Post that her mom told her family she was going out of town for three days to drive her aunt to a medical facility for a procedure, and instead went to the Trump protests.
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On January 6, the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol building while Congress was certifying Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.
Five people died in the violence that ensued, and more than 100 people have been arrested.
The riot also led the House to impeach Trump for a second time, on the grounds that he played a role in inciting the violence.