Reality TV star Lawson Bates was pictured wearing an American flag around his face while being pictured at the rally outside the Capitol on Wednesday but then claimed he hadn’t been involved at all.
On Twitter, the star of Bringing Up Bates star wrote he and his brother attended a pro-Trump event in Washington, D.C.’s Ellipse park.
He then denied any involvement whatsoever in the Capitol siege despite there being photographic evidence to the contrary with Bates and his brother posting to take selfies with other Trump supporters.
‘Idk if anyone will see but this man was at the trump mob in DC … His name is Lawson Bates,’ the original tweet reads.
‘He is singer + in the TV show bringing up bates,’ the author of the tweet continues.
‘I’m sorry you haven’t done your research (or maybe you have and just didn’t like the truth) but this was a peaceful public event at the Ellipse, and not at the Capitol buildings,’ Lawson, 28, wrote in response to a woman who accused him of ‘domestic terrorism.’
‘We were not there and have ALWAYS roundly condemned violence, as we still do,’ he said.
Another person on Twitter chimed in called him ‘sad’ allegedly ‘inciting violence’ which saw his brother leap to his defense.
‘He has a right (just like any American does) to peacefully go to a public event, and for anyone to insinuate he participated in anything other than just that, is disgusting and fully inaccurate.’
It was Twitter users who identified the brothers on social media with some demanding the network they feature on, UPtv so cancel their show, Bringing Up Bates, which documents the lives of Trace, Lawson, their parents and their 17 siblings.
‘Have you heard the news yet?’ Laura Ojeda Melchor tweeted in response to a Twitter advert.
‘Lawson and Trace Bates were both at the trump coup today. They filmed themselves there. #cancelthebates’
‘@UPtv do you support domestic terrorism?’ added Twitter user Elizabeth KCMO.
‘Lawson and Trace Bates were both in front of the Capitol today in the middle of the chaos.’
‘Americans have a right to peaceful protest; they do not have a right to violence!’ Lawson insisted. ‘We did not go to the Capitol at all, and anyone participating in violence should be prosecuted.’
Among other low-level celebrities present at the rally included Britney Spears’ ex-husband Jason Allen Alexander who was pictured in a Trump 45 beanie at the rally outside the Capitol.
Alexander, who was wed to the singer for just 55 hours, shared selfies from Washington DC at the protest.
It is not known if he was part of the group who stormed the Capitol, TMZ reports.
But he wrote on Facebook: ‘DC. Millions showed up.’ He also posted a video, writing: ‘Where all my patriots I’m on the Trump Train what will you tell your grandkids.’
Spears was married to her childhood friend Alexander for just 55 hours after the two eloped 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 on Wednesday pictured in a Trump 45 beanie at the rally outside the Capitol
Jason wrote on Facebook: ‘DC. Millions showed up.’ He also posted a video, writing: ‘Where all my patriots I’m on the Trump Train what will you tell your grandkids’
In one he writes: ‘I don’t wear a mask bc I don’t listen to tyrannical orders not voted on in a fair election. I don’t consent to the mark of the beast practices and I don’t value material s**t and I’m locked and loaded ready to kill anyone or thing that trys to make me,, now cowboy up all you b****es….’
In August Alexander was spotted in Los Angeles at a #FreeBritney protest along with fans concerned about her conservatorship.
He told US Weekly then: ‘I’m here to show support for the #FreeBritney movement and Britney. This is an unfortunate situation that’s been in her life for a long time.
‘It’s affected me and her, and that makes me part of it. I’ve been quiet for 10 years, and I feel [like] what a good time to come forward now with the movement making noise and the conservatorship hearings going on.’
Spears was married to her childhood friend Alexander for just 55 hours after the two eloped to Las Vegas in 2004
Spears smiles with then husband Jason Alexander after getting married at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas after their 4am wedding ceremony on January 3rd in 2004
Dozens of those involved in the violent siege Wednesday, labelled as ‘great patriots’ by the president are yet to be identified.
The FBI is now asking for the helping in finding them, tweeting they are ‘accepting tips & digital media depicting rioting & violence in the U.S. Capitol Building & surrounding area on January 6, 2021.’
‘If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge fyou to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant,’ they added.
Police later released images of ‘persons of interest’ they want to identify.
Navistar Direct Marketing issued a statement Thursday confirming they had dismissed the employee who walked through the Capitol with his work pass hanging around his neck
Protesters interact with police inside the U.S. Capitol Building. The worker’s pass is circled
Most of those already arrested have been accused of curfew violations.
Others face charges of carrying a pistol without a license. The former Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, has said the bureau must make ‘identifying, arresting, and prosecuting every single person that you possibly can that entered that Capitol building yesterday’ a top priority.
But some of those who took part have already been identified online as members of far right groups, white nationalists, Neo-Nazis and supporters of conspiracy theory QAnon.
They are from states all over the country including Arizona, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Oregon.
One of those named is Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, the 60-year-old who brazenly put his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk in her office.
The heavily-tattooed Trump supporter, who has become a fixture at recent right-wing rallies decked out in his signature attire, has been identified as Jake Angeli
Even elected politicians were part of the mob. Rick Saccone, who ran for a U.S. House seat in 2018 and was once a state lawmaker in Pennsylvania, bragged on Facebook that ‘we are storming the Capitol’
Another supporter of US President Donald J. Trump sits on the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after breaking in
Another of the mob was Tim Gionet, an online personality known as Baked Alaska who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist who was involved in the far-right Charlottesville rally in 2017.
The heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint and was named as the QAnon Shaman, or Jake Angeli.
Even elected politicians were part of the mob.
Rick Saccone, who ran for a U.S. House seat in 2018 and was once a state lawmaker in Pennsylvania, bragged on Facebook that ‘we are storming the Capitol’ and that ‘our vanguard has broken through the barricades’ in a now deleted post.
Navistar Direct Marketing issued a statement Thursday confirming they had dismissed their employee who walked through the Capitol with his work pass hanging around his neck.