On Wednesday, January sixth, a gaggle of pro-Trump supporters led an rebellion on the U.S. Capitol simply earlier than Congress was in a position to vote on certifying the 2020 presidential election outcomes. These outcomes named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris because the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the USA, respectively.
Among the many many movies of the riot that have been posted to social media is one among police attempting to clear the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. This footage was taken by Townhall reporter Julio Rosas.
A tall man in that video could be seen carrying a US Olympic Workforce jacket as police try and clear the Rotunda. Regulation enforcement is at present investigating whether or not that man is Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller. At the very least a dozen folks inside the sport have recognized that particular person to SwimSwam because the 6’6” Keller after reviewing the video and screenshots.
Within the video, the person that seems to be Keller could be seen together with his again to police and his arms at his facet because the officers transfer the gang in direction of the exits.
Trump supporters fought again after Capitol Police moved in to retake the Rotunda. pic.twitter.com/4e7mNyqWZy
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 6, 2021
In one other video by the identical reporter, Keller could be seen standing calmly within the Rotunda holding a bottle of water.
For the reason that election outcomes have been first introduced in early November, they’ve been contested by the sitting President, Donald Trump, and his supporters in Congress and all through the nation. On Wednesday, congressional Republicans issued their last challenges to the Electoral Faculty votes. Then, Congress was set to depend and ensure the Electoral Faculty votes of every state, thereby rubber-stamping the outcomes and setting accusations of election fraud to relaxation.
Nevertheless, round 2 pm, earlier than Congressional voting may happen, the mob breached the Capitol constructing. The U.S. Capitol Police described the chaos that ensued in a press release the subsequent day:“These people actively attacked United States Capitol Police Officers and different uniformed regulation enforcement officers with metallic pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up different weapons towards our officers. They have been decided to enter into the Capitol Constructing by inflicting nice injury.”
The violence resulted in 5 deaths, together with the dying of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick who was reportedly “injured whereas bodily partaking with protesters.” 4 rioters died as properly, one among whom was shot by Capitol Police as she tried to climb by a damaged window. Members of Congress have been evacuated from essentially the most susceptible areas of the constructing, and plenty of have been ordered to shelter in place within the Home Chamber for hours whereas the Capitol Police struggled with the rioters.
Keller has deleted all of his social media accounts, however previous to their deletion, he was an outspoken supporter of President Trump.
Keller attended USC in 2000 and 2001 earlier than he left to deal with swimming. He then skilled below head coach Bob Bowman and former head coach Jon Urbanchek at Membership Wolverine and the College of Michigan in Ann Arbor earlier than returning to USC in 2007 to complete his bachelor’s diploma in Science and Public Coverage. He completed his collegiate profession below USC and Trojan Swim Membership head coach Dave Salo.
Publish-college, Keller now works as a Brokerage Affiliate for the Colorado and Ohio-based actual property company Hoff and Leigh the place he “spends his time advising industrial landlords and sellers on maximizing the worth of their industrial asset.” On Monday morning, SwimSwam referred to as Hoff and Leigh to confirm Keller’s employment there. They responded that he was a present worker, they usually appeared unaware of the Capitol video or of Keller’s potential involvement within the riot.
Keller has gained a complete of 5 Olympic medals over the course of three Olympic Video games at which he represented Workforce USA:
- 2000 – bronze, 400m free
- 2000 – silver, 800m free relay
- 2004 – gold, 800m free relay
- 2004 – bronze, 400m free
- 2008 – gold, 800m free relay
He set the previous American document within the 400 free on the 2004 Olympics and the previous American and World data within the 800 free relay on the 2007 World Championships.
Keller struggled to regulate to post-Olympic life after 2008. He instructed the Olympic Channel podcast how swimming had set excessive expectations for his success which backfired within the work setting because it induced frustration. He defined how his previous victories within the pool additionally made him really feel “entitled” at first.
“I’ll be sincere I wasn’t a very good worker…for the longest time as a result of I anticipated all of it to come back to me as simply as swimming did,” Keller mentioned. “As soon as issues began going south…I misplaced that enthusiasm.”
This battle spiraled into all facets of his life, culminating within the “actuality verify” which he pinpointed because the day he turned homeless. In 2014, he and his spouse obtained divorced, after which he lived out of his automobile for about 10 months. In an interview with USA Swimming, Keller defined that he didn’t have visitation rights to see his youngsters for four years.
He described the truth behind what appeared like a pointy flip in his life. “It’s a sluggish leadup of shirking accountability, and simply letting the little issues slide day-after-day…it will definitely builds a essential mass and as soon as that essential mass is constructed it’s that final last straw that breaks the camel’s again,” Keller instructed the Olympic Channel. He detailed his outlook on life getting “decrease and decrease.”
Keller then talked about his gradual comeback after receiving “love and acceptance from his household,” particularly his sister and 2004 Olympian Kalyn Keller who took him in. He labored by this time by instructing swim classes and operating swim clinics.
He’s most notably remembered within the pool for anchoring the 800 free relay on the 2004 Olympics the place he went head-to-head with Australia’s Ian Thorpe, finally fending him off by .13 seconds and incomes Workforce USA a gold medal.
Throughout the nation, individuals are demanding accountability for the rioters’ rebellion on a constructing that’s such a particular image of American democracy – the place our legal guidelines are created and the place presidential inaugurations happen. No recognized arrests have been reported on-site, nonetheless, the FBI is finishing up an ongoing investigation which took to Twitter on Thursday to assist them determine people who “unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6.” The New York Times reported that “dozens have been charged” since then, and the FBI has acquired over 40,000 ideas in images and movies alone. Ideas submitted over the telephone weren’t included in that quantity.
According to the Washington Post, the rioters who breached the Capitol could be charged with a number of crimes together with seditious conspiracy (the law states that this consists of anybody who makes an attempt “to forestall, hinder, or delay the execution of any regulation of the USA, or by pressure to grab, take, or possess, any property of the USA opposite to the authority of”), illegal entry, damaging federal property, and terrorism (resulting from pipe bombs discovered on the scene.)
Members of Congress, together with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, place accountability with President Trump as properly. Pelosi has referred to as for President Trump’s impeachment resulting from remarks he made the morning of January 6 in a video he posted to social media. He instructed rioters, “We love you, you’re very particular,” whereas additionally telling them to depart the Capitol. Trump has but to face these authorized and political prices, however social media platforms together with Instagram, Fb, and Twitter have suspended his accounts. Twitter argued they took this motion “because of the threat of additional incitement of violence.”
Finally, the try and hinder the certification of the Electoral Faculty votes was unsuccessful. At 6 pm, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a citywide curfew enforced by police in riot gear and the Nationwide Guard. They have been in a position to transfer the mob away from the constructing, permitting enterprise to renew within the Capitol that night. Either side of the bipartisan system denounced the violence. 15 hours after the mob breached the Capitol, at about 3:30 am, it was official – the election outcomes have been licensed.