A Zelienople police officer, wearing a hat that reads, “Trump 2020; Fuck your Feelings,” is being investigated over his attendance at events in Washington D.C. Wednesday that led to the violent insurgency at the U.S. Capitol.
Thomas Goldie was captured in a photo and posted on social media by his wife. Pittsburgh Current Contributor Day Bracey first made the identification on Wednesday.
On Thursday morning, Zelienople Police Chief Jim Miller told the Pittsburgh Current that he was aware of the photo and Goldie’s attendance in D.C. on Wednesday. He said the matter has been turned over to the city’s legal department for investigation.
“Our legal teams are investigating this matter and if it is determined that something improper or illegal was done,” Miller said, “We will deal with it accordingly.”
Miller also commented that from his understanding, however, that the picture wasn’t taken “anywhere near” the Capitol.
Goldie wasn’t the only person to be outed for being in D.C. yesterday. Pa. state Rep. Doug Mastriano was in D.C. along with former state legislator, congressional candidate and Trump sycophant, Rick Saccone. Since then, a number of state legislators have called for Mastriano’s resignation, including Brian Sims who claims Mastriano was “heavily involved.” A petition calling for Mastriano’s resignation is also up.
Doug Mastriano is a sitting senator who actively organized a violent insurrection in an attempt to prevent a peaceful transfer of power. Sen. Corman & GOP leadership should call for his immediate resignation. If not, he should be removed from all committee or leadership positions pic.twitter.com/Qrpz2LFYUT
— Senator Tim Kearney (@SenTimKearney) January 6, 2021
BREAKING: We’ve learned that PA Senator @dougmastriano was heavily involved in today’s insurrection in the Nation’s Capitol. After weeks of seditious conspiracies his actions have grown grossly and predictably dangerous and I join @SenTimKearney in calling for his resignation! pic.twitter.com/Ehuo6wvgDM
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) January 7, 2021
In a statement released yesterday, Mastriano said he “condemned” the violence and was only there to support President Trump. However, Mastriano’s pal Rick Saccone released and later deleted a video where he called for the “storming “of the Capitol and not only endorsed the goings-on, but supported the attempt to throw out legally cast and counted votes in an effort to make Trump President for a second term.
Breaking News Update (Jan. 7, 2020; 2:20 p.m.): KDKA’s Andy Sheehan is reporting that Saccone resigned his position as an adjunct professor at Saint Vincent’s College.
BREAKING: Former state Rep. Rick Saccone has resigned as an adjunct professor at St Vincent College after school's investigation into his Facebook video at the Capitol. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/ULPD06rfgX
— Andy Sheehan (@AndySheehankdka) January 7, 2021
The school had begun an investigation after Saccone’s video was discovered.
“We’re live in front of the U.S. Capitol with hundreds of thousands of people storming the Capitol. They Broke down the gates … We’re trying to run out all the evil people and the RINOs (Republican in Name Only) who betrayed our president…We’re calling on Vice President Mike Pence to support our president.”
— Lindsey Williams (@SenWilliamsPA) January 6, 2021
Jerry Dickinson, a constitutional law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, says that many of the insurgents at the Capitol today will claim they were just stressing their constitutional right to free speech. But Dickinson says the protections of the Fist Amendment “are not unlimited.” And the actions today were of a seditious nature, an attempt to overthrow the government.
“It is likely that numerous protestors who stormed both the House and Senate floors violated federal law, as it is a federal crime to enter the floor of either House through the use of force and violence,” Dickinson said. “This was a seditious assault on American democracy and an historic attempt at insurrection incited by the President of the United States. As a constitutional law professor, I firmly believe it will take years to repair the damage to American democracy. Today’s events have left an indelible, and perhaps irreparable, scar on our nation.”
Finally, while not all supporters of Trump’s election lies were in D.C., they still felt it necessary to post their opinions on social media. One of those was Susan Allan Block, the wife of Allan Block, the chairman of the company that owns the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Toledo Blade. In it, she calls for, among other things, “no peace, no concession, no legitimacy to a stolen election.” She also, for some reason, felt the need to call Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris a ‘whore.’ The post was brought to light by Toledo Blade journalists, who also say an effort was made to “downplay” yesterday’s actions in print.
There was a systemic effort by management at The Blade to downplay the forces at work yesterday for political purposes.
Ledes were changed to remove references to Trump.
Edicts were given to not refer to rioters as Trump supporters.
This was deliberate and shameful. https://t.co/SOYUFsKHUl
— Nolan_Rosenkrans⚔️ (@NolanRosenkrans) January 7, 2021
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