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Zelienople Police investigating officer’s attendance of Trump Rally Wednesday that led to insurgency at U.S. Capitol; Call continues for State Rep’s resignation

By January 7, 2021 7 Comments

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.

Rick Saccone, right, and state Sen. Doug Mastriano.

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.

 

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.

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.”

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.

If you have leads on other local elected officials or police officers in D.C. yesterday, please let us know: charlie@pittsburghcurrent.com

 

 

 

7 Comments

  • Someone you used to know says:

    Don’t hide Kelly Monteverde and change you name online to “Kelly Lynn”! Stand up for what you beleive! Put your whole self out there for your beliefs! Don’t back down now and try to hide!
    Also, let’s start a dialog about how Thomas Goldie’s first act of terrorism was way back in high-school when he placed a dead animal in another student’s locker. All because they were unpopular and he wanted to terrorize them. So its no shock he is now a domestic terrorist and corrupt, racist, police officer.

    • Melissa says:

      Don’t hide “someone you used to know…” Stand up for what you believe! Put your whole self out there for your beliefs! 😳

  • Kathy says:

    Ya’ll really don’t have anything better to report on than this stupidity in Pennsylvania?? 🤦‍♀️

  • John says:

    Here we go…!!!!!!

  • Shawn says:

    I hope Zelie borough carefully looks at this officer’s actions. If he was present for a protest, that’s his first amendment right. IF he participated in breaking into the Capitol, attacking the Capitol police, carried firearms into the the Capitol for the purposes of insurrection, then he needs to be fired and face criminal charges. Otherwise, every action he takes in the future as part of his job will be suspect and subject to being undermined. The borough is now on notice of his actions and this will make him a huge liability risk of the borough going forward. My 2 cents.

  • Thomas Boyle says:

    Fracker rhymes with Cracker, amirite?

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