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Derrick Evans took his oath of office as a MP in the lower house of the US state West Virginia just a few weeks ago. Now the Republican is violently storming the Capitol with other Trump supporters. His loyalty to the US president could result in criminal prosecution. Derrick Evans left no doubt about his name and where he is. “Derrick Evans is in the Capitol,” the 34-year-old called into his camera, which he used to broadcast the coup attempt in Washington live on his Facebook profile. “We’re in, we’re in, go now, move on,” said Evans, encouraging President Donald Trump’s personally motivated enemies of democracy to disrupt the joint Senate-House meeting, in which the election of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over the incumbent is officially verified and should be confirmed.
Evans is not just any fanatic who adheres to the omnipotence fantasies of Trump, but according to “Buzzfeed News” also a Republican MP. Only a few weeks ago he had taken his oath of office in the House of Commons in West Virginia – now he presented the whole world as he was in the middle of it, as hundreds of protesters with Trump insignia, Holocaust trivializations and tattoos of symbols popular with neo-Nazis with violence the heart of the American democracy stormed, forcing those gathered there to have their bodies and lives brought to safety. According to the report, Evans deleted the videos later, but they had long since spread – but because he presented his face in addition to his name, identification was not too difficult. “The patriots are here,” the 34-year-old shouted into his camera after entering the Capitol. The Washington Post also reports a friendly greeting with a police officer. According to Buzzfeed News, the mob can also be heard threatening House Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi. “I would love to see Nancy Pelosi come over here,” he says. One woman replies, “If she did that, someone would risk their life […] and go to jail more than happy for it.” Evans replied with a laugh: “Oh yes, that’s right.”
According to the US medium, Evans is not a classic Republican but “part of a new wave of Trump loyalists who are running for Republicans but loathe the establishment and instead see themselves as part of a ‘patriotic’ movement.” They spread the election fraud allegations made by Trump without any factual basis and want to fight to ensure that the current president remains in office despite the clear and officially established defeat in the November 3rd election.
Speaker doesn’t believe Evans excuse. Buzzfeed News also reports that during his own campaign, Evans spread the lies “that dead people voted,” as well as “conspiracy myths about the Covid-19 vaccine” and that he condemned the “Black Lives Matter” protests. On January 1, he posted a picture of numerous weapons and the corresponding ammunition, plus “Happy New Year”.
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In another video of the Capitol storming video, Evans says, “It’s going to be wild today folks.” The Republican MP’s Facebook profile also states that he organized two buses full of “patriots from West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio” that also made their way to Washington. Associated with the hashtag #StopTheSteal, which Trump also used in his speech in the run-up to the coup attempt to draw attention to the alleged election fraud. However, numerous US courts and the Conservative Majority Supreme Court have repeatedly denied claims against the result for lack of evidence. Evans apparently did not need this evidence for Derrick Evans, who had set out in a helmet and military-style clothing to disrupt the meeting in the Capitol and on behalf of the president to try to prevent Biden’s election victory from being recognized. In a statement that Evans published after the riot, in which at least four people were killed, he claims that he was not there as a member of parliament, but as an alleged “independent media representative”.
Apparently even Roger Hanshaw, the Republican spokesman for the West Virginia House of Commons, did not believe him. He said in a statement that Evans “has to explain to his constituents and his counterparts why he was involved in the events of that day”. Because, Hanshaw continues: “Storming government buildings and violently disrupting our political institutions is a crime.