A U.S. Olympic Swim Team gold medal winner was recognized among the thousands who attacked the U.S. Capitol last week in an attempted coup, according to multiple reports. Now Americans want him stripped of his medals.
2004 and 2008 gold winner Klete Keller, 38, who also won a silver medal in 2000, stands 6′ 6″ tall, and was wearing an Olympic team jacket with the iconic USA letters on the sleeves at the deadly violent insurrection, according to The Hill, which points to this video from inside the Capitol Rotunda:
Trump supporters fought back after Capitol Police moved in to retake the Rotunda. pic.twitter.com/4e7mNyqWZy
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 6, 2021
The swimming site SwimSwam posted clear screenshots of someone it has identified as Keller.
“At least a dozen people within the sport have identified that individual to SwimSwam as the 6’6” Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller after reviewing the video and screenshots,” SwimSwam reports. “Keller has deleted all of his social media accounts, but prior to their deletion, he was an outspoken supporter of President Trump.”
“Several former teammates and coaches,” The New York Times adds, “said they recognized Keller in the video because of his size and because he was wearing a U.S. Olympic team jacket that had ‘USA’ printed across the back and down the sleeves. A green face covering hung around his neck, making his face clearly visible.”
Calls are growing for him to be stripped of his medals:
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 12, 2021
@Olympics – Please consider stripping the medals from this guy, Klete Keller if you please? Wearing your organizations insignia while attempting to overthrow the US government isn’t a good optic. pic.twitter.com/8LMUnjDMGJ
— Deidre Sabatello (@OheeBluis) January 12, 2021
Yet the IOC finds raised fists offensive.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) January 12, 2021
Klete Keller was WEARING HIS OLYMPIC TEAM JACKET during the Capitol riot. https://t.co/t1wcArfTRF
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) January 12, 2021
Olympic gold medal swimmer Klete Keller was part of the #TrumpInsurrectionists that lay siege to our Capitol. USA Swimming and the US Olympic Committee @TeamUSA
should take swift action to denounce his actions and strip his medals. Sponsors should withdraw otherwise.
— AEC Chicago Pro Cir (@AECChicago) January 12, 2021
Klete Keller should be in jail and have his medals stripped. Does Hoff and Keller tolerate white supremacy?
— @stephiesue (@stephgoettge) January 12, 2021
Lol Klete Keller wore his Team USA jacket to an insurrection. https://t.co/xdZjp9Nchf
— Erin H. (@curly_erin) January 12, 2021
His name is Klete Keller, and he should be stripped of his medals for his treason against our country. https://t.co/F9R9eeeaBg
— Science and Empathy 2020 (@ScienceNEmpathy) January 12, 2021
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Calls Mount for January 6 Commission After GOP’s Kinzinger Reveals McCarthy Ignored His Warning of Likely Violence
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) revealed on Monday he had warned House GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that the words and actions of the Republican Party and its leaders would lead to violence on January 6.
“A few days before Jan 6, our GOP members had a conference call,” Kinzinger tweeted. “I told Kevin that his words and our party’s actions would lead to violence on January 6th. Kevin dismissively responded with ‘ok Adam, operator next question.’ And we got violence.”
It is a monumental revelation, given the degree of violence, death, and destruction the nation saw unfold that day, as Trump supporters literally hunted down the Vice President and Speaker of the House in an attempted coup incited by the then-president of the United States. Hundreds have been arrested and charged, with more to come, according to DOJ.
House Republicans so far have managed to block a widely-discussed 9/11-style commission to determine the full scope of illegal and treasonous actions that led up to the January 6 insurrection.
But Kinzinger’s announcement today has renewed calls for a January 6 commission, and made McCarthy the target of calls for him to step down.
It appears the commission may yet happen now:
New: House Oversight chair Carolyn Maloney announces she will hold a hearing this Wednesday to examine unanswered questions from the Capitol attack and the need for a Jan. 6 commission into the insurrection.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 10, 2021
>@PunchbowlNews this AM
Between now & Memorial Day, @JoeBiden and hill leaders in will scramble to deal w infrastructure, taxes, police reform, guns, Jan. 6 commission, Capitol security, election reform and China
House Rs have al eadership fight. Biden could move on Iran
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 10, 2021
Here’s how many are responding to Congressman Kinzinger’s revelation:
Kevin McCarthy is as responsible for what occurred on January 6th as Trump is. Time to hold him accountable for the lies, the insurrection and the deaths of that day…and his continued lies. Bring on the January 6th Commission. #NeverForgetJanuary6th #RIPBrianSicknick https://t.co/tJxgTcPJ7D
— Bruno 🇺🇸 4 Congress CA23 Against Kevin McCarthy (@BrunoAmato_1) May 10, 2021
It’s not that certain elected Republicans didn’t know there could be an armed insurrection, it’s that they didn’t care https://t.co/NU7AjUFImr
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) May 10, 2021
Republicans knew before the Jan. 6 attack that their lies about the election were increasing the threat of violence. That was the point. https://t.co/x02IpapYMo
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) May 10, 2021
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) May 10, 2021
Congressman Kevin McCarthy is unfit to be in leadership or God forbid a million times Speaker. He not only ignored the threats of violence on January 6, but fomented it. And even worse, now McCarthy wants to downplay it and even pretend it was no big deal.
The GOP is a cult. pic.twitter.com/T1Yd5ON55h
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) May 10, 2021
— Bryan Bourque (@bryanbourque74) May 10, 2021
Time to get the January 6 Commission up and running. https://t.co/NjHdwGWpKw
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) May 10, 2021
The demand for a January 6th Commission is clearly as bipartisan as it’s going to get. https://t.co/SjnII9O1AU
— Alternative Fax (@daveblend) May 10, 2021
Why do we not have a 1/6
Commission yet? Why are we failing so miserably in holding our government officials responsible for their attempts to destroy our democracy and steal an election? Why? https://t.co/ZR8nboX6x3
— Anti/Social/Media (@Terrista2) May 10, 2021
— Freedom & Whisky 🇮🇪🇺🇸🥃 (@TheBlueApe) May 10, 2021
On Jeopardy you’d say: What is “dereliction of duty?” https://t.co/e3OoV4NUuY
— Logan Mitchell PhD 🇺🇸 (@loganemitchell) May 10, 2021
MCCarthy needs to go https://t.co/VbrfakegZ5
— Eddie Hamilton (@eddiepgl) May 10, 2021
Where is our January 6 Insurrection Commission? Surely this is worth investigation?
— Blaine Collison (@blainecollison) May 10, 2021
— Gators’n’Raiders (@gators_n) May 10, 2021
“I think there are 2 people Putin pays, Rohrabacher and trump, swear to God” – Kevin Mccarthy
— 🇺🇲trump cheated and STILL lost🇺🇸 (@EricSpahn2) May 10, 2021
Welp – there it is. A smoking gun. https://t.co/rSzhiLvW2K
— Michael Bee (@mountain_rider_) May 10, 2021
Watch: Kevin McCarthy Squirms as Chris Wallace Grills Him on Trump’s Seditious Behavior on Jan. 6
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Sunday disputed allegations that President Donald Trump reached out to him to coordinate an alibi after the Capitol was attacked by Trump-supporting insurrectionists on Jan. 6.
Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted McCarthy about a telephone call he had with Trump soon after the attack on the Capitol was underway.
“Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump reportedly told McCarthy at the time, according to Rep. Herrera Beutler (R-WA).
“Is she right?” Wallace asked. “Is that what President Trump said to you?”
“What he ended the call, was saying — telling me he’ll put something out to make sure to stop this [riot],” McCarthy said. “And that’s what he did. He put a video out later.”
“Quite a lot later,” Wallace pointed out. “And it was a pretty weak video. But I’m asking you specifically. Did he say to you, some people are more concerned about the election than you are?”
“No, listen,” McCarthy replied. “My conversations with the president are my conversations with the president. I engaged in the idea of making sure we could stop what was going on inside the Capitol at that moment in time. The president said he would help.”
Wallace pressed: “Has the president ever reached out to you since that report came out to discuss what you and he talked about in the January 6th phone call? And did you say to him, ‘I can’t because we’re under oath.'”
“No,” McCarthy stated.
“That never happened?” Wallace asked.
“That’s never happened,” McCarthy insisted. “Never even close.”
“And if it did happen, you would agree that would be witness tampering?” Wallace observed.
“Yeah, but it never happened!” McCarthy said. “Never even came close, never had any conversation like that.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
‘You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet’: FBI Agents Tell Former Colleague More Is Coming for Jan. 6 Attackers
Speaking to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Friday, former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi revealed that more is coming from the bureau as they continue the investigation on the Jan. 6 attack.
It was revealed this week that the FBI had arrested over 400 people and they expect to arrest at least another 100. They’ve had almost 250,000 tips from people like family members, significant others, former significant others and colleagues who turned them in. But according to Figliuzzi, there is still more coming.
Wallace began by asking about members of the Proud Boys who were denied bail because the judge believed that there’s a danger to the community if they were released.
“There’s a couple of interesting things that are noteworthy about this decision to not permit bail and to hold these guys in custody, and that is, first, interestingly, for anyone who claims that this judge might be politically oriented in his decision making, understand that this was a judge that was appointed by former President [Donald] Trump,” explained Figliuzzi. “Secondly, this judge had to basically differ with the lower court or other federal court judges who had previously been inclined to permit bail pending trial because he was presented with new evidence.”
The new evidence, he explained, was that the Proud Boys had no intention of stopping the attacks on communities.
“The prosecutors presented new evidence, and Nicolle, the people I’m speaking to who are in a position to know about where these investigations are headed, are using phrases with me like, you haven’t seen anything yet. there’s more coming,” he warned. “And what they’re referring to when I ask them is two things. The number of people that are about to be charged, as you have said, it’s now been conceded that it will be at least 500. But they’re also referring to the caliber and magnitude of the cases. You’re going to see more conspiracy. You’re going to see people called out as leaders. Don’t be surprised if you see this kind of cross-referencing of Proud Boys and Oath Keepers in coordination with each other. And maybe even attempts to take both of those organizations down through an enterprise theory of prosecution.”
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