In the weeks ahead of the deadly failed insurrection against the United States Capitol on January 6, former President Donald Trump repeatedly urged his followers to "fight like hell" in defense of his lies about the validity of the 2020 election.
Even up to the start of the riots, he urged his supporters to march on the Capitol to upend a joint congressional session nationally certifying then-President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
With then-President Trump's endorsement, many of his most devout supporters were convinced they were doing the right thing. They proudly livestreamed their destruction and assured they were "invited" by the President of the United States when they were stopped by security.
Hundreds of Capitol rioters were subsequently arrested, with some begging then-President Trump for a pardon and insisted he had motivated their actions.
Predictably, Trump didn't pardon a single rioter.
Now, a mother of one of the rioters is lamenting her son's devotion to Trump's conspiracy theories, and tearfully noting that Trump doesn't care at all about the ideologically vulnerable supporters who threatened democracy on his behalf.
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JoAnn Rowe, mother of Capitol rioter Donovan Crowl, told CNN of her son:
"I love the person he used to be but I despise the person that he is now. He's not my son, and I still have a hard time believing that if he did what he did, if he gets 20 years in prison, he'll be 70 years old before he gets out of there. Trump doesn't care about any of those people that stormed the Capitol for him. He doesn't care one iota about them."
Donovan Crowl—who is awaiting trial on charges for conspiracy, destruction of government property, obstruction of an official proceeding and violent entry or disorderly conduct—told CNN that he felt good about his case, before saying he didn't watch their "garbage" and slamming the door.
People echoed his mother's claims that Trump doesn't care about the supporters who rioted on his behalf.
Watch this video….it explains a lot of people that have believed they are fighting for the good…they were lied to 🧐… https://t.co/05OWa9ceyF— Firstgirl (@Firstgirl) 1624295869.0
“Trump doesn't care about any of those people that stormed the Capitol for him. He doesn't care one iota about them… https://t.co/cLE5lpp3wP— Cliff W (@Cliff W) 1624283557.0
Who could’ve seen that coming? Oh, right. Everyone not blinkered by a cult of personality. https://t.co/KXt7DDXozG— Vaccinated 5G antenna (@Vaccinated 5G antenna) 1624253339.0
He didn't care about them in 2015 or at any time since then. Neither does the GOP. They only care about power and m… https://t.co/euxkSnpZV9— I expect Justice (@I expect Justice) 1624288144.0
That is Trump’s essential character. Never cared the extremes he would take his followers to, the isolation he woul… https://t.co/tWgsxD4rE0— Stephen Daugherty (@Stephen Daugherty) 1624288507.0
Few people felt sympathy at her dilemma.
I, too, would be upset if leopards ate my face, even if I voted for the Leopards Will Eat Your Face party. https://t.co/BbM77LXKER— Michael Swanson (@Michael Swanson) 1624253819.0
@joncoopertweets Actions, meet consequences. I am sorry for her and the good memories she carries of a younger so… https://t.co/x0zl8WZHl2— Gay Newton🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@Gay Newton🌊🌊🌊🌊) 1624278200.0
I understand where she’s coming from being she’s a mom but I also don’t feel much if any sympathy. https://t.co/GGUUCzVMmP— 🐾Lula is vaxed and masked 🐾💉💉 (@🐾Lula is vaxed and masked 🐾💉💉) 1624296440.0
Donovan Crowl, a 50 year old man, says his actions at the Capitol were due to falling in with the "wrong crowd."