Federal prosecutors say a self-proclaimed “influencer” who traveled to Washington on a private plane and called January 6th “one of the best days of my life” should spend time in prison, in part because she believes she’s a special exception thanks to her rich white privilege.
Jenna Ryan was arrested in January after she openly bragged about her exploits at the Capitol on social media. Ryan live-streamed from her Facebook account while inside the building and also tweeted a photo of herself standing at a broken window, captioning it “if the news doesn’t stop lying about us we’re going to come after their studios next…”
Ryan also begged Donald Trump for one of his many pardons in the aftermath of the insurrection, telling her local news station that it was a “surprise” to get arrested for what she saw as a simple act of loyal patriotism. “I think we all deserve a pardon. I’m facing a prison sentence. I think I do not deserve that and from what I understand, every person is going to be arrested that was there, so I think everyone deserves a pardon, so I would ask the President of the United States to give me a pardon,” Ryan explained at the time.
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) October 31, 2021
Instead, federal prosecutors have said Ryan should spend 60 days in prison because she knew the day could turn violent and said she was “going to war,” promoted violence at the Capitol, chanted “hang Mike Pence,” promoted violence against the news media, claimed she deserved “a medal” for what she did, spread false information about the riot, lied about her participation in the riot, and “sought to exploit her presence during the attack on the Capitol for profit.” Prosecutors also pointed out Ryan’s tweet where she claimed that her “blonde hair white skin a great job a great future and I’m not going to jail” showed she thought she was immune from punishment for her crimes because of her race and physical appearance.
Almost everyone has focused on the explicit white privilege issues the Texas realtor/private jet flier Jenna Ryan’s statements have imported into her 1/6 sentencing.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 31, 2021
“A defendant who believes she is immune from strict punishment because of her race and physical appearance may re-offend because the consequences for wrongdoing will never, in the defendant’s mind, be severe even when severity is merited,” prosecutors write in Ryan’s sentencing memo. “Perhaps the most compelling need for specific deterrence arises from the defendant’s misguided belief that she is above the law, or at least insulated from incarceration.” They also wrote that Ryan “found it appropriate to promote her real estate business” as she stormed the Capitol, announcing, “You guys, will you believe this? I am not messing around. When I come to sell your house, this is what I will do. I will f*cking sell your house.”
Jenna Ryan, in the center in Trump hat with white cellphone [HuffPost]
Ryan posted a photo of members of the mob attacking media equipment, calling it “a cool moment” and saying rioters “just went to town on the AP equipment.” They said one of Ryan’s co-defendants, Katherine Schwab, “joined the crowd’s assault” by “kicking media equipment and throwing one piece of equipment on the ground.”
When Jenna Ryan, who proudly promoted & participated in the Capital riot, awaits sentencing while bragging that she won’t go to jail because she has blond hair & white skin – she’s banking on white privilege. pic.twitter.com/tcR02gXDqf
— anyone_want_chips (@anyonewantchips) October 31, 2021
Ryan pleaded guilty in August, admitting in her statement of offense that she posted “Today was a great example of what America is about” on Twitter after the attack, that she was seen on video chanting “Fight for Trump!” in the Rotunda, and that she “paraded, demonstrated, or picketed” inside the Capitol when she knew that she “did not have permission to enter the building.”
Jenna Ryan, still doing big business pic.twitter.com/l307AYKLBi
— #SeditionHunters (@SeditionHunters) August 25, 2021
Jenna Ryan will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Thursday by U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper.