Florida Rioter Didn’t Know Difference Between White House and U.S. Capitol

The White House is just under two miles from the U.S. Capitol, about a good half-hour walk. Standing on Pennsylvania Avenue you can see both. The two buildings look nothing alike, what with the White House being a rectangular mansion and the Capitol having that big, pointed dome atop it.

Apparently 58-year-old Kenneth Kelly of Ocala, Fla., missed that day in elementary school when his classmates were introduced to Washington, D.C. Kelly, who traveled to the District to participate in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot, repeatedly texted while roaming through the Capitol that afternoon that he was in the executive mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


“Inside the White house via breaking in windows,” a text message said. “Tree of liberty was watered today.”

A family member alerted law enforcement of Kelly’s participation. He turned himself in to the Middle District of Florida U.S. Attorney’s Office in Ocala on Friday. A family member told officials that Kelly went to Washington, D.C. “knowing full well they were going to break in” to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to the U.S. Justice Department. He’s facing charges including disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Pictures from surveillance video and text messages provided to the FBI show Kelly inside the Capitol, which he kept referring to as the White House, the affidavit said. The family member told FBI agents Kelly had “extreme political views” and mentioned the false QAnon conspiracy theory a couple months before the riot.

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