Update: Jenna Ryan was arrested Jan. 15 on federal charges.
On Jan. 6, among the crowd of people breaking into Capitol Hill was Jenna Ryan, a Frisco-based broker of her eponymous firm, who chronicled her “patriotic fight” heavily on social media. CandysDirt.com reached out to her as she was on a layover, headed home from a protest-turned-violent-insurrection that left Ashli Babbit, a California woman, shot to death and three more dead. Several Capitol Police officers were severely injured, and one officer, Brian Sicknick, died of his injuries.
According to Jenna Ryan, she was headed home and had just taken a Xanax when she answered my phone call. She gave us a few minutes to chat about her adventure, which she documented on both Facebook and Twitter.
She says she’s a “really good agent with lots of integrity.” She’s so good, in fact, she claims to only work 15 hours a week and still makes “a ton of money and sells a ton of homes.” Her clients, she says, love her.
Ryan added that the man she attended the pro-Trump rally with has a private jet and is also very successful.
Ryan proudly posted on Facebook the previous morning that she was planning to “storm the capital [sic]” that day. She said that decision was made when the crowd at a pro-Trump rally learned that Vice President Mike Pence was about to ignore pleas from the president and instead certify the presidential election as required by the constitution.
“Then they were like, ‘someone got shot in there,’ and we were like we don’t care because our freedom is more important to us than our lives because the whole premise is give us liberty or give us death,” she said. “We are frontline patriots who are fighting for liberty.”
According to Ryan, the elections were rigged, and President-elect Joe Biden is going to turn the United States into Venezuela. Ryan says does not see anything wrong with what she did. Ryan says her actions are not as serious as sedition. In fact, Ryan said she feels it wasn’t even trespassing, claiming the event was set up and police actually encouraged them to go in.
As for the more than 50 police officers injured and the damage left behind, Ryan claimed that none of that was done by Trump supporters. Instead, Ryan blamed Antifa, claiming they were well-camouflaged by masks.
Ryan says she’s not worried about her actions hurting her business because her supporters love her and are backing her up.
Ryan has taught social media classes for agents and has also hosted a radio show on KFXR 1190 AM, a local commercial radio station owned by iHeartMedia.
“The scenes we are watching unfold as a nation are shocking and leave us in disbelief,” Oppler said. “America’s largest trade association stands with our democracy and our nation’s centuries-old observance of peaceful protests and the peaceful transfer of power. What happened today at the U.S. Capitol was an assault on both.”
“Members of Congress, their staff, Capitol Police Officers and workers at the U.S. Capitol today came under attack,” Oppler added. “These are scenes that should not stand in the United States of America and are no part of our fabric as a free, compassionate, and tolerant people.”
RELATED: Read the federal affidavit for Jenna Ryan’s arrest.