The night before Donald Trump supporters started a riot while storming the U.S Capitol last week, a Black security guard says she punched a White Trump supporter in self-defense. Based on that incident, she said she has been fired from her security job and faces criminal charges.
According to Atlanta Black Star, Washington, D.C. resident Ashanti Smith, 28, is seen in a viral video clip punching the white woman, who was identified as Therese Duke. Duke’s 18-year-old daughter then took to social media to publicly shame her mother
Smith started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $85,000 for her legal defense. She has, so far, raised over $120,000.
“Greetings, My name is Ashanti Smith; I am a 28-year-old African American woman who lives in the Washington DC metropolitan area. I recently was assaulted, attacked and harassed by a group of Trump supporters on Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington DC on January 5th, 2021. A video has surfaced where I was surrounded by a group of Trump extremists, and I honestly feared for my life. The video makes me look like I am the aggressor, but it does not show what happened prior to my defending myself. People shoved me, tried to take my phone and…