By Beyza Binnur Donmez
ANKARA (AA) – A woman told the TMZ news outlet she does not have any regrets outing her mother as a pro-Trump supporter, one day before the US Capitol building was stormed by rioters earlier this month.
A Twitter video went viral within hours after Helena Duke captioned it Jan. 7 saying: "hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn't go to BLM [Black Lives Matter] protests bc they could get violent…this you?"
It shows Duke’s mother, Theresa Duke, being punched Jan. 5 by a security guard outside the Capitol, where supporters of US President Donald Trump clashed with a counter-protest group in Washington, D.C.
Trump supporters besieged the building the following day in a deadly riot that killed at least five people.
The younger Duke said she felt "a bit guilty," but said: "I think it was really liberating what I did because my mom has been really mentally abusive my whole life. And this was like going public, how she has treated me, so."
"I don’t think, I have any regrets," she added.
She claimed that Trump radicalized her mother after one year in office and noted she had no idea that her mother, who was a Democrat for all her life, was participating in the protests and found out when she saw the video.
Theresa Duke has lost her job at UMass Memorial in Massachusetts for involvement in ''violent events at the nation’s capitol.''
Trump is bracing for a second Senate impeachment trial, the first time a US president has been impeached twice, for his alleged role in the riots that saw lawmakers taken into lockdown as the president's supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.