Audrey Ann Southard, center, holds a mask during a counter-protest against a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Florida. The other humans and objects are included in the photograph for scale.
"She once sang [opera] at Carnegie Hall. Now she’s charged with attacking police with a flagpole in the Capitol riots."
When Audrey Ann Southard took the stage at Carnegie Hall in 2012, she belted out an opera aria for a crowd inside the famed New York venue.
When she stormed into the U.S. Capitol in January, the FBI said, her audience was the police officers defending the building from a horde of Trump supporters.
“Tell Pelosi we’re coming for that b----,” video shows her screaming at officers, according to court documents. “There’s a hundred thousand of us, what’s it going to be?”
Southard later used a flagpole to shove a sergeant backward until he slammed his head into a statue, the FBI said, all while agitating the crowd behind her to “push in here” as they sought to disrupt Congress as it certified President Biden’s victory.
Southard, a 52-year-old who the Tampa Bay Times reported works as a private music instructor in Florida, was charged this week with numerous counts connected to the deadly insurrection, including assaulting a federal employee. Her attorney did not immediately return a message from The Washington Post early on Friday.
She looks super dangerous... we need to get terrorists like her off the streets so our multi-gendered hipster white Millennials can feel safe as they talk down to blacks and Hispanics about how they should be living their lives.