An 18-year-old lesbian who says she has been kicked out of her home multiple times has publicly outed her Trump-loving family members who attended a violent Pro-Trump protest in Washington D.C on Wednesday which ended with thousands of rally attendees storming the US Capitol building.
Helena Duke identified her mother in a public Twitter post last week after coming across a viral video of a fight which broke out near the Capitol during the insurrection, telling Newsweek she was “disappointed to be related to her”.
“Hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn’t go to BLM protests bc they could get violent … this you?,” Helena Duke wrote on Twitter in response to the video.
In the clip, a white woman attempts to grab a phone off a black woman — who appears to be wearing a police uniform — before being struck right between the eyes.
The Massachusetts teen followed up that post by publicly naming her Trump-supporting family members: “Hi this is the liberal lesbian of the family who has been kicked out multiple times for her views and for going to BLM protests to care what happens to me: Mom: Therese Duke, Uncle: Richard Lorenz, Aunt: Annie Lorenz.”
Hi this is the liberal lesbian of the family who has been kicked out multiple times for her views and for going to BLM protests to care what happens to me so:
Mom: Therese Duke
Uncle: Richard Lorenz
Aunt: Annie Lorenz pic.twitter.com/cuBAPJ3GJA
— Helena Duke (@duke_helena) January 7, 2021
In another tweet, Duke compared a picture of the bloody-faced woman in the video with a picture of her mom, saying “for those that don’t believe it’s my mother…”
The teen, whose initial tweet has been retweeted more than 66,000 times, told The Post that she only learned her mom was participating in the violent uprising after seeing footage online. She said her mother — who has been identified by Newsweek as Therese Duke — had told her she would be out of town for three days to take her aunt to get a medical procedure done.
“She didn’t give me any more information about it, she was very vague … When I found out about the Capitol being stormed, I looked at her location sharing and it had been off for two days, so I assumed in that moment, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, she might actually be there,’” Duke told The Post.
“And then the next day, my cousin shared a video of her getting punched in the face … by police after harassing them.”
Duke said she believes her mom, a former Democrat who abruptly changed her political views about three years ago, has been “brainwashed” by the MAGA movement.
“I’m not surprised that these actions occurred or that my mom was involved with it because I think at this point, all she had in her head was that whatever the president tells her is right and is what she will go along with. So I think she had in her mind this was the right thing to do,” she said.
“At first I was kind of uneasy about it, but I think it was definitely so hypocritical of her to end up kicking me out of the house for going to peaceful protests because she assumed they’d be violent, and then end up going to this, which was obviously a very violent attack on the Capitol — and end up harassing a cop,” she said.
The teen says she does not believe her mother was among those who actually breached the Capitol.
— Jay #WeAreGroot Abbit🎉🥳🎊 (@AbbitJay) January 8, 2021
The teen said that her family members have been contacting her to remove their names from her tweets.
“We are not proud of how things went in DC,” her aunt wrote in a text. “I know you are upset but putting us in danger isn’t going to solve anything. Please … I am Begging you to remove.”
But Helena said that she doesn’t believe she did anything wrong.
“I always felt almost heartbroken over how they viewed the world and how skewed it was and how they wouldn’t allow me to express my views. But showing that they can act in such a horrible way is just really appalling to me,” she said. “I am honestly very disappointed to have to be part of this family that is so…just, very not welcoming or supportive. I don’t feel safe being part of this family.”