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Welcome to Hark Herald Press Wednesday, January 20 2021 @ 01:32 AM UTC

CAPITOL RIOTER PROFILE: Jenny Cudd, 36, from Midland, Texas

Crime and Punishment
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An FBI spokesperson confirmed Friday they’re reviewing tips about Midlander Jenny Cudd’s participation in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday that caused lawmakers to be evacuated and the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

The group of Trump supporters marched to the Capitol with the goal of peacefully assembling in a "show of solidarity," according to Cudd. Cudd said she then walked into the Capitol with a large group and took pictures inside the rotunda for about 15 minutes before leaving. News photographers captured Cudd and fellow Midlander Eliel Rosa inside the Capitol’s rotunda as they took photos on their cell phones.


The 36-year-old West Texas florist and self-described "conservative die hard patriot" always took to Facebook when she had something to say. So just hours after Jenny Cudd and scores of fellow Trump supporters swarmed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday during a violent insurrection, she launched a live stream with a Trump flag draped over her shoulders and boasted, “We did break down Nancy Pelosi’s door and somebody stole her gavel and I took a picture sitting in the chair flipping off the camera and that was on Fox News."

Cudd denied wrongdoing in an interview Friday with a Midland television station, saying she did not mean for it to be taken literally when she said "we" broke into Pelosi's office. She deleted her Facebook account late Saturday amid growing scrutiny of her digital footprint, which contained a Jan. 3 post that warned: "No matter what Trump will be President for 4 more years. Enjoy the show."


She took back a statement made in another live video before the riots Wednesday, in which she said “armed patriots” were marching to Capitol Hill. Cudd said Thursday that she did not see any protesters with guns. Law enforcement officials, however, have reported recovering six firearms and a cooler filled with Molotov cocktails from the scene.

Cudd became a trending topic on Twitter Thursday night, with many calling for her arrest, including Texas Rep. Jeff Leach and actors Jane Lynch and Patton Oswalt. “You should be arrested and prosecuted, Ms. Cudd,” Rep. Jeff Leach posted on Twitter Thursday night. “And I’m confident you will be.”


HISTORY OF HARASSMENT

Nearly 1,700 miles away in Midland. Heather Bredimus watched in disbelief. She knew Cudd. Quite well, in fact. The two women had bitterly feuded over pandemic mask ordinances. In recent weeks, Bredimus had grown frightened for her personal safety after she said Cudd, an anti-masker, became increasingly obsessed with targeting those who supported mask ordinances and openly discussed buying ammunition and a coming "revolution."

Bredimus and her husband confirmed that FBI agents recently interviewed them about Cudd's behavior. The acrimony between Bredimus and Cudd began in November, when Bredimus, a 37-year-old graphic designer, squared off against Cudd during a contentious city hall meeting debating the merits of a mask ordinance. They soon led rival mask groups: Bredimus, who is married to a hospital official, leads the pro-mask "Masks in Midland" club, and Cudd leads those opposed to masks. By December, Bredimus said anti-maskers began circulating photos of her van and license plate number, leading to anonymous death threats.

Later that month, Bredimus says, Cudd stood outside of Bredimus's residence - with Bredimus's four children inside and home alone - and began live-streaming to her followers. Bredimus said she alerted the Midland Police Department to voice concerns over what she viewed as Cudd's erratic and potentially threatening behavior but was told that there was nothing officers could do.

Cudd said Thursday she had not been contacted by the FBI but was “happy to talk” to them. She said she did not believe she had done anything unlawful.

By Friday, however, Cudd had created a legal defense fund on the crowdfunding site GiveSendGo. “I would appreciate any help you can provide in order to hire an attorney to fight back against defamation & the ongoing assault on my character,” she wrote on the page.

As far as whether the mob that broke out instead helped or hindered their cause, she said it was too soon to say. “I don’t know how that’s going to play out,” she said. “I know this is the news cycle right now. In a few days, it’ll be a different story.”


SOURCES:
https://www.mrt.com/news/article/Texas-GOP-lawmaker-calls-for-Cudd-s-arrest-15856166.php
https://www.mrt.com/news/local/article/Cudd-says-Capitol-riots-were-not-what-is-being-15857509.php
https://www.mrt.com/news/local/article/Washington-Post-profiles-Cudd-profiles-as-part-of-15860491.php

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