WASHINGTON — The photo seen around the world: a man with his feet up in the office of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives says he has a Memphis connection.
Richard Barnett, who lives in Gravette, Ark, identified himself as the person in the photo, according to a reporter from the New York Times.
Hours after Barnett was identified, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Arkansas 3rd District) took to social media to say he was “sickened to learn that the below actions were perpetrated by a constituent.”
I’m sickened to learn that the below actions were perpetrated by a constituent. It’s an embarrassment to the people of the Third District and does not reflect our values. He must be held accountable and face the fullest extent of the law. This isn’t the American or Arkansas way.— Rep. Steve Womack, Twitter.
While he lives more than 300 miles away from the Bluff City now, FOX13 learned Barnett claimed he used to be a firefighter “out of Memphis” in a Facebook video on the “Just Say No BV” public page.
The Memphis Fire Department said after looking through records up until 1994 they couldn’t confirm if Barnett worked for MFD. The City of Memphis said the same thing. However, Memphis Firefighters’ Association President Tommy Malone was able to confirm that someone with the same name worked for MFD at some time in the past. Malone could not say if it is the man in the infamous photo.
Although it is not immediately clear how Barnett was able to get into the building, multiple videos show police overwhelmed by the pro-Trump rioters.
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