/  01.15.2021


A woman has been fired from a Massachusetts hospital after her daughter identified her for partaking in a violent Pro-Trump mob in Washington D.C. Therese Duke was terminated from UMass Memorial after her daughter, Helena Duke, identified her and other family members on social media.

In a viral video, Duke was punched in the face by 28-year-old Ashanti Smith, who was working as a security guard at the Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C., one day before the deadly insurrection took place at the U.S. Capitol. Smith says she was acting self-defense after Duke allegedly tried to steal her cellphone.

UMass Memorial released a statement after receiving multiple tips about Duke’s behavior. “Over the past 24 hours, we have received numerous expressions of concern through social media regrading a UMass Memorial caregiver who may have been involved in this week’s violent events at the nation’s Capitol,” the health care provider said on Jan. 8. “The employee in question is no longer part of our organization.”

On Jan. 7, Helena, who has different political views than her family, took to Twitter to out her mom for participating in the violent mobs. “Hi mom. Remember the time you told me I shouldn’t go to BLM protests bc they could get violent…this you?” she wrote, while sharing a video of her mother with a bloody face. She then shared an additional photo of herself with her mother to prove to people that they were related.

Helena then revealed the names of her mother, uncle and aunt to assist the FBI with their investigation. “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,” she tweeted.

Check out Helena’s tweets below.

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