Felicia Konold of Arizona was on a road trip celebrating being alive after a bad accident left her with a broken back and half of her face ripped off in 2020.
Konold had never travelled before, so for the first time in her life she has been taking road trips through the country that she loves so dearly with her brother — while also homeschooling her 10-year-old son.
When Konold heard that President Donald Trump was going to be speaking in DC, the siblings decided to add a stop to their road trip plan. She had never been to a protest before and did not really know what to expect — in fact, she did not even expect it to be a protest, just a rally. What she did know is that patriotic Americans who loved their president were not often treated kindly, and that she had a little boy that needed her. She packed a medical kit and bought some extra protective layers to make sure she would get home safe, should leftists attack the event.
She also hoped that by bringing supplies, her training for veterinary medicine may come in handy if things went terribly awry.
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January 6 in DC was unlike anything she would experience in her wholesome and quiet life in Arizona, which mostly consists of spending time in her small mobile home, gardening, taking care of her animals, and homeschooling.
Konold still did not realize it was a protest when she followed the crowd of fellow Trump supporters to the Capitol. The door to the building was open and police seemed to be allowing people inside, so she went. She was kind and friendly to police and left quickly when she was told that people were not supposed to be there.
When the arrests of Capitol rioters started she assumed that she was okay. After all, she did no harm. She thought that the people who were being arrested were the ones who were violent or engaging in vandalism — not the peaceful people like her.
A month after the protest, she was yanked from her bed at gunpoint by the FBI. Her entire street was blocked off and crowded with unmarked vehicles. Her small mobile home was raided and a two page long list of her belongings was seized.
Konold is four months pregnant. Her son has always wanted a sibling.
The expecting mother was detained for an entire week. Bizarrely, the FBI told her not to speak to other law enforcement agencies.
Upon her release, Konold found that her social media accounts were all removed. She was even banned from the stock trading app WeBull. The media was smearing her as an “insurrectionist” and painting her to be someone that she is not, while all traces of her life and who she really is vanished from the internet. Without social media, it is nearly impossible to defend yourself from these smears. The media could now paint her as any cartoon villain that they wanted — and people couldn’t look at her happy and normal social media accounts to see otherwise.
Speaking to the Gateway Pundit, Konold said that she would just like to say that “myself nor 90 percent of the people hunted down and rotting in jail are who they are making us out to be. Through the tireless efforts of Americans, the truth will prevail.”
She also sent two quotes that she had written in her journal and have been running through her mind.
“If we do not hang together, we will most assuredly hang separately,” from Benjamin Franklin and “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it,” from the American Crisis No. 4, on September 11th, 1777.
Along with losing her social media to spread awareness of the reality of this situation, Konald was placed on house arrest and can no longer earn an income because she was a gig worker and law enforcement claims that is too hard to track. While dealing with all the discomfort that comes with pregnancy, her ankle is also being damaged by the monitor. She is receiving threatening hate letters in the mail.
Konold has been banned from communicating with her brother, who is also charged. Thankfully, kind friends and neighbors have been doing grocery store runs for her, since she can no longer do them normally, as she would have before.
To make the situation even worse, Konold has been given a court appointed attorney who seems to have very little interest in actually proving her innocence. Those who will actually fight for her come with a hefty price tag.
Konold has been charged with conspiracy, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
She is now trying to raise funds so that she can secure an attorney that will properly defend her. Those who wish to contribute can do so on Venmo at @Felicia-Konold-1.