There is something odd going on across the country. There are people emerging from a Carnaval-liked party filled with excitement. Yet, they participated in a coup to overcome our government. They terrorized the nation’s leaders and left five people dead in their wake, the latest a Capitol police officer with his head allegedly caved in by a fire extinguisher. Take this guy.
The CEO and President of a marketing firm, Cogensia, Bradley Rukstales was one of those insurgents who participated in this mob act of terror. Then, he got caught. Of course, he is sorry. Sorry that he got caught. All of a sudden, mob violence was just not his thing anymore. What are you going to do? After one occupation, has the shine worn off?
Sure he is saying that he made the worst decision of his life. You think? Tell that to the family of Brian Sicknick, 42, the Capitol police officer who died protecting the symbol of our great nation.
Rukstales told WBEZ out of Chicago he was arrested for unlawful entry. He claimed it was the first time in his life he arrested. Well, he certainly made up for it. He said it was “extremely poor judgment.” No. It was far worse than that. It was a revolution, a resurrection. Our historic building had feces spread around it while both Democratic and Republican legislators hid and gun shots peppered the air.
The CEO released a statement saying how “deeply regretful” he was. We just got him wrong. Rukstales said he is a “peaceful and law-abiding citizen.” He has a funny way of showing it:
‘My decision to enter the Capitol was wrong, and I am deeply regretful to have done so. Without qualification and as a peaceful and law-abiding citizen, I condemn the violence and destruction that took place in Washington.’
He started telling the world how terribly regretful he was for his “indiscretion.” Indiscretion? That is having an affair. What this character did was participate in the deaths of five people. He has blood all over himself. But he wishes he could take everything back. So do we, but that is not going to happen.
This CEO’s actions were despicable, treasonous. Yet, his biggest problem was being an “embarrassment to my family, colleagues, friends and fellow countrymen.” Nice touch there, Bradley, your “fellow countrymen.” Is that how you always talk? Americans are not embarrassed. They are outraged. They want you in solitary confinement for the rest of your life. Is that embarrassed enough for you Mr. CEO? His statement continued:
‘I offer my sincere apologies for my indiscretion, and I deeply regret that my actions have brought embarrassment to my family, colleagues, friends and fellow countrymen. It was the single worst personal decision of my life. I have no excuse for my actions and wish that I could take them back.’
His bosses’ attorneys must have been hyperventilating. Marketing’s clients are just so fickle when it comes to insurrections. Lest we think Rukstales wore his work badge and the company cap handed out at the last corporate picnic, Cogensia wanted us to know that he did this all on his own. Of course, it did hire a CEO who was capable of anarchy. Just saying.
In a post to Twitter this Thursday, Rukstales’ employer announced that he has been placed on leave while they assessed the situation. That makes us want to run right out and shake their little weasel wording hands:
‘Our CEO, Brad Rukstales’ participated in the recent Washington DC protests. Those actions were his own and not acting on behalf Cogensia nor do his actions in any way reflect the policies or values of our firm. He has been placed on leave of absence while we assess further.’
CBS Chicago interviewed Rukstales who was just so happy to see all of the Trump supporters hanging out together singing Kumbayah and roasting marshmallows. It was just a little “Stop the Steal” get-together, where this group of yahoos stole the lives of five people.
Then, Bradley said chaos came in and landed right on top of him, that there was nothing he could do and nothing he did. So how did he get arrested? He said:
‘I had nothing to with charging anybody or anything or any of that – I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I regret my part in that. And that’s all I’m comfortable saying.’
Are we embarrassed the mob overwhelmed police barricades, surged into the U.S. Capitol, shot off guns, and forced people to shelter in place, then hide?
The U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. has opened a federal murder investigation into the deaths. In a joint investigation, the FBI, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, and the U.S. Capitol Police will work to handle the aftermath.
Sicknick worked for the Capitol Police for 12 years. His brother released a statement to ABC News:
‘After a day of fighting for his life, he passed away a hero. I would like to thank all of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement for the incredible compassion and support they have shown my family.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered Capitol flags be flown at half-staff in the Capitol policeman’s honor:
‘On behalf of the House of Representatives, I send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after defending the Capitol complex and protecting those who serve and work here. ‘
‘The perpetrators of Officer Sicknick’s death must be brought to justice. The violent and deadly act of insurrection targeting the Capitol, our temple of American Democracy, and its workers was a profound tragedy and stain on our nation’s history. But because of the heroism of our first responders and the determination of the Congress, we were not, and we will never be, diverted from our duty to the Constitution and the American people.’
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen released a statement:
‘The Department of Justice will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible.’
This was a revolution where anarchy reigned. Treason was the consequence. Now what, Bradley?
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