As the nation continues to deal with the aftermath of the deadly January attack on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, CNN found JoAnn Rowe, the mother of Capitol rioter Donovan Crowl, who is facing federal criminal charges including conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding, each of which are serious counts that could culminate in a hefty prison sentence. Crowl, an ex-Marine, stormed the Capitol building while wearing tactical gear, and he was among a group of individuals who climbed the building’s steps with hands on each other’s shoulders, as though in some kind of formation. In discussion with CNN, Rowe tearfully slammed Trump for his disregard of the fates of some of his supporters.
Rowe clearly was not supportive of her son’s actions in connection to the Capitol riot. Crowl is a member of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group comprised of current and former service members and the like. Rowe told CNN as follows, discussing her son:
‘I love the person that he used to be, but I despise the person that he is now. He’s not my son. And I still have a hard time believing that he did what he did. If he gets 20 years in prison, he’ll be 70 years old before he gets out of there. Trump doesn’t care about any of those people that stormed the Capitol for him. He doesn’t care one iota about them — hasn’t even mentioned them since he’s been out of the White House.’
CNN was also able to get in touch with Crowl, although he only spoke with them briefly through a partly open door. Crowl defended his actions, insisting (contrary to the evidence) that he “didn’t really do anything.” As he put it:
‘Well, actually, the things I did — I was hanging out with some of the wrong people. it seems like, but I didn’t really do anything, so I feel pretty good that my case is gonna come out and show that.’
Crowl has already spent about two months in jail. He was arrested in January and released in March ahead of his trial. Check out remarks from him and his mother below: