Understandably, the Capitol riot events that took place last year are still a hot topic and so far, 772 people have been arrested and charged with crimes in connection with the Capitol insurrection. The number of people to face charges is expected to grow in the upcoming period as FBI and several other law enforcement agencies are working hard to identify as many rioters as possible.
One of the thousands who attended the “Stop the Steal” rally and Capitol riot last year is P. Davis, a man who now says he lost everything he had in life including his friends, his associate general counselor job at an insurance firm and his fiancée. His life literally fell apart in just several days once he returned home from the events that left five people dead. He had an interview with Insider few days ago.
The day after the Capitol riot, the Texas based lawyer was fired from the company where he worked for seven months as soon as his colleagues in the company realized he attended the rally and was among those who stormed the Capitol. They informed the public about their decision on Twitter and Davis was suddenly left without any income. Later, he confirmed selling his only house because he had no money.
Once a local TV station publicly revealed Davis’ identity on Twitter and his involvement in the Capitol riot, his fiancée started acting cold toward him. He was then afraid that a mob would show up outside his door and asked his dad to pick up his house keys from his fiancée and remove his guns and gold from the house. His fiancée refused to give his dad the keys, Davis said.
“I can’t do that,” Davis said she told him. “It’s too dangerous and I don’t want to be responsible.” It was no more than weeks after the riots when his fiancée left him. In that period, all of his friends cut ties with him. Davis was literally left on his own.
“Everything that I’d worked hard for 10 years evaporated overnight,” he said. “I just didn’t want to go on,” he added, saying he felt isolated and alone. “I mean, I wanted to die. I really did. I was in so much emotional pain. I was so lonely. I didn’t know how to even move forward with my life.”
The following months, Davis felt the real struggle stemming from his involvement in the Capitol riots. According to him, frequent panic attacks were just part of what he was going through every single day in the upcoming period. He was mentally weakened because of the looming uncertainty and loneliness.
“I mean, I would like to not live with that fear in the back of my mind, ‘Is the FBI coming for me?'” Davis said few days ago to Insider. “I don’t regret going because I just feel like it was really part of God’s plan for my life.”
Just like many other rioters that day, Davis felt untouchable. He was so proud of himself taking part of the Capitol riots not knowing that his involvement in the events will literally ruin his whole life, and he even posted a video on his personal Instagram account. Once it was announced that FBI crackdowns against those who had participated in the riot, he felt ‘terrible’.
“In my mind, I didn’t do anything wrong,” he told Insider. “I didn’t cross any boundaries. I didn’t assault anybody, but I know that doesn’t matter a lot of times.” He still continues to claim there was widespread voter fraud and he was only “verbally protesting” the results of the presidential election.