‘Insurrection Barbie’ Compares Her Plight to Jewish People in Germany
A woman involved in the January 6 Capitol riot who said she’s been called an “insurrection Barbie” likened the negative attacks on her to the treatment of “Jews in Germany.”
Jenna Ryan, 51, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident and received a 60-day sentence from a judge who noted she’d become one of the faces of January 6.
Ryan, a Texas-based realtor, posted a heavily-criticized tweet last March.
“Sorry, I have blonde hair, white skin, a great job, a great future, and I’m not going to jail,” she wrote.
A few days before Ryan reported to prison, she described the backlash she’s received in an interview with NBC News, going so far as to liken her experience to “Jews in Germany.”
“They’re making fun of my skin color. They’re calling me an ‘insurrection Barbie,'” Ryan said.
“They have no idea who I am as a person, what my beliefs are, what I’ve been through, who I am,” she added. “They see me as a one-dimensional caricature. They don’t see me as a human.”
“And so, that is the epitome of a scapegoat. Just like they did that to the Jews in Germany. Those were scapegoats. And I believe that people who are Caucasian are being turned into evil in front of the media.”
When asked if she was comparing the situation to the Holocaust, Ryan said she was hesitant to elaborate.
“You know what’s so sad? That I’m afraid to answer your question because I will be attacked for saying that.”
Still, Ryan admitted she “definitely” feels she’s being persecuted.
In February, the real estate broker told The Washington Post that she participated in the Capitol riot because she “bought into a lie” from former President Donald Trump. She said she regrets “everything” about the “embarrassing” situation. Yet, she told NBC News that she’d vote for Trump again.
Ryan reported to Federal Prison Camp Bryan, a minimum-security prison in central Texas, on December 21. The full interview aired Tuesday on NBC Nightly News.
Capitol rioter compares attacks on her to treatment of ‘Jews in Germany’