A convicted Capitol rioter who said she has been called an “insurrection Barbie” compared the treatment she has received to “Jews in Germany” in a new interview.
Jenna Ryan, a Texas woman who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge after storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, suggested to NBC News in an interview last month that the backlash she has received is similar to the treatment of “Jews in Germany,” apparently referencing the Holocaust.
“They’re making fun of my skin color. They’re calling me an ‘insurrection Barbie,’” Ryan told NBC News five days before reporting to prison, in an interview that will air Tuesday on NBC Nightly News.
“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.”
She then suggested that white individuals are being treated as scapegoats, likening it to Jewish people in Germany.
“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,” Ryan said.
Asked if she was equating her circumstances with that of the Holocaust, Ryan said she did not want to discuss the matter more because of retribution she may receive.
“You know what’s so sad?” Ryan said. “That I’m afraid to answer your question because I will be attacked for saying that.”
She said other individuals have pointed out the similarity, adding that she “definitely” feels like she is being persecuted.
Ryan, a real estate broker from Texas, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted government building in February, more than a month after the Capitol attack.
She pleaded guilty to one charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol in August, and was sentenced to two months in prison in November. She reported to Federal Prison Camp Bryan, a minimum security prison in central Texas, on Dec. 21, according to NBC News.
Ryan livestreamed herself entering the Capitol a year ago, then openly told reporters she had taken part in the riot. She spent two minutes in the Capitol, according to NBC News.
She made headlines in March after tweeting that she was “definitely not going to jail” because of her blonde hair, white skin, “great job” and “great future.”
Definitely not going to jail. Sorry I have blonde hair white skin a great job a great future and I’m not going to jail. Sorry to rain on your hater parade. I did nothing wrong
— Jenna Ryan (@dotjenna) March 26, 2021
She told NBC News that she believes the tweet is in part the reason she received prison time instead of probation. She told the network that she did not mean that her skin color would stop her from receiving jail time, but was instead responding to earlier posts that made mention of her race.
Ryan admitted, however, that “it wasn’t the best way to handle it,” adding, “I understand that now.”
She reflected on her situation five days before reporting to prison, telling NBC News “I don’t feel like a horrible person.”
“Everyone has done something wrong in their life, and you just say you’re sorry and you move along,” she later said.
“I feel like a proud American who made a mistake but did what I thought was right at the moment,” she added.
Ryan in February told The Washington Post that she took part in the Capitol riot because she “bought into a lie” from former President Trump, calling the situation “embarrassing” and saying she regrets “everything.”
Last month, however, she told NBC News that she would vote for Trump again.
More than 700 people have been charged in connection to the Jan. 6 attack, Insider reported last month. Thursday marks one year since the deadly riot.