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​Twitter Users Confused By 'Name' Of Man Who Stole Podium In Capitol Building

​Twitter Users Confused By 'Name' Of Man Who Stole Podium In Capitol Building

“What kind of name is Via Getty?”

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

After Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol last night (6 January), many people found themselves particularly enraged by one protestor thanks to a viral photo showed him walking off with a podium stand.

The image was widely shared on social media, including one post that credited visual media company Getty Images for the photo.

"Via Getty, one of the rioters steals a podium from the Capitol," tweeted Politico's Chief Washington Correspondent Ryan Lizza.


Now, while the caption aimed to show where the image had come from (via - as in through - Getty), others took it to mean something else.

Yup, they thought that 'Via Getty' was the name of the Trump supporter in the image.

In response to the image, one person said: "I want Via Getty and everyone else who participated in this domestic terrorism at the Capitol today arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Someone else said: "Boom! We got one of these MAGA chuds! Via Getty look him up I bet he flunked out of high school and f***s his sister! Via Getty that is his name let's get this guy and serve justice."

A third pondered: "What kind of name is Via Getty?"



A fourth person, who thankfully understood what was meant in the caption, joked: "Via Getty's known accomplices include Staff Photo and Copyright Reuters."

As tensions rose yesterday, the US National Guard had to be called in to stop Trump supporters, many of whom had managed to gain entry to the Capitol Building in Washington DC in protest at the country's election vote.

A total of four people died, including one woman called Ashli Babbitt, 35, who had been shot.

Three others, two men and another woman, also died from 'medical emergencies' during the unrest.

The incident stemmed from President Donald Trump's refusal to accept the results of last year's US election, in which he was soundly beaten by Democratic candidate and now President elect Joe Biden.


Speaking in a Twitter video before his account was suspended, Trump told his supporters: "This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people.

"We have to have peace, so go home. We love you, you're very special. You've seen what happens, you've seen the way that others are treated that are so bad and so evil.

"I know how you feel, but go home, and go home in peace."

Biden's presidency was confirmed today after Congress certified his electoral college victory. He will assume office after an inauguration ceremony on 20 January in the US capital city.

Featured Image Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Topics: Viral, News, US News