Kevin Whitt Fired by Texas GOP for Filming Himself at Capitol Riot

A staff member working for the Texas Republican Party has been fired after he was found to have posted videos of himself at the Capitol during the January 6 attack.

Field organizer Kevin Whitt was fired shortly after the party were made aware of the social media posts having been contacted by The Texas Tribune.

Among some of the now-deleted social media videos from Whitt are clips of him praising the far-right Proud Boys group and showing support for the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory.

In the video filmed outside the Capitol building, Whitt can be heard off camera saying, "I'm trying to move as close as I can," reported The Texas Tribune.

The caption of the video adds: "Say Her Name, Ashli Babbit!! RIP Patriot."

Babbitt was the U.S. Air Force veteran and supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory who was shot dead by police during the attempted siege on January 6.

In another clip from December 2020, Whitt can be seen arguing with a woman at pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. which had been the center of the widely debunked "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory.

The theory falsely alleged influential Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, were connected to a child sex ring linked to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in the capital.

In December 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch opened fire inside the restaurant thinking children were being abused there.

In the clip, Whitt shouts inside the restaurant: "Y'all are abusing children. You are pedophiles. Do not eat here. All of y'all should leave. They are serving up dead kids. This place is known ... for a restaurant that is sex trafficking children."

In another Facebook video posted in December, Whitt describes the Proud Boys as an "amazing" group of men with a "few bad apples that do dumb stuff" in the wake of the insurrection at the Capitol which their members were a part of.

Speaking to The Texas Tribune, Whitt said he "100 percent" believes in the Pizzagate theory which is closely tied to the QAnon movement. Whitt also denied he forced entry into the Capitol building on January 6.

"I was being nosy," Whitt said.

In a statement to Newsweek, a Texas GOP spokesman confirmed: "Information has come to light of some troubling video of one of our former employees. Due to this footage, we terminated our relationship."

Whitt was hired as a field organizer on November 30, 2020. Whitt was previously known for being a drag artist who left his previous life after finding religion. Last year he appeared in an anti-transgender political advert from the American Principles Project. Whitt states he lived as a woman for 17 years before deciding to detransition after realizing he was a cis man.

Whitt also describes himself as a former homosexual who used to work as a prostitute and other jobs in the sex industry. In recent months, he has also spoken at a number of pro-Donald Trump "stop the steal" marches backing his baseless claims of widespread election fraud.

Last month, the Texas GOP was criticized for failing to drop a slogan that almost completely mimics a phrase commonly used by QAnon supporters in the wake of the January 6 insurrection.

Texas GOP used the "we are the storm" slogan in a tweet urging people to follow them on controversial social media app Gab.

In QAnon terminology, "the storm" refers to the moment that Trump would start arresting and executing high-profile satanic pedophiles and those working for the "deep state," an event which the conspiracy theorists eagerly expected to happen at Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony.

The party denied the slogan, which they have been using since August 2020, had anything to do with QAnon and instead is a reference to a line from chairman Allen West's favorite poem.

"How many times do we have to answer this question?...Chairman West does not need to condemn a movement he was never a part of," a Texas GOP spokesman previously told Newsweek when pressed about the slogan and its similarity to a key QAnon phrase.

The Texas GOP spokesman then appeared to suggest the violence caused by Black Lives Matter protesters and antifa activists last year is a bigger concern to the country than QAnon.

"It has never been more apparent that the vast majority of the corporate press are not well-meaning referees, but simple partisan hacks," the statement added.

"The people of this country have not forgotten the national destruction that fell upon cities across America, even if the press would like us to remember it with rose-colored glasses."

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Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump fly a U.S. flag with a symbol from the group QAnon as they gather outside the U.S. Capitol January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Republican Party of Texas has fired a staffer after he filmed himself outside the Capitol during the January 6 attack. Win McNamee/Getty