While Ryan released a statement condemning the violence at the Capitol, writing that she was “truly heartbroken for the people who have lost their lives,” an interview she gave shortly after leaving D.C. paints a slightly different picture.


“Then they were like, ‘Someone got shot in there,’ and we were like, we don’t care because our freedom is more important to us than our lives because the whole premise is give us liberty or give us death,” she told the website CandysDirt.com, sharing that she had also just popped a Xanax. Ryan added, “We are frontline patriots who are fighting for liberty.” Ryan also wanted the website’s readers to know that she is a “really good agent with lots of integrity” and is so good at her job that she makes “a ton of money and sells a ton of homes.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, Ryan has political aspirations, telling one outlet before she was charged that she would like to run for office as a member of the “Patriot Party.” Ryan, who once wrote a blog post on “how to be a social media supertar” (as well as launched a contest to find 2010's “hottest bachelors of real estate”), likely thought that livestreaming and posting her way through the storming of the U.S. Capitol would raise her public profile and launch her career into politics. It’s certainly accomplished the former.