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For better or worse, now-fired Kentucky nurse Lori Vinson clearly believes in the doctrine of YOLO, also known as “you only live once.”

Because of her decision to participate in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, Vinson lost her job at Ascension St. Vincent, a hospital in Evansville, Indiana, which is about a 30-minute drive from her home in Morganfield, Kentucky.

Yet despite now being unemployed, Vinson doesn’t regret a thing.

People have asked, ‘Are you sorry you’ve done that?’ Absolutely I am not. I am not sorry for that, I would do it again tomorrow,” she said in an interview late last week with Evansville station WFIE.

She added,  “I hope that is something I remember and say, ‘I’m glad I was a part of that 30 years from now.’

(Source: WFIE video screenshot)

Her perception of the riot is rooted in her belief that she did nothing wrong by entering the U.S. Capitol.

The doors were open, people were filing through, there were no signs that said, ‘Do not enter.’ There were no cops saying ‘Don’t come in.’ If we had met any resistance, we would’ve never entered the building,” she added in a separate interview with Nashville station WZTV.

Plus, she told WFIE, she wasn’t one of the Capitol stormers who’d participated in any riotous behavior.

“I participated in none of that. I would never participate in that,” she said.

To hear her tell it, she was just an innocent tourist, which is why she’s reportedly filed an appeal against Ascension St. Vincent’s termination decision.

“I felt like what I done was justified, and so I just said I would do this all over again tomorrow,” she told WZTV.

(Source: WZTV video screenshot)

“Because I was there for a peaceful protest and that’s what I was doing. I felt like I have done nothing wrong and I wouldn’t change it,” she added in her interview with WFIE.

Considering that mainstream and local media outlets across the country had spent months portraying the deadly, violent summer riots by Black Lives Matter and Antifa extremists as “peaceful,” it’s not hard to grasp why she feels this way.

The fact remains, however, that the storming of the U.S. Capitol was a violent event that led to the injury of numerous police officers and the outright death of one.

“What happened last week seems to have crossed the line from your typical sign-carrying protest march down the street. That crossed a line into a lot of criminal activity,” attorney Heather Collins of Nashville’s Collins & Hunter PLLC noted to WZTV.

What remains unclear is whether Vinson might eventually face criminal charges. Thus far she’s been left alone, though she was briefly interviewed by the FBI.

“The whole conversation was about 10 minutes long. And he said, ‘Thank you, you won’t be hearing from me again,'” she said to WFIE.

By no means is Vinson the only Capitol stormer without regrets. One participant, Christine Priola, who was photographed holding a sign near the vice president’s Senate chamber seat, doesn’t just feel no regret — she feels emboldened.

A day after the riot, she quit her job as a school occupational therapist so she could embark on a mission “to expose the global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia.”

“I will not be taking the coronavirus vaccine in order to return to in-person learning. I will be switching paths to expose the global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia, including in our government and children’s services agencies. I do not agree with my union dues which help fund people and groups that support the killing of unborn children,” she reportedly wrote in her resignation letter.

Priola is believed to be a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory.

She was subsequently charged by federal authorities this past week, which doesn’t bode well for Vinson.

“She’s been charged with three federal offenses: Violent entry and disorderly conduct, knowingly entering a restricted building and unlawful activities on Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint written by Deputy U.S. Marshal David Kasulones,” NBC News confirmed.

It seems likely Vinson could face the same charges.

Vivek Saxena

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