Security guard who punched MAGA mom in viral video claims self-defense

Security guard who punched MAGA mom in viral video claims self-defense


The black security guard caught punching a pro-Trump rioter outside the US Capitol — who was then publicly shamed by her teen daughter — said she’s been charged with assault over the caught-on-camera slug.

Ashanti Smith, 28, opened up about last Wednesday’s fracas, when MAGA enthusiasts descended on the nation’s capital, saying she punched Therese Duke in the face out of self-defense.

“I feared for my life. I’m hearing, ‘Hang her, we’ll kill her, she deserves to die,’” Smith told WHUR radio station on Thursday.

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Viral video from Jan. 6 showed Smith, dressed in her security guard uniform and wearing a mask, surrounded by a crowd of rowdy protesters — and Duke reaching out to grab Smith’s phone.

That’s when Smith clocks Duke, who is white, right in the face.

“She kept trying to take my phone and take my mask off because I kept asking them to stay away from me, stop following me, and stop being so

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