In West Virginia, Derrick Evans once held a position of power as a lawmaker. However, his journey took an unexpected turn when he found himself serving time in prison. His crime? Being present at the Capitol on January 6 a day that will forever be etched in American history.
Evans served three months behind bars after pleading guilty to one count of civil disorder. But despite this setback, his political aspirations are far from over. Evans has set his sights on a House seat in 2024, determined to continue fighting for what he believes in.
When asked about his experience on January 6, Evans describes it as the most patriotic day of his life. He points out that the reaction to that fateful day often overlooks the fact that “Democrats bombed the Capitol in the 80s.” According to Evans, what occurred on January 6 was not solely a violent uprising but also a gathering of patriots from all walks of life.
“There were women and children, veterans in wheelchairs,” Evans recalls. He emphasizes that the protest was largely peaceful and non-destructive. He spent less than 10 minutes inside the public rotunda area, urging others to maintain peace and respect.
Evans vividly remembers the moment he walked through the east rotunda doors, thanking a police officer along the way. This interaction was caught on video, which Evans believes is crucial for people to see. He wants individuals to witness the events firsthand and form their opinions rather than relying solely on media narratives.
After January 6, Evans faced severe consequences. Social media platforms de-platformed him, stripping away his online presence and connection with his 70,000 followers. Evans had live-streamed the entire event, not expecting any legal repercussions. However, he was arrested two days later, blindsided by the severity of the charges against him.
Reflecting on his experience, Evans firmly believes that his true crime, in the eyes of the government, was being an elected representative who dared to challenge the status quo. He saw himself as a voice of opposition against the growing tyranny in modern-day society.
Despite his obstacles, Derrick Evans remains determined to make a difference. He views his time in prison as a testament to his unwavering commitment to his principles. As he looks ahead to the 2024 elections, Evans hopes to regain the trust and support of the people, proving that his conviction to fight for freedom and justice is unyielding.
While his journey from lawmaker to political prisoner may have been unexpected, Derrick Evans continues to be a beacon of hope for those who believe in his cause. With a renewed sense of purpose, he is ready to forge a path toward a brighter future, one where the voices of the people are heard and their rights protected.