When Tyler Ethridge was coming to Washington, D.C. for Donald Trump’s Save America rally he believed he was traveling to a combat zone. That D.C. would be similar to Beirut or Baghdad. As a Christian nationalist pastor Tyler was all in for his Lord and Savior Donald Trump. This post is about his activity in the days before the riot and what his alleged behavior was at the Capitol itself on January 6, 2021. Tyler had allegedly participated in a coup attempt and invasion of the Capitol for the first time since the British did so in the War of 1812.
“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Galatians 5:22-26 NIV
Tyler Ethridge our Christian nationalist pastor alleged terrorist in the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021
This blog is doing a deep dive into a Christian nationalist pastor who was involved in the January 6, 2021 riot. To get to this point this blog looked at a number of beliefs of Tyler that he espoused on social media. If you are seeing this post for the first time I would ask you to go back an read the following articles.
- “#PastorParler No Tyler Ethridge Premarital Sex Wont Destroy Your Life. However Raiding the Capitol and Participating in a Coup Attempt Will.” This post looks at Tyler’s view of sexual sin and his warped way of thinking. After all what will destroy a person’s life? Sleeping with their boyfriend/girlfriend or engaging in alleged terrorism activity in the United States Capitol.
- “#PastorParler Danielle Ethridge Since Your Husband May Spend Years in Prison for Alleged Terrorism/Sedition Activity in Washington, D.C. Some Suggestions For Your Planned Baby Registry.” After allegedly engaging in the storming of the Capitol, Tyler’s wife on Facebook spoke of planning her baby shower. This post is about the cold hard realities of what will hit their family when his actions catch up with them.
- “#PastorParler Alleged Christian Terrorist Tyler Ethridge and his Beliefs on the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Tyler didn’t believe COVID-19 is a serious public health crisis and downplayed the pandemic. He is allegedly opposed to vaccines, testing, and treatment for COVID.
- “#PastorParler In the End Tyler Ethridge Gave Up on the Gospel By Raiding the United States Capitol.” In the end Tyler gave up on his faith, God and the Gospel when he allegedly stormed the United States Capitol.
- “#TylerEthridge is Fired From Christ Centered Church of Tampa, Florida After He Allegedly Engaged in Terrorist Activity in the Washington, D.C. Capitol #PastorParler.” For his alleged actions in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 Tyler was fired from his youth pastor job at his church in Florida.
- “#PastorParler Alleged D.C. Terrorist Tyler Ethridge is Influenced by John Guandolo Whose Organization is Listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center Website as a Hate Group.” The Christian nationalist pastor was influenced by John Guandolo a disgraced former FBI agent into conspiracy theories about Islam.
- “#PastorParler Tyler Ethridge Who Allegedly Participated in the D.C. Insurrection and His Views on the Prosperity Gospel.” This post looks at Tyler’s views of the prosperity gospel which he deeply embraced.
- “Brian Gibson of HIS Church: Is He The Pastor to Terrorists?” Tyler was also influenced Brian Gibson a Christian nationalist pastor based in Owensboro, Kentucky. Gibson it appears is allegedly tied to a number of people who allegedly engaged in terrorism in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.
- “#PastorParler A Look at the Politics of Tyler Ethridge, a Christian Nationalist Pastor Allegedly Involved in the January 6, 2021 Washington, D.C. Coup Attempt.” This last post examines Tyler’s view of politics. As a Christian nationalist his faith and politics were merged.
All those articles laid the foundations for the next two articles that deal with what happened before the Washington, D.C. coup attempt on January 6 and during the riot itself. That will be followed up by a post on his actions post January 6.
Tyler Ethridge Plans to go to Washington, D.C. for the #SaveAmerica Rally and Travels to the Nation’s Capitol
Christmas in the Ethridge household for 2020 appears to have been low key. According to Facebook his wife made beef wellington for dinner on Christmas. Tyler on social media was obsessed with the election being “stolen.” And took it in hook, line and sinker. His views almost seemed in line with a jihadi from Afghanistan determined to do something. He had already traveled to Washington, D.C. after the election to march and protest and defend his personal Lord and Savior – Donald Trump. This blog is going to claim that in the end it was Trump who he worshipped and not Jesus. On Facebook on January 1, 2021 Tyler announced that he was going to Washington, D.C. on January 6. He claims he was invited. This is what he said.
A few days later he commented on what he was going to see in Washington, D.C. In Tyler’s mind he was traveling to a potential combat zone. He believed that traveling to our nation’s capital was like traveling to Beirut, Kabul or Baghdad. This is what he said.
And with that Tyler traveled to Washington, D.C. For previous Trump events in the city he flew. So this blog is going to assume that he did so. When he arrived this blog has no idea as to which motel/hotel he stayed. It also doesn’t know if he rented a car for personal transportation. This blog also doesn’t know if he met with people that he knew in the D.C. area. The day before the rally he commented on how he thought there could be violence. This is what he said.
January 6, 2021 Rally and Coup Attempt and Tyler’s Behavior
Tyler Ethridge on the morning of January 6, 2021 got dressed and attended the Save America rally on the Capitol Ellipse. He was excited to hear his Lord and Savior speak that morning. Also speaking was former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. At this point Giuliani’s evolution into a Penguin was officially complete. He listened to the former mayor scream, “Let’s have trial by combat.” He also listened to Donald Trump speak about saving America and how the election was stolen from him. Trump’s malignant narcissism was on full display where he played well the role of the aggrieved victim. Compassion and sympathy probably fluttered through Tyler’s heart. This blog wonders, did he fight back tears as he mourned how this election was stolen? After all Donald Trump had his personal Calvary moment. Like Jesus he was the suffering servant, willing to suffer for the sins of the earth. It probably was an emotional moment for Tyler. And then after Trump told the crowd to march up Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol he was willing to follow his God. And after the rally he followed the crowd as it marched on the United States Capitol. Like an Al Qaeda terrorist waiting for instruction from Osama Bin Ladin Tyler was committed and allegedly willing to follow his leader anywhere.
One of Tyler’s goals which he spoke about on Facebook was his attempts to capture the stealing of the election on camera. As the crowd surged he was there, and he worked at trying to live stream the event. As the mob ran up the United States Capitol steps Tyler, it appears was in the background. But he claimed that what was happening was peaceful. Below are two screen shots from his Facebook account where he allegedly captured the video. Also pay attention to how other people close to Tyler who appear to have connections to Charis Bible College and also into Christian nationalism praise the event as being peaceful.
The last comment on there this blog believes was posted by another person as Tyler became infamous and his social media was identified. And it was during this time that a Police Officer was dragged down the steps and beaten with a flag pole. The crowd continued to rush using weapons to break windows and open doors. A police officer who would later die was being beaten with a fire extinguisher. People in the Capitol hid in terror and a woman was shot fatally. Amidst tear gas and the crowd trespassing onto federal property Tyler followed them into the building. In what appears to be the basement of the Capitol rotunda amidst tear gas and rioters screaming “Stop the Steal” at 2:51 in the afternoon Tyler recorded the following video which would go up on Parler.
And while he acknowledged as how to he would probably lose his job, he also explained that he did what he did for his unborn child and daughter. Does he realize that he was used by Trump and that he was duped? And with that Tyler was a part of a group of people who not only attempted a coup but he also participated in the sacking of his own Capitol. It was the first time that the United States Capitol was invaded since the War of 1812. Even Robert E Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War never got that close to the Capitol.