Opera singer is charged with Capitol Hill assault

Opera singer is charged with Capitol Hill assault


norman lebrecht

June 07, 2021

NBC News has reported that Audrey Ann Southard Rumsey of Spring Hill, Florida, is among those charged with assault on Capitol Hill on January 6. She was captured on video yelling, “Tell Pelosi, we are coming for that b—-.” according to an affidavit supporting her arrest.

Southard, 52, was apparently a Carnegie Hall prizewinner in 2012 and gave a recital there the following year.



  • IntBaritone says:

    Good. Have fun in jail, traitor.

  • M McAlpine says:

    Has the person who shot and killed an unarmed female protester been charged with anything? The media have been very quiet on that.

    • Wondering says:

      A full investigation was pursued, determined that evidence was insufficient for prosecution, and closed without charges two months ago (reported by the media at the time).

    • Couperin says:

      You mean the unarmed white female protestor who was about to jump through a window that a white male protestor bashed in with a riot helmet while Capitol police held a gun on them telling them to stay back because getting through the window would have brought them dangerously close to both Republican and Democratic representatives and staff? The media hasn’t been quiet on that. Everyone knows the traitors name and everyone can watch the video. The officer should be commended, or else charged with “Keeping Democracy Safe from Traitorous Ignorant Morons”

      • Karl says:

        If the officer is such a hero why don’t we know his or her name?

        • Maria says:

          Anonymity is the essence in a police force and not be dragged into the American celebrity culture.

          • Harold says:

            Hey Maria, take a look at how quickly the names of police officers who are involved in the shooting of a black suspect are spread across the media-scape.

      • M McAlpine says:

        Thanks! Now we know that shooting unarmed white female protestors is all part of ‘keeping democracy safe’!

      • Hayne says:

        The police officer absolutely gave no warning to the small unarmed woman about to jump through the window. There was no evidence that he did. There were 3 police officers standing right next to her. Why didn’t they easily arrest her? For God’s sake the guy was endangering them also when he shot her. The US Representatives were evacuated from their chambers well before. Before you commend this “officer,” please let us know the name of this hero, ok?

      • Tom Phillips says:

        Absolutely true, she certainly deserved her death. THANK GOD it occurred!

    • Save the MET says:

      Dude, she was jumping through a window she and her insurrectionist comrades had broken to smithereens. The corridor right outside the chamber. House members were still in the chamber. Not blessed with the swiftest brain and misplaced anger she was “Darwined”. She merits a Darwin award for her abject stupidity at the end of the year.

      • Hayne says:

        House members were not in the chamber. Not to change the subject but where was your outrage when leftists stormed the Wisconsin State Capitol in 2011 or occupied the Senate Office building in 2011? No, she shouldn’t have been there but to be murdered for it? Get back to media…

        • Maestro6161 says:

          Since I was one of many that “stormed” the Wisconsin Capitol I need to correct you on the use of the term “stormed”. Many people simply walked around the capitol building, unarmed, peaceful and making a point in a peaceful manner. To compare what happened in Wisconsin to the DC disaster is ridiculous.

      • Ashu says:

        [Not blessed with the swiftest brain]

        Maybe she was clinically retarded, in which case, wouldn’t you be required to shout down anyone who mocked her?

    • fflambeau says:

      The “unarmed female protestor” had violated trespassing laws and was violently engaged with police officers trying to get into the capitol. She got what she deserved.

    • Jeff says:

      She was shot by the Capital Police. This did not stop the rioters, they kept pushing though with the intent of murdering Mike Pence.

    • “unarmed”… but obviously violent and threatening and determined enough to hurt someone that she launched herself through a glass window.

      You don’t have to have a gun to be dangerous and she was past the benefit of the doubt on that line.

    • Tom Phillips says:

      If you’re referring to the violent fascist terrorist Ashley Babbitt – a traitor to the U.S. constitution as well as her military background – her well-deserved death should in fact become an annual national celebration.

  • sam says:

    I managed to track down the program for her Carnegie Hall recital:

    Verdi, Tosca: “Tell Scarpia, I’m coming for that bitch”
    Bizet, Carmen: “Tell Manuelita, I’m gonna cut that bitch”
    Verdi, Macbeth: “Stop being such a bitch Macbeth”
    Strauss, Salome: “Yeah, I’m a bitch”
    Bellini, Norma: “Capitol Diva”

    • carlo says:


    • Nick Schleppend says:

      I think you forgot “Elektra”. “Whose blood must flow?”

    • Sixtus Beckmesser says:

      Love this, but I’d like to know more about Verdi’s Tosca.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      Pelosi is one of the most execrable human beings – apart from Pol Pot et al – that I’ve seen in recent decades. An old crone who tears up a State of the Union Speech is unspeakably morally corrupt.

      • Westfan says:

        Your constant right wing political parroting is execrable, and tiresomely predictable. Stick to music comments and give us all a break. An old crone? What does that make an incontinent, girdle wearing, delusional, narcissistic, orange haired buffoon who thinks he’s still the president?

      • Rebreok says:

        Trump was a fraud whose only legacy is a mountain of corpses.

    • BRUCEB says:

      Salome: “Bring me, on a silver platter, the head of that bitch”

  • Tiredofitall says:

    Musicians and artists come in all stripes.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    Proof-reading: it was January 6, not 5.

  • RW2013 says:

    Years of singing to other prisoners is also a novel concept.

  • Curvy Honk Glove says:

    It’s cancellin’ time for this tRumptard! Why, oh why aren’t we vetting our rosters for those espousing this type of wrong-think? The arts will never be safe until we are unified under one political party!

  • Will Wilkin says:

    The insurrectionist politics promoted by former-President Trump and much of his political party threatens our constitutional republic in ways that Vladimir Putin could only rejoice. Regarding prison singing itself, in 2018 I attended a performance of Fidelio by the Heartbeat Opera company in NYC. They had done very impressive work with prisoners in several prisons, resulting in a filmed prisoners’ chorus merged onto the live stage performance. Very beautiful and moving. The prisoners appear at 4 minutes into the scene:


  • Karl says:

    She should have gone to a ‘mostly peaceful’ BLM protest and burned some buildings while shouting kill the cops. Then she would be a hero.

  • Save the MET says:

    She lives in Tampa, “Flori-duh”, slippery slope from there.

    • E Rand says:

      and where do you live?

    • Hayne says:

      Yes, the same “Flori-duh” that New Yorkers are fleeing to:)

      • Save the MET says:

        Hayne, Many who fled there are now returning after seeing the grass ain’t greener in Florida, the Summers are miserable and the government there is run Putin style with a Duma, rather than a real legislature who is supporting the picayune legislation by the governor designed to launch his presidential (small p) campaign. His latest law to outlaw protest outside of public officials homes is one that’s not a Florida issue right now, but designed for the national GOP voters. The anti-gay bill was picayune legislation as well designed for the GOP public and not Florida. Smart New Yorkers who left during the pandemic are back. I was in a high end men’s suit store the other day and it was packed with people buying suits. They had a big staff and I had to wait 30 minutes to get a salesman. NYC is returning back to normal and the price of Florida real estate will drop again.

  • E Rand says:

    But I was told protests are peaceful? Maybe that’s only the protests with arson, looting and murder.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    And now to arrest BLM protesters who trashed buildings and destroyed city precincts. (Sound of crickets)

    One law for some and another for others.

    • HR says:

      False equivalency, once again, SSF. BLM activists were not trying to destroy the foundation of our democracy. Capitol rioters/seditionists were. BLM protesters never tried to murder lawmakers. Capitol rioters did.

      But one cannot reasonably expect anything different from you. You pounce at every chance to share your delusions regarding the dreaded left.

      There are probably members of your family who are not extreme right-wing reactionaries. You should hang out with them sometime. Maybe you’d find out that we’re not all boogeymen.

      • E Rand says:

        HR found a way to announce to the world they watch cnn without saying they watch cnn.

      • Karl says:

        They have set up autonomous zones. That is a direct threat to democracy and the country.

        • Save the MET says:

          No, they have created the zones, so government by elected officials in Congress can do their jobs without interference by a violent mob going forward who does not speak for all the people. You can still peacefully visit your Congressperson, or Senator, you can still contact them via a variety of means. There is no threat to Democracy, except a mob who does not have the will of the people.

    • Westfan says:

      Definitely a false equivalency. Those who destroyed property did not walk away, many were arrested and faced the rule of law, as they should. But the insurrectionists had much more in mind than damaging property. They were there to overthrow the government. And they are proud of it still, many of them have said they would willingly do it again. As the saying goes, “a failed coup is a dress rehearsal.”

  • Novagerio says:

    Well, the Capitol represents afterall “all the people”, or?…were we that shocked, that a “little” Civil War took place?
    I mean, you can’t expect that “only the GOOD people vote for Biden, and the bad for…” 😉

  • fflambeau says:

    Lots of people associated with classical music are/were bad people. Start with Richard Wagner and Reinhard Heydrich (a fine violinist whose dad owned classical musical schools).

  • Larry W says:

    Send her to Sing Sing.

    • Sisko24 says:

      Ha! Very punny.

      If she ‘rats’ on her fellow insurrectionists, you just know the press will be saying that she ‘sang like a stool pigeon’ on them.

  • Westfan says:

    Many of those arrested at the January 6 insurrection had unique and easily identifiable tattoos, professions or clothing. And of course most were busy taking selfies and proudly posting of their exploits on social media. IQ requirements seem to be uniformly lacking in all of them.

    • E. Rand says:

      Was it IQ? Or perhaps that they felt they were doing nothing wrong? The Antifa goons wear masks. Those who showed up on January 6th were largely driven by a patriotic fervor that blinded them to good decision making and, after they were encouraged by capitol police (there’s video of that) to enter the building, they had no reason to believe they were in danger of being destroyed by their government in the coming weeks. Of course their decision were informed by a pretending 9 months of anarchic looting, burning and murdering all cheered on by the democratic left. I forgive them their confusion.

      • Paul L. says:

        We have far more to fear from the people who work in the capitol than those who walked in to take selfies.

        • HR says:

          You are correct, Paul L. This is part of a piece I wrote the day after the attempted insurrection. Since then, even more Republicans have jumped on board with the Big Lie.

          Immediately preceding the Capitol riot, in a misguided attempt to curry favor with the occupant and his followers, a group of lawmakers started what they thought would be a civilized insurrection. They thought they could control the Frankenstein they helped to create. They thought they could grandstand, knowing their objections were futile.

          As lawmakers should have known, there’s no such thing as a “pretend” coup. Republicans who joined in the attempt to disenfranchise millions of voters are guilty of sedition. Why did they all stand and proudly identify themselves for the cameras? Just like the occupant and the rioters, they didn’t hide because they were certain they wouldn’t be prosecuted. These are the people we chose to represent us. This is us.

          It’s worth repeating: numerous elected officials traded our democracy for the approval of the very people set to invade and loot our Capitol. Our representatives were willing to resist the peaceful transfer of power to appease a vocal minority of people who believed a lie. Those Republicans are complicit in this conspiracy, as is the occupant and the terrorists who blindly worship him. This is us.

          The threat to our democracy was on plain view, once again. I’m no longer shocked at the sight of what should be a very disturbing juxtaposition: American flags, next to Confederate flags, next to flags with the name of the occupant. Every person in that group believes they are the real patriots. They’re convinced they’ve been wronged, because the occupant and other nefarious characters have told them the election was stolen.

          The menacing white-supremacist mob, confidently posing for pictures and desecrating the offices and halls of Congress, was emboldened by their leader. He, in turn, was enabled by Republican lawmakers. The domestic terrorists didn’t hide their crimes because they were not afraid, nor are they an aberration.

          We need to understand that the rioters, which most of us view with scorn and derision, believe they are revolutionaries, entitled to invade the Capitol in self-righteous indignation. Not surprisingly, the occupant said they were very special people and that we loved them.

          Although they’re a minority, we saw the amount of damage that occurred with the aid and encouragement of powerful people. Even more troubling than the property damage is the wound they and their co-conspirators inflicted on our republic.

          Of course, not all Republicans condone such lawlessness – most are quickly trying to distance themselves from it – , but there was a large group of public officials who were completely onboard with the attempted government takeover. Once the terrorists breached the Capitol building, it was clear that the Republicans, who had just done their part to support an uprising, were afraid of the people with whom they were aligned.

          The violence that numerous Republicans had accepted and condoned on previous occasions was now too close for comfort. Suddenly, Kelly Loeffler, Republican Senator from Georgia, who had cozied up to white supremacists, wasn’t so keen on being part of the insurrection.

          That scene will be forever etched in my memory: law enforcement, behind a furniture barricade, guns drawn, broken glass. Lawmakers, staff, and reporters hiding and crouching on the floor of our Capitol. Their fear was palpable.

          After the invasion, some lawmakers tried to repudiate the actions of the terrorists, but it was too late. Irreparable damage was done. It appeared architects of the plan didn’t anticipate the consequences of the unrest they fomented, because they were lying to themselves about what they had in common with the terrorists: a willingness to destroy our democratic traditions and institutions.

          Ben Sasse is one of the few Republicans who has occasionally had the courage to stand up to the occupant. However, his belief that we’re “not that” is precisely what dooms us to continually “be that.” Simply declaring, “that’s not who we are,” will not solve anything. The occupant, lawmakers, police, insurgents are us. They are not separate from each other, and we cannot separate ourselves from them or the tragedy we saw unfold at our nation’s Capitol.

          If we are to move forward as a society, we must acknowledge and examine the dark side of our collective psyche. As long as we don’t recognize the existence of our shadow, it will continue to run the show. The attitude that “this is the greatest country in the world” should be challenged. Calling ourselves “the greatest” is not only arrogant and ill-informed, but it’s totally inaccurate, as proven by yesterday’s events.

          There is no “best” or “greatest” country. The United States is a country “in progress.” There can be no honest reckoning with our ugly underbelly if we continue to separate ourselves from each other and to deny the existence of our dark side, individually, and as a society.

          We have to ask ourselves, who are these people, and why do they think it’s acceptable to overthrow our democracy?

          Why have we allowed public servants to amplify conspiracy theories? Why do we tolerate the dangerous and cynical practice of manipulating uneducated people for votes?

          Why is there only one Republican (Senator Romney of Utah) who is demanding that his colleagues tell the American people the truth? Are lawmakers so fearful of conflict that they will continue to ignore the unethical behavior of their colleagues?

          This is not the first instance of white-supremacists being coddled by law enforcement. Do Capitol Police officers know of the existence of white supremacists in their ranks?

          Do Republicans still get to claim they’re the party of law and order? Will Josh Hawley, the Republican senator from Missouri who spearheaded the revolt in Congress, be held to account for his participation in an attempted coup? Does the fact that he raised funds during the insurrection concern anyone?

          According to Senator Sasse, “lies have consequences.” He blamed the occupant for the riot, which he said was inevitable. But it was only inevitable because he and other Republicans enabled the occupant for four years. He and his colleagues in Congress refused to hold the occupant accountable for any of his transgressions.
          Senator Sasse and other Republicans think they’re not the same as Ted Cruz, who thinks he’s not the same as the insurgent wearing the animal skin.

          They’re wrong. We’re all connected and all responsible for one another. There is a malignant sickness coursing through the veins of our society. We need to be honest about how widespread it is, from the occupant, to elected officials, to misinformation outlets, to the people responsible for protecting the Capitol, to the rioters who besieged and looted it.

          Too many people in power have allowed the cancer to fester and grow. I don’t claim to know the solution. But denying that “those people” are “us” is delusional. Distancing ourselves from the people who make us uncomfortable is not the answer.

          The elected officials who gave a standing ovation to fellow seditionists may look more respectable than the domestic terrorists, but they’re the same. Those lawmakers are as responsible as the occupant for the violent riot that has shaken us to our core.

          • Paul L. says:

            There was no sedition. No insurrection. You’ve been fed and swallowed whole, lies. And, what’s worse? You’re tedious.

          • HR says:

            What are you talking about? No one has fed me any lies. We all SAW what happened on the 6th of January at the Capitol.

            Do you have a television? Didn’t you see what happened in real time, like the rest of us? Open your eyes, dude. I’d rather be tedious than moronic.

          • Karl says:

            January 6th was a mostly peaceful protest.

          • Save the MET says:

            That’s why Federal judges and juries of their peers are pronouncing guilt in all but one case. Grow up and see the reality.

          • Hayne says:

            The protesters left peacefully with cops holding doors open for them. Is that how an insurrection works?
            All the door were locked from the inside magnetically. Who gave the orders to have them opened?
            Why were there so few police there on that day?
            Trump wanted national guard there but was nixed by whom?
            There were buses observed that pulled up with Antifa people getting out with police standing around doing nothing. What’s with that?
            Police fired flash bang into the crowd with women and children right at the beginning.
            Who gave the order?
            One would think the media would be curious, no?

  • Una says:

    She had a very fine singing career in New York then?

  • Mark Andreas says:

    All she had to do was scream “Black Lives Matter” and she would have been sprung from jail by Kamala and hailed as a hero by the left.

  • fflambeau says:

    Think on the sunny side of life: opera singers are having trouble making money these days. She will get free accommodation and meals, plus medical care–all paid for by others. And plenty of time to rehearse too. Her “profile” has already been elevated.

  • Save the MET says:

    She’s a Trumper and has been posting really vile stuff on-line for a long time on other people’s feeds on a specific site I suspect most of you use. I kept running into her on the site by happenstance and finally responded to one of her posts with logic and you wouldn’t believe the utter stupidity lacking any truthful context of the post she wrote to follow. As they say down South when speaking of the brain addled, “bless her heart”.