A Texas teen turned in his own father to the FBI after he participated in the Capitol riots.
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, 18-year-old Jackson Reffitt spoke about his decision to tip off authorities about his father, Guy.
According to the FBI, Guy Reffitt warned his family to not report him. “If you turn me in, you’re a traitor,” he reportedly said. “And you know what happens to traitors, traitors get shot.”
“It just felt like the right thing regardless of my emotions and how much I loved my family,” Reffitt told Cuomo. “I didn’t think he would actually do anything bad but him saying anything even remotely threatening to me and my sister and government officials, it was too much.”
Reffitt explained that his father had dramatically changed over the past four years and that he had gotten involved with far right militias. Though he didn’t mention him by name, he also alluded to Donald Trump as the primary influence for his father’s actions.
He added that he wasn’t even aware that his father was planning to go to Washington DC until the day Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. “I’m sure it was because of my political views,” he said.
Guy Reffitt was arrested at his Wylie, Texas home and charged with unlawful entry and obstruction of justice.
Jackson Reffitt told The New York Times that he is no longer staying at home and wouldn’t disclose his location for his safety.
He has also started a GoFundMe campaign to support his college tuition. “I might be kicked out of my house due to my involvement in my dad's case, so every cent might help me survive,” the description reads. The campaign is already close to achieving its $100,000 goal.