Robert Keith Packer Biography — Wiki
Robert Keith Packer is identified as the man who was allegedly wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” shirt in photos during the siege of the U.S. Capitol, was arrested Wednesday morning in Virginia, according to a law enforcement official.
A law enforcement official told CNN that Packer was picked up in Newport News, Virginia.
Robert Keith Packer Age
Robert Keith Packer, of Newport News, Virginia, is 56 years old, according to CNN.
Everything You Need To Know About Robert Keith Packer
Packer is an Extremist
One Virginia resident told CNN Packer had a history of extremism. “He’s been always extreme and very vocal about his beliefs,” the person said.
Another person who said they knew Packer described him as “off-beat.” That person said Packer has talked about frustrations with the government but did not recall any conversations about President Donald Trump or allegations of voter fraud.
Robert Keith Packer previously worked as a welder and a pipe-fitter, another source told the news outlet.
“Camp Auschwitz” Shirt Removed After the Photo Circulated Online
Companies that distributed custom merchandise like T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and other products, were distributing products with the “Camp Auschwitz” message. At least one company, TeeChip, responded to complaints and removed the products, saying they were removed from the site and “taken down for content reasons” on January 7, 2021, according to Newsweek.
It was not clear whether Packer purchased the shirt through TeeChip or another company.
Packer Has a Criminal History
CNN reported Robert Keith Packer has a criminal history in Virginia, which included three convictions for driving under the influence and one felony conviction for forging public records. He was charged with trespass in 2016.
Social media users were quick to criticize Packer.
“Better look at the guy with the ‘Camp Auschwitz’ hoodie from yesterday,” one person wrote. “Not only does it feature the SS ‘totenkopf’, but an English translation of ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’. No wiggle room, no joking here. This is who these people are.”
Another person shared a story about her grandmother on Twitter. She said she would watch Holocaust documentaries, hoping to find a family member.
A Historian Advised Twitter Users to Learn About Auschwitz Survivors
Fitzharris shared the photo of the man identified as Packer on Twitter in the hours after the siege on the Capitol. She suggested that Twitter users follow the Auschwitz Museum website and learn about the travesties that occurred there.
“Someone not only wore this sweatshirt, but some company made it. We, historians, have a lot of work to do, it seems,” she wrote. “Let’s start with this: follow @AuschwitzMuseum. Read their stories about those who died in the Holocaust. Learn about the past. Learn *from* the past.”
Packer was among the mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters
He was reportedly among rioters who unlawfully broke into the US Capitol building on January 6 as Congress was in the process of counting the Electoral College votes and certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
Wrongly convinced the election was stolen from Trump, the rioters fought with police officers and attacked members of the media, smashed windows, vandalized and ransacked offices, and stole federal property.