Rouses has released a statement after a photo shared on social media shows co-owner Donald Rouse, Sr. at Wednesday's Trump rally at the US Capitol that ended in a breach of the Capitol building.
The photo of Rouse was posted on Facebook by a man social media users have identified as a former Rouses HR Director. The photo depicts the two men outside at the rally.
The post has been deleted but the image was quickly circulated around Facebook and Twitter.
In that statement Donald Rouses says that he was there at the capital but "left before the violence began." He has condemned the actions of those at the US Capitol Building saying, "Violence and destruction do not represent our country’s values, or the values of Rouses."
Read his full statement below:
"I attended the rally yesterday as a supporter of the president and to be in our nation’s capital at the close of his presidency. I left before the violence began and was shocked and saddened to see it unfold on TV. I condemn the actions of those who unlawfully entered and damaged our hallowed institutions and threatened our public servants. Violence and destruction do not represent our country’s values, or the values of Rouses. Though I am no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of Rouses, that’s my family’s name on the building and my actions reflect on my family, Rouses and this community I love so dearly. I’m horrified by the violence and destruction we saw yesterday and the pain it has caused so many. Our country desperately needs to come together to heal, and I will do everything I can to be a part of that process. "
Donald Rouse, Sr. (right), the co-owner of the Louisiana-based grocery chainstore Rouses Markets, and former Rouses HR Director Steve Galtier traveled to DC to protest election, according to a public post on Galtier's FB.— Lamar White, Jr. (@LamarWhiteJr) January 7, 2021
He claims they were alongside "millions" of "patriots." pic.twitter.com/x0pDw62oBH
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