CHICAGO — A real estate agent who admitted on social media to “storming the Capitol” has been fired, according to a statement from @properties, a Chicago-based brokerage firm.
“Over the past several hours, @properties has received a tremendous amount of outreach regarding the actions of one of our agents, Libby Andrews, yesterday in Washington DC,” the statement read. “Effective immediately, @properties is terminating this agent, who acknowledged on social media, that she took part in ‘storming the Capitol.’ @properties does not condone violence, destruction or illegal activities.”
Andrews didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment. Reached by text message, she told Patch she would be happy to talk but was currently boarding a plane. Her comments will be added here when they are received.
Andrews denied wrongdoing in an interview with Crain’s Chicago Business, telling the paper that she was not part of the violence that took place as a mob forced its way into the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, resulting in four deaths.
“I went there to support my president, but I never saw anything destructive taking place,” she told Crain’s.
@properties didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Additionally, I bring my creative, solution-oriented approach, analytical skills, social media savvy, marketing expertise, and negotiating acumen to my passion for real-estate as a broker with @Properties,” according to her bio.
“Most recently,” she continues, “I am using my vast connections to introduce lucrative business contracts to American businesses through East African Partners, as the Managing Partner.” Her bio on the East African Partners website states, “Libby is a strong believer that making America Great Again is achieved by making other countries great as well.”
According to Crain’s, Andrews has received an offer to work for another real estate firm, Gold Coast Exclusive. It’s not clear if that offer was made before or after yesterday’s events.
On Twitter, Andrews describes herself as a “Mother, Patriot, Inventor, Entrepreneur” and has shared cryptic QAnon messages, such as “My fellow Americans, the Storm is upon us,” which she retweeted yesterday as the violence was unfolding on Capitol Hill.
QAnon is a right-wing conspiracy theory rooted in baseless claims that President Donald Trump is waging a secret war against a satanic child sex trafficking ring run by top Democrats. “The Storm” refers to an apocalyptic event in which the war is finally revealed to the public.
Andrews’ recent listings on homesnap.com, a real estate website, include several luxury apartments listed between $449,ooo and $4 million.
“Want an agent who’ll really listen to what you want in a home? Need an agent who knows how to effectively market your home so it sells? Give me a call! I’m eager to help and would love to talk to you,” she writes online.
A single review posted on the website reads: “great for armed insurrection and sedition, not so good for a condo in the gold coast.”