If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably seen one or more memes of #grambo. We are sorry to tell you than Grambo, better known as Joann Fiedler is not a grandma. The 56-year-old quality engineer doesn’t have children… or grandchildren. It will be hard for her to shed the nickname either way. She’s the pistol-packing Washington County, WI woman who was frustrated with what she saw happening in Kenosha in the Summer of 2020. She read about the 71-year-old man who was violently attacked while trying to put out fires at a mattress store in uptown Kenosha. When she saw on the news the next day, that Governor Evers denied aid from then-President Trump, that made her disgusted. She then got a phone call from a like-minded friend that wanted to go to Kenosha to help protect business and deter the opportunists from starting any more fires. She wanted to help Kenosha, so she hitched a ride with that friend and off to Kenosha they went.
When Fiedler arrived in Kenosha, she said “I was totally shocked, speechless. It seemed like a war-zone from a movie.” She remembers seeing many people on top of their homes with long guns, she assumed, protecting them from the rioters. At one point she ended up crossing paths with Kyle Rittenhouse, a man who shot three people later that night in self-defense. Fiedler said she brought her .380 pistol as a means to protect herself in the event she was attacked. Fiedler said she has good observation skills. She testified about Rosenbaum being erratic and she was at the northern-most Car Source location when the shootings occurred – a business that had been the target of the rioters. The group then decided to lock the building and leave the area. One of the men with Fiedler, Nick Smith, grabbed the keys for Car Source and left to go get the car.
Fiedler watched the testimony of the Khindri brothers, whose family owns the three car source buildings and said they were lying under oath. She recalls that one of the brothers actually cried when he shook Fiedler’s hand thanking her for helping to protect the business. The men testified under oath that they didn’t ask anybody to protect their businesses.
Fiedler told the Kenosha County Eye that the burning, rioting, and looting didn’t help anyone’s side. In fact, she said it destroyed any progress that was made. “American’s don’t like to see this crap.”
Fiedler was only subpoenaed the Saturday before the trial. That was only because her friend saw her name on the witness list that we posted and called her. Fiedler then called the DA and they then subpoenaed her.
During her questioning, she thought T. Clair was fair with her, but she took him to task for some of his bizarre questions. “He asked me if a pistol was less of a deterrent than an AR15. Absolutely not! They both do the same thing! I think he (Binger) was really grasping at straws.”
Fiedler considers herself a patriot and once was called a racist and spit on for holding an American flag. “This isn’t about race and neither was the Rittenhouse case.”
Fiedler hoped for Kyle to be acquitted because she said it was clearly self-defense. She was at work on the phone when the verdict came in. “The notifications on my phone were going crazy, I had like 50 messages. I hung up and started reading them. I saw one that said ‘Rittenhouse acquitted on all charges’ and I said ‘holy crap’ and felt that same eerily calm feeling like when I first got to Kenosha.” She later left work and she had goosebumps for the entire ride home. “I was happy!”
As for the fame, Fiedler said she has seen a lot of the memes and they made her laugh. She even saw a meme of her face on Rambo’s (Sylvester Stallone) face and thought ” you know what? I might look good with dark hair!”
Grambo told us a story about a grocery shopping experience. A man approached her out of the blue. He put his hand out for a shake and told her, “Thank you for taking the stand and thank you for standing up in the trial for Kyle Rittenhouse.” Taken by surprise as a bit unusual, Fiedler said “Thank you”
It still feels weird and even a bit unconformable for Fiedler, but for now she’s living a normal life and she’ll keep advocating for freedom. By the way, Fiedler’s mother also has her concealed carry license and packs heat. We now have. Drumroll please…… #greatgrambo
Thank you Grambo!
Kevin E. Mathewson
Now, enjoy some #grambo memes: