Monday, January 11, 2021

Records show fervent Trump supporters fueled violent takeover of US Capitol

 The insurrectionist mob that showed up at the president’s behest and stormed the US Capitol was overwhelmingly made up of longtime Trump supporters, including Republican Party officials, GOP political donors, far-right militants, white supremacists, members of the military and adherents of the QAnon myth that the government is secretly controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophile cannibals. Records show that some were heavily armed and included convicted criminals, such as a Florida man recently released from prison for attempted murder. 

The evidence gives lie to claims by right-wing pundits and Republican officials such as Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida that the violence was perpetrated by left-wing antifa thugs rather than supporters of the president.

 Steven D’Antuono, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office, told reporters that investigators had seen “no indication” antifa activists were disguised as Trump supporters in Wednesday’s riot.

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