As law enforcement took over the Capitol building on Wednesday night, the far-right coalition that had violated the building turned to its leaders for clues about their next actions. These messages were muddled, as the movement sought to emerge from a day of unprecedented destruction.
The far right has spent months organizing and announcing a series of increasingly chaotic pro-Trump rallies in Washington, DC, culminating in Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol. Prior to the January 6 putsch, organizers announced plans to “occupy” the area outside the Capitol building, while others “MAGA Civil War January 6 2021” screen-printed hoodies to wear to the event.
But their invasion of the Capitol, against a lackluster security force, did not stop Congress from certifying the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. On the political rear foot, but annoyed by the attack on Capitol Hill, the far right reflected on a series of new rallies and conspiracy theories in favor of Donald Trump.
Enrique Tarrio, leader of the far-right paramilitary group the Proud Boys, was not in Washington at Wednesday’s rally. He was arrested earlier in the week on a misdemeanor charge for allegedly burning the Black Lives Matter banner of a black church at a recent rally in DC, as well as one charge of alleged possession of gun magazines. high capacity fire. He was released on the condition that he remain out of DC until a future court hearing.
Nonetheless, Tarrio spent the rally on the Talking social media site where, apparently from a safe distance, he told the Capitol attackers “don’t fucking go.” After the attackers were evacuated from the Capitol, he shared a stylized video of someone (presumably a Proud Boy) standing in front of the building as disturbing music was played. He captioned the video “premonition”.
Tarrio has not returned a request for comment on Proud Boy’s future plans to Washington, although he and members of his group have previously called for chaos during Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
“Do whatever you have to do to get your tickets,” Tarrio said in a podcast, as reported by The Daily Dot. “You show up in Biden’s outfit and turn his opening into a fucking circus, a sign of resistance, a sign of revolution […] Damn, you’re throwing this presidency with fucking fireworks.
It is not known if these plans are still in place. Meanwhile, other far-right gatherings have fostered gun rallies in the run-up to Biden’s inauguration.
In the hours following the Capitol invasion, a MyMilitia forum administrator announced a January 9 gun rally in Washington, DC, others began renaming a previous effort to hold rallies of guns on January 17 in all 50 states and in DC the Boogaloo movement, a far-right, libertarian coalition aspiring to civil war. After the attack on the Capitol, members of this movement resumed promoting the January 17 rallies, this time using the hashtag name of a woman who was shot dead by police as she invaded the Capitol.
On far-right social media, other observers have announced their intention to return to Washington at a later date. A popular Speaking post threatened to return to recreate Wednesday’s attack, but on January 19, with guns.
Future mobilizations in Washington could meet with much more resistance than those on Wednesday. DC Police Chief later claimed the ministry was unaware that Trump supporters would attempt to break through the Capitol, although a Bellingcat report the day before the attack highlighted public plans by Trump fans to enter the building. Since the assault, however, the military has announced that some 6,000 National Guard troops will be deployed to the city at the inauguration, as The Daily Beast reported.
Trump’s Twitter account, where he announced the Jan.6 rally and repeatedly called for activism from his supporters, is also currently locked, as is his Facebook, after posting positive statements about the attackers on Capitol Hill. Trump’s silence could leave some of his supporters looking for direction.
As paramilitary groups announced the dates for the next possible attack, fans of the QAnon conspiracy theory turned to Trump to perform an inauguration day miracle.
“Biden has been certified by Congress as the winner of the 2020 general election,” tweeted Ron Watkins, former administrator of the 8kun forum hosting QAnon. “Trump has about two weeks left. Does he have a trick up his sleeve? All eyes on January 20. “
In responses to Watkins’ tweet, followers of conspiracy theory (which falsely claims that Trump’s enemies are involved in a ring of pedophilia and satanic cannibalism) claimed that Trump was about to execute a plan. director on January 20, which would give him the electoral victory. Others have accused Vice President Mike Pence of colluding with Democrats in occult crimes, apparently because he did not attempt to overturn the election on Wednesday.
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