While the media focus on the role of President Donald Trump in the storming of his supporters to the Congress building on the sixth of this month, but the parties and organizations to which they belong were not shed much light.
Who are these protesters who stormed the building after hearing President Trump’s inflammatory speech?
Some of them carried slogans and flags related to specific ideas and groups, but on the ground there is a great overlap between them in terms of organization, ideas and trends.
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The photos show individuals linked to a range of extremist and right-wing groups and proponents of bizarre conspiracy theories spread across the Internet, many of whom have long been active on the Internet and in pro-Trump rallies.
One of the most bizarre photos that spread quickly on social media shows a man wearing a fur hat with two horns on his face, dying the colors of the American flag and holding an American flag in his hand.
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Social media shows him attending many QAnon activities and posting videos to YouTube in which he talks about deep state plots.
He was photographed last November delivering a speech in Phoenix, Arizona, about allegations of fraud in past elections.
And his Facebook profile is filled with pictures and memes related to all kinds of extremist ideas and conspiracy theories.
Members of the far-right Proud Boys group also participated in the storming of the Capitol. Founded in 2016, the group is anti-immigrant and is all male.
In the first presidential debate in the United States, Trump addressed them in response to a question about white racists and pro-militia groups, saying, “Proud kids, stop and stand aside.”
Community member Nick Ochs tweeted, “Welcome from the Capitol.” He also filmed a live broadcast from inside the building.
On the Telegram messaging app, Ochs describes himself as “the proud old boy from Hawaii”.
Influencers on the Internet
The presence of a number of individuals with a large number of followers on the Internet was also spotted at the protests.
Among them was social media personality Tim Gionette, who goes by the pseudonym “Baked Alaska”.
Thousands of people watched his live broadcast from inside the Capitol as he spoke to other protesters.
He is a supporter of Trump and is gaining fame for playing the online troll role in defense of Trump.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an American nonprofit law advocacy group, has described him as a “white nationalist,” but he denies this quality.
YouTube banned his channel in October after it posted videos of himself harassing shop workers and refusing to wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic.
Paypal and Twitter have closed Geunit accounts.
Who left a note for Nancy Pelosi?
The widely shared photo of a man inside the office of Prominent Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi was of Richard Barnett of Arkansas.
Outside the Capitol, Barnett told the New York Times that he took an envelope from the office and said he had left her a note describing it obscene.
In response, Republican Congressman Steve Womack said on Twitter: “I was disgusted when I learned that it was a voter in my district.”
Local media reported that Barnett is a member of a group that supports gun rights, and that he was interviewed at a gathering of the “Stop Theft” group that emerged after the presidential election and refused to accept Joe Biden’s victory and supported the president’s allegations of election fraud.
According to local newspaper the Westside Eagle Observer, the group associated with Barnett organized a fundraising campaign in October to buy body cameras for the local police department.
No Evidence On Existence Supporters of Antifa
While the events were still unfolding at the Capitol, many social media users, especially those associated with QAnon and supporters of President Trump, were alleging that instigators from the left-wing Antifa were involved in the storming of the building.
And they suggested that these activists were disguised as Trump supporters to insult them.
Prominent Republican politicians, such as Rep. Matt Gates, have claimed that the Antifa members have disguised themselves as Trump supporters.
A widely circulated post said one of the protesters was tattooed with a “communist hammer” as evidence that he was not a Trump supporter.
Upon closer inspection, it was found that the code came from a video game series.
There were also hints that Angeli, the man with the fur hat and the two horns, was a supporter of the Black Lives Matter and had attended one of the group’s rallies in Arizona.
Indeed, Angeli attended that gathering but as an anti-group demonstrator and in the photos taken there he was seen holding a QAnon sign.
Symptoms and codes
At least one troublemaker was holding the Confederate flag, which represents the American states that supported the continuation of slavery during the American Civil War. That is why many consider it a symbol of racism, and there have been calls for it to be banned across the United States, while others see it as an important part of southern US history.
Last July the flag was banned from US military installations and headquarters, as it is a source of division.
President Trump has defended the use of the Confederate flag in the past, saying, “I know people who love the Confederate flag and don’t think about slavery …. I think that’s just freedom of speech.”
There were also demonstrators waving large flags with a snake wrapped around a yellow background, often accompanied by the words “Do not cross me.” This is known as the Gadsden Flag and dates back to the American Revolution and the war to drive out British colonists.
It was adopted by libertarians, advocates of absolute freedom in the 1970s according to an article in The New Yorker and has recently become a favorite symbol of conservative Tea Party activists.
Professor Margaret Weir, a political science expert at Brown University, says the flag has become a symbol of the right over the past two decades.
It is also used by anti-government groups and white extremists who espouse violence.
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