Trump loyalists push evidence-free claims that Antifa activists fueled mob

Radical conservative activists and allies of President Donald Trump rapidly started to unfold disinformation concerning the Capitol riots Wednesday, claiming with no proof that pro-Trump protesters photographed breaking into congressional chambers have been anti-fascist activists.

L. Lin Wood, a lawyer behind a number of failed lawsuits searching for to overturn the election outcomes who has additionally pushed QAnon-related conspiracy theories, tweeted photographs of the break-in alongside photographs of a pair of infamous American neo-Nazis, claiming that the photographs provided “indisputable photographic evidence that antifa violently broke into Congress today.”

The claims are typical of many who come up throughout main information occasions and significantly violent acts; fringe communities typically label them “false flag” assaults meant to push a liberal political agenda. Other occasions which were known as false-flag assaults embody the terrorist assaults of Sept. 11, 2001, and the mass capturing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

Almost instantly after stories emerged {that a} pro-Trump mob, urged on by a speech from the president Wednesday, had damaged into the Capitol, efforts to flip the blame started. Televangelist Mark Burns, a longtime Trump supporter, tweeted, “This is NOT a Trump supporter…This is a staged #Antifa attack,” together with a photograph from the break-in of a preferred QAnon follower, Jake Angeli, who is named the “Q Shaman” for attending protests sporting face paint and an elaborate horned fur costume. Trump’s son Eric preferred Burns’ tweet.

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Tweets of the identical image of Angeli on the House dais have been additionally shared by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who falsely added that the rioters are “not Trump supporters.” An identical viral tweet, with 1000’s of retweets, claimed that there was “at least one bus load of Antifa,” a false conspiracy concept once invoked by Trump himself.

About 7,000 posts on Twitter referred to antifa followers’ “posing” as Trump rioters with out proof, based on an NBC News evaluation. Some of the most popular tweets had 1000’s of likes and retweets.

The rumors additionally unfold on Fox News. Lou Dobbs and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., discussed the possibility of antifa instigators’ infiltrating the pro-Trump mob. And former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made the identical declare, telling Fox News host Martha MacCallum that it was unclear who was instigating the riots. “A lot of it is the antifa folks,” Palin said, citing “pictures” she had seen.

Trump has led the cost in opposition to antifa, a community of loosely organized radical teams that use direct motion to struggle the far proper and what they characterize as fascism. Trump has repeatedly amplified unfounded claims that antifa and different outdoors agitators would loot and destroy “white neighborhoods,” and he has used them as a recurring menace in fundraising efforts.

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Brandy Zadrozny

Brandy Zadrozny is an investigative reporter for NBC News.

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