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On Wednesday, supporters of President Donald Trump violently descended on the nation’s capital for his or her “Stop The Steal” protest. The deliberate occasion was meant for MAGA-ites and right-wing Americans to specific their outrage over the truth that they consider Democrats stole the election from President Trump, regardless of completely no evidence to back up those claims. As white supremacists and extremists from throughout the nation arrived on the Capitol Building, all hell broke free — the constructing was breached and protesters ended up inside, occupying the Capitol and inflicting members of Congress to lockdown of their places of work, in what CNN is looking “an armed insurrection” and “an attempted coup” by the President’s supporters.
I’ve seen lower than a 100 folks get tear gassed and bull-rushed in Portland for protesting at a police precinct. Proud Boys storm the Capitol? Nah. https://t.co/B50BLKJOhA
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) January 6, 2021
So, the place precisely have the Proud Boys been in all of this chaos? According to VICE News reporter Tess Owen, who’s on the bottom on the protest, members of the Proud Boys deliberate to put on disguises to the occasion right now. However, that offered a tactical concern for the group, who apparently couldn’t find one another resulting from their obscured identities. Images of extremist protestors contained in the Capitol constructing have been broadly circulated, although it is not but clear, primarily based on their disguises, who belongs to this explicit extremist group.
The protest additionally comes simply at some point after Proud Boys chief Henry “Enrique” Tarrio was arraigned and banned from Washington, D.C. for allegedly burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was taken from a historic Black church throughout one other Stop the Steal protest final month (Tarrio has pleaded not responsible to the costs). Tarrio admitted to The Washington Post that his group had taken the flag, saying, “The sign was taken down because of what it represents.”
When the mud settles on the mob that stormed the Capitol, it’d turn into extra clear precisely how a lot of a task the Proud Boys themselves performed within the occasion. One factor is for certain, nonetheless: they heeded Trump’s recommendation to “stand by,” exhibiting as much as help their President by no matter means obligatory.