Debunking American Election Myths, Part 2: More on the Capitol Siege

The second part of my series on the 2020 United States presidential election. Part 1’s here:

Debunking American Election Myths, Part 1: The Capitol Siege

The misinformation I’m covering this time is who was behind it?

The official story is that the Capitol siege was the work of right-wing/Republican/Trump supporting extremists. Many, however, now believe that it was really Antifa and BLM pretending to be Trump supporters to give Trump supporters a bad name.

Many share screenshots of a since-deleted Washington Times article claiming that facial recognition software company XRVision had identified many Antifa/BLM activists among the people storming the Capitol.

Except that that turned out to be fake news, with XRVision confirming they hadn’t identified any known left-wing extremists among the mob, and the Times has since apologised for the article.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/craigsilverman/facial-recognition-antifa-washington-times-false

Claims that two of the photographed ringleaders are Antifa/BLM are doing the rounds, with fake “evidence”:

https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p180x540/136358309_248314719983935_5800122918378887104_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=pbWOAV5EaGIAX_0CI92&_nc_ht=scontent-syd2-1.xx&tp=6&oh=057023c06339ee662f88f9efcd7750ca&oe=60266368

First off, it’s by now been established that the persons in the photo on the left are NOT the same as the persons on the right.

https://mashable.com/article/capitol-attack-jason-tankersley-matthew-heimbach-misidentification/

Secondly, the photo on the right is from an Antifa page identifying alleged Neo-Nazis. In short, definitely NOT Antifa or BLM members. In fact, you can read the original page here:

A more popular claim is that the Viking guy is a BLM protestor.

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The people sharing this always crop the full photo from the BLM rally:

Trump supporters falsely claim a far-right activist at the US Capitol is  actually a liberal - Business Insider

He was there as a COUNTER-PROTESTOR. “Q” is a clear reference to “QAnon”. Here are several more photos of him:

Auschwitz, QAnon, Viking tattoos: the white supremacist symbols sported by  rioters who stormed the Capitol
The cult of Q? How QAnon is rallying Trump supporters and frightening  experts in extremism | The Star
Radicalized Trump supporters: Experts' fears about what the far-right  fringes will do now, after the election.

The man is Jake Angeli. He’s spoken at Trump rallies. He calls himself the “QAnon Shaman”, or something like that.

A widely circulated photo shows Angeli with Nancy Pelosi’s son-in-law Michael Voss. However, Voss is a foreign correspondent for several Dutch television shows who often covers Washington, DC events, and that photo is from his job as correspondent. You can also find photos of him with Donald Trump, George W. Bush, etc.

https://leadstories.com/hoax-alert/2021/01/fact-check-pelosi-son-in-law-qanon-shaman.html?fbclid=IwAR1w4UDkIAkKIcLKqppiLjVZ-d6mBUa8pFcOf3RfceaDuyjybRea2cYMbPA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michiel_Vos

It’s pretty obvious that he’s NOT Antifa, that he is indeed a Trump supporter, but the false claim that he’s Antifa/BLM is still making the rounds.

It’s also falsely claimed that the protestor wrongly identified as Jason Tankersley had the communist Hammer & Sickle tattooed on his wrist.

The tweet claims that the logo on the human hand is a Soviet logo.

In reality, this is a video game symbol.

It is identical to the man's tattoo.

Additionally, Republican Congressman Derrick Evans, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, took part in the storming of Congress and was arrested 2 days later on January 8th (and resigned from the West Virginia Congress on January 9th).

Derrick Evans (West Virginia politician).jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derrick_Evans_(politician)

(And reading about him, he’s definitely not a so-called “RINO”.)

Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood tweeted praise for the rioters as the Capitol siege was in progress, 100% backing them – before turning around and attempting to blame Antifa once it was over.

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Guiliani called for “trial by combat” shortly before the mob stormed the Capitol, and Donald Trump Jr called for “total war”. Afterwards President Trump himself called them “patriots”.

Extremists on Parler and other social media sites had been calling for storming the Capitol during the joint session to count the electoral votes and be “judge, jury and executioner” for weeks before it happened. Many others had been calling for violence, civil war, revolution, etc, while at the same time claiming to be “patriots”. Some of them are still calling for violence for President-Elect Biden’s and Vice-President-Elect Harris’ inauguration on January 20th.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2021/01/06/trump-riot-twitter-parler-proud-boys-boogaloos-antifa-qanon/6570794002/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-01-08/us-capitol-storming-planned-for-weeks-online-social-media/13039302

In short, the storming of the Capitol really was incited and carried out by right-wing extremists – although it should of course be emphasised that they only represent themselves, NOT right-wingers, Republicans or Trump supporters in general (despite how some media outlets are spinning it).

That said, there really was one BLM activist who took part in the storming of the Capitol. He claims to have only been there as a journalist, but his own footage shows him taking part.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/utah-man-charged-federal-court-following-events-united-states-capitol

However, he didn’t “incite” the mob (although after it started he encouraged others to join in) or anything like that. Just another participant.

14 thoughts on “Debunking American Election Myths, Part 2: More on the Capitol Siege

  1. Brother, I am not sure what your deal is with coming against American Patriots, but it is disappointing to see you write such things. If you are looking for the truth, I suggest you stop reading left wing propaganda. Our election was stolen at the highest levels. There are multiple videos showing Antifa thugs at the rally. There are multiple videos showing the police letting people in. This was a false flag to set up the liberty movement. The Q thing was a psyop to entrap and blame Patriots and sadly many people fell for it. Yes, there were Trump supporters there, but they were infiltrated and set up. Stop reading leftist propaganda & you will learn the truth. You have no idea what is going on in our country and what is about to go down. We are losing our country, our freedom, and our constitution, and it is incredibly sad. Your posts regarding the Capitol are absurd and disheartening. I suggest you focus on your own country.

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    1. I never came against patriots. There is video of one BLM guy, and lots of lies on the internet – such as that Jake Angeli is BLM, or that Jade Sacker works for CNN, or that one of the rioters had a hammer and sickle tattoo (he doesn’t – it’s a video game symbol).
      And I’d seen screenshots (and seen firsthand) of extremists on the right calling for something like the siege for weeks before it happened. But like everyone else, I expected them to keep to the “The Right doesn’t riot” rule.

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          1. What do you mean, they thought they were Antifa? They were Antifa and Boogaloo Boys who support BLM. That is a fact. Patriots were trying to stop them, but you won’t hear that from the lying media you like so much,

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          1. Brother, if you don’t realize by now that our American mainstream media is totally biased leftist propaganda filled with lies, I can’t help you. Very sad. Maybe if you lived here you would understand it better, and understand what we are up against. I just don’t understand how you can be so deceived by their blatant bias and lies.

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