More arrests show Jan 6 riots were part of far-right plotPosted by Josh Taylor / February 20, 2021
Members of a far-right militia group called the Oath Keepers have been arrested for their role in the Capitol riots. The group prepared before the riots, including training in military-style tactics.
Last week, five people linked with the jingoistic Proud Boys group were arrested on conspiracy charges for the the Capitol riots. Two Virginia police officers have been suspended after being charged with participating in the January 6 Capitol riots. Sergeant Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker, officers with Rocky Mount Police Department in Virginia were arrested after photographs appeared of them in the Capitol.
Among the other ding-dongs arrested:a 22-year-old Pennsylvania woman, allegedly one of the Capitol rioters, planned to steal a laptop from Nancy Pelosi’s office and then sell it to Russian Intelligence.
Two Capitol police have been suspended and another arrested for their conduct during the recent riots, and another 10-15 are under investigation. One of the suspended officers went viral for taking selfies with rioters.
A mob of right-wing rioters stormed and briefly occupied the U.S. Capitol following a rally in which Donald Trump once more claimed to have been the victim of a rigged election. Six of those rioters were were Republican lawmakers, meaning six Republican lawmakers were part of an insurrection against the United States of America. Let that sink in for a moment. What’s worse, they don’t even see anything wrong with that.
Earlier this week, Louie Gohmert, a Congressman from Texas, has suggested that “violence on the streets is last resort for Trump supporters who hope to get their man in office despite his loss in a, you know, legitimate election.
Security experts have warned that the right-wing embrace of conspiracy theories represents mass radicalization, a claim borne out following the dramatic events after the election, QAnon supporters have vowed to leave the GOP, possibly forming a party of their own. Many of the mob involved in the violence at the Capitol were wearing QAnon logos or holding up Q-related signs.
During the election, A 20-year-old voting contractor in Georgia is facing death threats after a QAnon influencer orchestrated a campaign against him. Trump, meanwhile, is fanning the flames by posting long, rambling tirades on Facebook that include the same charts and graphs that QAnon uses.
Two armed Virginians were arrested in Philadelphia for trying to deliver fake ballots. They had QAnon paraphernalia in their car.