Slew of Jan. 6 rioters arrestedPosted by Catherine Reed / January 9, 2021
A slew of rioters who invaded the Capitol on January 6 have been arrested. Among them: an Arkansas man who had his foot on Nancy Pelosi’s desk in a now infamous photo; a Florida Man who was seen carrying Pelosi’s lectern; and the Arizona man known as the QAnon Shaman.
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. Time will tell if they will also be arrested.
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.