Donald Trump (74) just can’t help it: Now he also accuses Antifa of being behind the storm on the Capitol on January 6th. This confused theory was already spreading by his supporters last week, although video recordings show that right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists on the front lines broke into the parliament building.
Trump is taking the anti-fascist track because he wants to distract from his election defeat and still want to force an election victory. But this move has definitely left: On January 6, Congress officially declared Joe Biden (74) as the new President, and on January 20 the change of power takes place.
Trump made the Antifa accusation on Monday in a half-hour phone conversation with Kevin McCarthy (49), the Republican parliamentary group leader in the House of Representatives. Like a White House employee across from the news portal Axios reported that McCarthy tried to dissuade Trump from making false accusations. McCarthy strongly disagreed: “It’s not Antifa, it’s Maga. I know it. I was there.”
Even the FBI made it clear last week that there was no evidence of Antifa involvement in the Capitol storm.
The source also reported that there was an aggressive mood during the phone call and scolded Trump. McCarthy appeased Trump: “Stop it. It is over. The election is over. ” He even asked Trump to meet with his successor Joe Biden and traditionally leave him a welcome letter on the desk. Trump replied that he had not yet decided whether he would do this for Biden.
Trump blamed the Antifa for the riots during the anti-racism protests last year and therefore wanted to classify them as a terrorist organization. Since Antifa is not an organization with fixed structures in the USA or anywhere else, it is questionable how this should be implemented.
The fact that Antifa was brought into play in the riots on January 6th is due, among other things, to articles in the US media. They said that a facial recognition company had recognized anti-fascist infiltrators who had invaded the Capitol as Trump supporters. The enterprise but labeled the article as wrong and announced that its software had identified two neo-Nazis and a QAnon supporter.
Well-known right-wing extremists
Experts recognized several well-known right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists on the video recordings of the storming of the Capitol. The most conspicuous is the QAnon follower Jake Angeli (33) alias “Q Shaman” from Arizona, who wore a fur hat with horns.
In right-wing crises, the claim has even emerged that Angeli is an activist of the left Black Lives Matters movement. A photo from June 2020, on which Angeli can be seen at a rally, served as proof. In fact, Angeli appeared as a counter-demonstrator at this event.
Jason Tankersley, a member of the neo-Nazi movement, was also first assigned to the extreme left because a picture of him had been distributed via a left network.
Other members of several right-wing extremist groups were identified, including the Proud Boys, the Groyper Army, the New Jersey European Heritage Association and the Nationalist Social Club. But no trace of Antifa supporters. (gf)