No, Antifa Wasn’t Behind the Capitol Riot
In the wake Wednesday’s mob assault on the U.S. Capitol, some conservatives are trying to shift blame from the dozens of pro-Trump protesters who stormed the building to a fictitious antifa boogeyman.
“Those who stormed the capitol yesterday were not Trump supporters,” claimed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. “They have been confirmed to be Antifa. Violence is not the answer.”
Paxton’s sentiments were echoed by other pro-Trump figures, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R–Fla.), Rep. Mo Brooks (R–Ala.), and the conspiracist attorney L. Lin Wood, who touted “indisputable photographic evidence that antifa violently broke into Congress today.” This assertion, like Wood’s previous claims that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is part of a pedophile cabal and that Vice President Mike Pence will face execution by firing squad, is wrong, as are all other claims that antifa was responsible for the Capitol riot.
For one thing, this isn’t antifa’s m.o. Antifa protesters typically use “black bloc” tactics: They dress in black and conceal their faces with masks and hoods. Individuals will quickly smash windows and set fires, then blend back into a crowd of similarly dressed people. They don’t aim to get caught.
The people who stormed the Capitol, by contrast, were captured in numerous photos and videos. Their faces are easily identifiable. Many are obviously sincere Trump supporters associa
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