Prominent right-wing extremist groups participated in Wednesday’s attempted coup d’état at the U.S. Capitol, where supporters of President Donald Trump tried to stop the certification of his election defeat.
Photos of individuals, flags and logos in the crowd in Washington, D.C. showed among those participating were members of the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters militia group.
Followers of QAnon conspiracy theories were caught on camera, along with individuals known for promoting white supremacism. The New England Neo-Nazi group NSC-131 posted on social media that it was there.
“Some groups who were partaking have touted their involvement online, likely to impress followers and raise their stature as action-oriented groups,” said Mollie Saltskog, a senior intelligence analyst at the Soufan Group.
“Most disturbingly, many prominent white supremacy channels that flaunt accelerationism have proclaimed that (Wednesday) was only the beginning ” said Saltskog
Photographs showed people carrying Confederate flags inside the Capitol building. Other members of the mob wore shirt that celebrated the Holocaust: “Camp Auschwitz.”
Far-right groups were also represented at state rallies across the country.
The rag-tag collection of neo-Nazis, white supremacist groups and religious zealots went to the Captain intending to engage in insurrection.
U.S. Capitol Police and FBI agents have made several arrests, but of the suspects publicly identified to date, none appeared to be key far-right figures.
“Make no mistake: With our partners, we will hold accountable those who participated in yesterday’s siege of the Capitol,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Only hours after the occupation of the Capitol ended Wednesday night, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) described a similar coup in South Carolina in 1876, as an attempt to “hold the country hostage to end Reconstruction.”
“It worked,” Graham said. “It led to Jim Crow. If you’re looking for historical guidance, this is not the one to pick.”
We cannot assume that this failed putsch will be the end of the violent attempt to replace democracy — once again — with white power. And we cannot support them with our silence,” said Baynard Woods, who more fully explained the post-Civil War coup in South Carolina, including the massacre of African Americans in the town of Hamburg and
Red Shirts — members of the Ku Klux Klan, militia groups or rifle clubs — led by Martin Gary, a Confederate general who refused to accept the surrender at Appomattox, waged a terrorist campaign between 1865 and 1876.
“Trump’s Red Hats on Wednesday served the same function as Hampton’s Red Shirts and seemed to work by the same logic — gambling that white supremacy would outweigh democracy once again,” said Woods.
One group brought a guillotine to the the state capitol building in Phoenix, Arizona.
In Sacramento, California, Trump supporters, including Three Percenters and the Proud Boys, rallied around the state capitol giving speeches that denied the results of the presidential election and coronavirus rules.
In Florida, about 150 Trump supporters, including dozens of Proud Boys, rallied outside the state’s capitol.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and others were escorted out of the state capitol building when a mob rallied outside after the insurrection in DC unfolded.
Similar situations occurred in New York, Ohio, Oregon, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Washington State.
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