On January 6, the US Capitol was the target of a terrorist attack by radicalized supporters of disgraced President Donald Trump. This was the most significant event in US history since September 11, 2001.
The terrorist mob was comprised of an amalgamation of fascists, Qanon conspiracy enthusiasts, white-supremacists, evangelical religious extremists and assorted loonies engaging in a violent, anti-democratic insurrection with the ultimate goal of installing Donald Trump as a dictator. To whatever degree some of the participants may not consider themselves of that ilk; they certainly are content to march beside and behind them providing material aid and support.
The photographic and video evidence from January 6 should be enough to demonstrate the fascist orientation of the terrorists even for those who didn’t monitor the various right-wing groups and organizations that openly planned this attack.
See here this terrorist with the Camp Auschwitz shirt. See the other totally “not racist or fascist” MAGA terrorists standing gleefully beside him.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 7, 2021
The violent white supremacist gang, the Proud Boys, instrumental in organizing pro-fascist demonstrations were also present in force. Here you can see one wearing the 6MWE shirt which means “6 Million (Jews) Wasn’t Enough” referring to the murder of 6 million Jews during the holocaust during World War II.
Do you all know what 6MWE means?
Six. Million. Wasn't. Enough. pic.twitter.com/CdR8KVd1K6
— laurelsnyder (@LaurelSnyder) January 7, 2021
Notice the Proud Boys emblem which was modeled after the Fascist Party eagle emblem complete with fasces the primary symbol of the Fascist Party.
They aren’t even trying to hide it. Why would they need to when their MAGA brethren will simply pretend they don’t see it?
Other known members of American Nazi organizations were front and center in the terrorist act.
Everyone who has noticed the "camp Auschwitz" shirt should know at least some of the men who got into the Capitol today have been identified as former members of the Traditionalist Workers Party, a literal neo-Nazi organization. Here they are at other neo-Nazi meetings: pic.twitter.com/3pZodVFtyG
— Arrivederci (@PapaGlider) January 6, 2021
To be fair, maybe ALL the terrorists aren’t Nazis, they just ALL like to hang out with and do a little terrorism with Nazis for … you know … democracy.
This crowd of terrorists also happens to be the very same people who spent the summer of 2020 denouncing Black Lives Matter and an uprising against police violence and brutality, a genuine cause to protect American civil rights and lives from state violence. They called peaceful protestors being assaulted by cops “rioters” and “thugs.” They said repeatedly that any violence in response to state violence against the people was illegitimate. Now, after losing one democratic election they turn full terrorist and engage in a violent insurrection and assault on our nation’s capitol, eager to murder duly elected legislators and blow up the place.
This terrorist mob was motivated, endorsed and “loved” by Donald Trump who promoted the mass unrest and spoke at it that morning, repeating the conspiracy delusion that Joe Biden who won the recent US presidential election did so only through massive voter fraud despite the absence of a shred of legitimate supporting evidence for the claim. Trump directed the crowd to march on the capitol. This came after months of Trump, Ted Cruz, Lyndsey Graham and other prominent republicans continually beating the drum of voter fraud, whipping their supporters up into a violent frenzy that resulted in the terrorist attack on January 6.
Conspiracy theories are a regular part of the MAGA crowd’s diet, as a large and significant portion of them are also believers in the Qanon conspiracy grift which claims democrats and liberals are all part of a sinister Jewish-led satanic pedophile and child murder ring. It is the revival of the blood-libel, updated for the 21st century.
The Trump lawyer Lin Wood spread these claims openly on twitter and Parler, calling for the execution of government officials including Vice President Mike Pence for betraying Donald Trump.
People have found agents at their door for far less credible & stupid outbursts. pic.twitter.com/4c2r3vo4DP
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 9, 2021
These are people who refuse to say black lives matter because ALL lives matter, but have no problem saying “blue lives matter.” They are “thin blue line” terrorists, the kind who believe the cops have a right to kill you for whatever reason they give and it is always the fault of the victim, especially when they are black. They say cops have a scary job so they should be quick to pull the trigger, then they go and rush the cops fully expecting they would stand down for them. And stand down the cops did.
It is no surprise the cops stood down because the terrorist mob were their own people; mostly white, cops, ex-cops, wannabe cops and active duty military made up a significant portion of the terrorists who attacked the US Capitol on January 6.
“Meanwhile, a current Metro D.C. police officer on the scene yesterday said in a public Facebook post that off-duty police officers and members of the military, who were among the rioters, flashed their badges and I.D. cards as they attempted to overrun the Capitol. The officer continued “If these people can storm the Capitol building with no regard to punishment, you have to wonder how much they abuse their powers when they put on their uniforms … The fact that police officers from other agencies have aligned themselves with such terorristic groups shows how scary it is to be BLACK in America…They weren’t trying to hide who they are because they know nothing will happen to them.”
Here is one of the terrorists, a former Oakland cop justifying the attack by reciting the same unsubstantiated conspiracy claims promoted by Trump and his Qanon conspiracy cult.
A VIOLENT TERRORIST MOB
They attacked media, calling them “antifa.
After assaulting the media, the terrorists can be heard proudly proclaiming “We are at war,” and “we’re coming for bodies.” They came to KILL.
“We are at war. We’re coming for bodies.” pic.twitter.com/3c2WoNqhkf
— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) January 6, 2021
They came in paramilitary gear, with full packs, breached the Capitol windows and entered like a rehearsed guerrilla cell.
— 🎼 Jay Moody (@Lojah) January 9, 2021
They came equipped with flex cuffs, the kind used by police intending to take hostages. A “thin blue line” patch can be seen on this terrorist’s chest and a gun on his hip.
Something scary I noticed
To Zip tie, and possibly abduct, multiple Dems lawmakers.
— casey allen 🇺🇲 (@casey__allen) January 6, 2021
They came to take hostages, and lynch them in classic KKK fashion.
And there was a functional gallows complete with steps and a platform outside. pic.twitter.com/ey32FyD5wz
— Xkot (@xkot) January 8, 2021
Their main targets were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Vice President Mike Pence as they expressed clearly on Gab, a social media site favored by white-supremacists. Apparently this was to prevent anyone from being able to replace Trump.
But we also know they came to kill legislators, not cops unless they get in the way, you know the proverbial “good cop.”
Parler post from MAGA wingnut threatens armed attack in DC on January 19 pic.twitter.com/biQZ6Qx2LW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 7, 2021
Some people have tried to make the excuse that the Capitol Police were overwhelmed because they didn’t have enough people manning the area, but this is how they prepared for the BLM protests just a few months earlier.
Protection during BLM protests 2020. pic.twitter.com/dQThf3RyTq
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) January 6, 2021
And they had plenty of time and access to intelligence that this was coming. This was planned openly and promoted all over social media for the past two months. This wasn’t a spontaneous event that got out of hand. It was “The Storm,” a Qanon inspired attack they’ve been threatening for a couple years now. I watched it unfold on twitter myself as Ali Alexander, the Proud Boys and numerous assorted fascists tweeted their plans openly. They even made t-shirts and other merch just for the event. These shirts say “MAGA CIVIL WAR Jan 6, 2021.” It was planned.
It says “MAGA” and “civil war” literally on the shirt. pic.twitter.com/vyDdzI3Agj
— John M. Phillips (@JohnPhillips) January 6, 2021
They thought it was their day and they planned to seize it following the direction of their leader Donald Trump.
Police Welcome Terrorists into the Capitol with Open Arms
The Capitol Police only put up token resistance at times. Mostly, they welcomed the terrorists, literally opening the gates for the mob, all but escorting them in.
THEY JUST LET THEM IN ?????? yeah i’m logging off pic.twitter.com/QJ0JCARWOC
— joy⁷ (@sugaspov) January 6, 2021
Here’s a cop doing nothing as terrorists vandalize the US Capitol. No “I feared for my life” or “he could have had a weapon” as an excuse to shoot.
3/ Watching the festivities unfoldhttps://t.co/YX7AGMxP74
— Insubstantial Pageant (@Baseless_Fabric) January 6, 2021
Here a cop happily takes a selfie with the terrorists.
Cops are taking selfies with the terrorists. pic.twitter.com/EjkQ83h1p2
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021
Cops standing down, allowing the terrorists into the Capitol.
I’ve watched this clip 100 times and I still can’t believe it pic.twitter.com/7vYfmPJoxB
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) January 8, 2021
Cops opening the Capitol doors and standing down, you can hear one cop telling the terrorists they “disagree” with but “respect” them. No “I’m just doing my job” or “I don’t make the laws, I just enforce them.”
More evidence of cops just letting the #MAGA terrorists into the Capitol. This attack was coordinated with the fascists on the inside to protect their institutional power.
— 🎼 Jay Moody (@Lojah) January 9, 2021
No mass arrests. They just escorted the terrorists out of the building.
Here, a cop gently escorts a terrorist from the Capitol as if she’s holding her mother’s hand like it was all just a tourist day in DC.
A RIOT SQUAD MEMBER IS LITERALLY HOLDING HANDS AND WALKING A TRUMP RIOTER OFF CAPITOL HILL STEPS. DO YOU SEE THE HYPOCRISY?! pic.twitter.com/IN8eJNmqBn
— Brent Wolff (@thebrentwolff) January 6, 2021
Only one person was shot by police during this siege and it seemed to be by Secret Service and only because the terrorist was climbing through a window into the area where the legislators were being held for their protection. As it turns out she was a radicalized Qanon believer and a former cop.
The woman shot and killed at the Capitol was a former Police Officer.
Ashli Babbitt, the woman shot and killed by police whilst breaking into the Capitol was also an Air Force vet as well as being former Police. pic.twitter.com/Pq8hiKdC9N
— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) January 7, 2021
The terrorists did murder one Capitol Police officer during their rampage. They bludgeoned him to death with a fire extinguisher. He must have gotten in the way, the proverbial “good cop.”
The cops’ gentle response to this mob of largely white terrorists shows clearly that the violence police inflict on citizens is unnecessary and sadistic in nature. It’s clear cops can deescalate when they want to. It’s clear they don’t fear for their lives when facing violent terrorists, so there is no excuse for them to fear for their lives so often when dealing with traffic stops, misdemeanors and domestic conflicts. The problem is cops kill who they like to kill when they like to kill because they like to kill. They don’t kill who they’d prefer to not kill, and they prefer to not kill or harm their own kind, the white, middle and upper class “thin blue line” sycophants no matter how violent and armed they may be.
Looking at this event critically leads me to think this was not a “failure” of the Capitol Police to properly prepare or an unexpected terrorist siege. This all seems fishy, and it starts to look like the terrorists had inside support.
A REACTION AGAINST POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY
In the atmosphere of police accountability that has grown since the 2020 murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police, police departments and unions are terrified that their crimes may be exposed and they may be held accountable. It is in their best interests to undermine a democratic election that may result in many of them going to jail or losing their jobs.
Democrats have largely championed various degrees of police reform. Republicans have largely fought against police accountability. Cops and Trump have proven themselves to have a symbiotic relationship. Cops need Trump to maintain their privileges, lack of accountability and excessive funding. Trump needs the cops to maintain power and assault his enemies while attempting to lead an anti-democratic coup against the United States.
The Police unions are strong supporters of Trump. The largest police union in the world has endorsed him.
It is no secret that most of these associations masquerading as unions are the biggest obstacle to enacting any meaningful police reforms.
NOT A LIBERTY MOVEMENT
These terrorists are not part of a liberty movement, despite some of the language used by some of them. They are not a movement to secure democracy, quite the opposite. They are not a movement to secure human rights and equality, or else they would have been marching alongside BLM and “antifa” over the past summer instead of threatening to run them over with their pickup trucks.
This is a frightened, violent and bigoted reaction to the changes taking place in society. These changes to society’s fundamental racial inequality and economic injustice are being addressed and corrected through the ballot box. As a growing number of people vote to see real justice and equality in the US, the changing demographics have white and upper middle class people afraid that they will lose the privileges they have enjoyed in this country for centuries; the privileges of white supremacy and along with it all the social tools that have been used to prop it up; protestant evangelical religious intolerance, racism, anti-Semitism, and all the irrational conspiracy slander that comes with it recycled generation after generation.
The repository of power, violence and brutality of this system is concentrated in the police force, for which the primary use in its earliest days were slave patrols, Indian hunters and union busters to keep the privileged their privilege and the undesirables down and out. It is the institution through which the rich dispose of the undesirable classes of society. This is the Thin Blue Line in its non-idealized and true form. As society progresses to systems of greater equality the old system of inequality and those who benefit from it are threatened and they react violently.
WHITE SUPREMACISM PLAGUES THE POLICE FORCE
We have been warned by the FBI that white-supremacists have been joining law enforcement in large numbers in the past twenty years and developing ties with far-right vigilante groups.
This was not a failure of the Capitol Police to be prepared because they didn’t know what was coming. This terrorist attack was coordinated with the police. This was intended to send a message to police reformers that if we do not back down in our fight for justice, not only will they not be there to do the job they are paid by us to do, but they will actively conspire against us and participate in a coup to destroy our democratic republic and help usher in the fascist state that they truly desire.
It only serves as more evidence that our system of law enforcement is corrupt to the core and in desperate need of complete reform, reorganizing and restructuring.
The attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 was terrorism, sedition, and an attempted violent coup. The participants and supporters are not patriots and they are not heroes. They are fascists, traitors, and terrorists. This was the fascism within the system and its supporters on the outside working together to protect itself from reform and accountability. The participants and enablers must be pursued relentlessly and brought to justice just as any Nazi operative was after World War II. To do otherwise would leave our democracy and our republic exposed and vulnerable to a future fascist coup, one that next time might succeed.