A cocktail of propaganda, disinformation, and conspiracy theories, of the kind intoxicating to the masses in the tragic turns of history, is fueling confusion over the agonies of January 6. Yet, hate is ‘love.’ And violence is ‘peace.’ The pro-Trump followers are patriots.
Months after the then-president’s followers stormed the US Capitol that winter day, Donald Trump and his followers are taking that revisionism to a new but dangerous place, one of the warlike heroes and martyrs, and of revenge.
Donald Trump perfected the art of repetition, about the ‘the rigged election’ and ‘extensive voter fraud,’ with none of those accusations proved in the court cases and the official post-election audits but established nonetheless among his followers.
Donald Trump, four years ago, appeared to equate white supremacists and racial justice followers in Charlottesville with his statement that they’re ‘very fine people on both sides.’ In this telling, this time, the very fine people on 6th January were on one side. His.
“foot soldiers for freedom”
On the other side, the law enforcement overwhelmed for several hours and bloodied in the rebellion, Donald Trump only has a question that doubles as a four-word conspiracy theory. ‘Who killed Ashli Babbitt?’
Donald referred to insurrectionist Ashli Babbitt as “an innocent, wonderful, incredible woman,” and said “if that were on the other side, the person that did the shooting would be strung up and hung.” He’s calling for the lynching of a Capitol police officer. And he’s a traitor.
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) July 15, 2021
A US Capitol law enforcement officer shot and killed the 35-year-old woman on 6th January outside the House chamber as she, along with other pro-Trump protestors, besieged it. Ashli Babbitt was one of five people who died during the insurrection, along with three other Trump followers and Officer Brian Sicknick.
Furthermore, Donald Trump and many GOPS have cycled through several characterizations of the attack, each reiteration solely unlike the past one. First, the attackers were stated to be Antifa supporters in disguise. Now they’re indicated as “foot soldiers for freedom.”
Moreover, each iteration has required US people to brush aside anger they observed on their screens and some legislators to disregard that they’re among the shocked targets of the rioters on January 6.
An expert on authoritarianism and propaganda, DJ Peterson, said Trump excels at developing claims that motivate his core followers and turn them against other US people.