On January 6th, 2021, the Capitol building in Washington DC was stormed by a mob of pro-Trump supporters. There is no denying that much of what happened that day. Whatever else happened, that also did happen. This event sparked a flurry of accusations and counter-accusations about who was responsible for the violence and chaos that erupted.
While many in the media and the Democratic Party were quick to blame the outgoing President Trump for inciting the mob, a closer examination of the events reveals that the notion of a “Trump-led insurrection” is unfounded.
The most obvious evidence to refute this claim is the fact that the people were not carrying banners or signs with the President’s slogans or messages. In fact, many of them were wearing apparel associated with other far-right groups, such as the Proud Boys and the Three Percenters. This suggests that the mob was not just a group of Trump supporters but rather a collection of far-right groups with their own agendas.
Furthermore, the mob did not appear to have a clear goal in mind. While some of them were chanting pro-Trump slogans, the majority of them seemed to be focused on disrupting the certification of Joe Biden as the President-elect. This suggests that their actions were not part of a coordinated effort to overthrow the government, but rather an unorganized outburst of pent-up anger and frustration.
While some may argue that there was an insurrection on January 6th, it was not orchestrated by the President. If anything, it was an act of chaos perpetrated by a group of far-right radicals who had their own agendas. The President’s rhetoric COULD have contributed to the situation in the way that some people got excited, but it seems pretty apparent that he was not directly responsible for all that took place.