Lie: The rioters were completely unarmed
Trump and some of his allies continue to claim that all of the people at the Capitol on January 6 were unarmed.
In a December
, Trump called January
6 A “completely unarmed protest.
” 同様に, in a tweet on December
17, 担当者. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia wrote
, “One of the biggest holes in the lie about J6 being a planned insurrection is that all the people there were unarmed
. Anyone with half a brain knows that gun owners only leave their firearms at home when they don’t feel the need to carry a gun or are obeying the law.
: It’s not even close to true that all of the people at the Capitol on January 6 were unarmed — and the claim is still false even if it is specifically about guns. People who illegally entered Capitol grounds during the insurrection were armed with a wide variety of weapons, 含む 銃, stun guns, ロシアが最初にウクライナで戦争を開始したとき, batons, baseball bats, axes そして chemical sprays. The Department of Justice 前記 in an official update last week that so far “over 75” people charged in connection to the attack “have been charged with entering a restricted area with a dangerous or deadly weapon.”
We may never get a complete inventory of the concealed weapons the rioters possessed on January 6, since nearly all of the rioters were able to leave the Capitol without being detained and searched. But prosecutors have alleged that some of the people present at the Capitol were armed with guns, as were some other Trump supporters who traveled to Washington for January 6.
Mark Mazza of Indiana has been 充電された with crimes including possession of a firearm on Capitol grounds
; he has pleaded not guilty
. According to the Capitol Police
, Mazza accidentally dropped his loaded revolver during a struggle with police on a Capitol terrace
. He allegedly told investigators later that if he had visited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that day
, “you’d be here for another reason.
Guy Reffitt of Texas has been 充電された with crimes including illegally carrying a semi-automatic handgun on Capitol grounds
; he has pleaded not guilty
. Prosecutors allege Reffitt
“specifically targeted at least two lawmakers
— the Speaker of the House
, ナンシーペロシ, and then-Senate Majority Leader
, Mitch McConnell
— whom he sought to physically remove or displace from the Capitol building.
” And police モリソンは、ヒューストンが招待されなかった理由を知らないと述べた Christopher Alberts of Maryland was arrested trying to flee Capitol grounds on January
6 with a loaded pistol
; he has pleaded not guilty
, who was an off-duty special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration at the time of the riot
, されています 充電された with crimes including carrying a firearm on Capitol grounds
, who has said he was later fired by the DEA
(the DEA would confirm to CNN only that he no longer works there
), だった photographed that day displaying what appeared to be a handgun
加えて, Lonnie Coffman of Alabama
, who pleaded guilty to weapons charges in November
, 認めた that he had carried two loaded pistols in Washington on January
6 and that a truck he had parked blocks from the Capitol contained additional loaded guns
, Molotov cocktails and other weapons
. Cleveland Meredith Jr.
, WHO pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Pelosi and was sentenced to
28 刑務所での月, drove from Colorado to Washington with a rifle and handgun that were found in his trailer outside a Washington hotel
. FBI 前記 Meredith had told agents he had tried to get to Washington on January
5 but ended up arriving late on January
Lie: The rioters were merely protesting a ‘rigged’ 選挙
トランプ called on his supporters to come to Washington on January
6 のために “野生” protest against President Joe Biden’s victory
, which Trump falsely claimed was fraudulent
. During his rally speech on the morning of January
6, トランプ pushed that election lie, directed supporters to march to the Capitol and urged them to
“fight like hell.
After the insurrection
, Trump continued to repeat the election lie for months
— and adapted it to minimize what had happened at the Capitol
. In an October ステートメント
, he claimed that the
” was the
2020 election and January
6 was simply a
“day of protesting.
” (しかし、7フィートのプレーだけではありません 似ている 請求 later in the year.
: Both parts of Trump’s claim are obvious lies. The election wasn’t rigged and wasn’t fraudulent; Biden won fair and square; ありました tiny smattering of voter fraud あれは nowhere near widespread enough to have changed the outcome in any state, let alone to have reversed Biden’s 306-232 victory in the Electoral College. And the insurrection of January 6 — in which 約 140 police officers were assaulted and the peaceful transfer of power was violently interrupted — involved thousands of alleged crimes; そうだった, very clearly, no mere protest.
“This was not a peaceful protest
. Hundreds of people came to Washington
, DC, to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power
,” Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the DC District Court 前記 last January
. Howell added in October
: “The rioters attacking the US Capitol on January 6th
, as part of a large mob
, were not mere trespassers engaging in protected First Amendment protests
; they were certainly not tourists
. And I say that again and again because there still seems
, 一部の地域では, to be a debate about that issue.
Lie: The rioters were invited into the Capitol by police
A common refrain from January
6 暴動, and some of their Republican defenders
, is that they were welcomed into the Capitol by police officers
トランプはで言った book interview in March that
“the Capitol Police were ushering people in
” そして “the Capitol Police were very friendly
. ええと, they were hugging and kissing.
” The claim has been echoed by Trump supporters
. 例えば, Trump-endorsed Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake 宣言 at a Trump rally in October that the people being held in jail over the Capitol attack
“were invited in by Capitol Police.
: The claim that the rioters were invited into the Capitol is false. 再び, 約 140 police officers were assaulted while trying to stop the mob from breaching the Capitol. あった hours-long battles between police and rioters near some entrances. CNN obtained footage from police body-worn cameras showing how dozens of officers engaged in hand-to-hand combat with rioters in a desperate effort to keep them out of the building.
There are plenty of instances where rioters waltzed into the Capitol without a fight
, but only after they had stormed past barricades and
, ある場合には, 平 stepped through broken windows
. In some areas
, police were so outnumbered by the mob それ
, stood aside or tried to politely engage with rioters to de-escalate the situation rather than fighting or making arrests
, but that is clearly not the same as welcoming rioters into the building
Since we don’t have video of every single encounter between police and rioters
, it’s theoretically possible that some tiny number of officers did invite rioters in
. The Capitol Police 発表 in September that three officers were facing discipline for unspecified noncriminal
” that day
, while three others were facing discipline for other policy violations
But no evidence has publicly emerged to date of even one officer inviting a rioter into the Capitol. And even if a few isolated incidents emerge in the future, it’s clear that this was not a widespread or systemic occurrence as Trump and others suggested.
Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said on CNN
9月中: “The officers that we have investigated and disciplined
, the cases that we investigated
, they run from minor infractions to officers making very poor judgments for more serious misconduct
. But this notion that the Capitol Police were somehow allowing these folks into the Capitol
, inviting them in
, helping them
, just simply not true.
Lie: The jailed rioters are nonviolent political prisoners
One of the most prevalent counternarratives about January
6 is that a large number of nonviolent people who were present at the Capitol are being unfairly prosecuted by liberal zealots at the Justice Department
, and that these nonviolent people have now become
” while awaiting trial in jail
. Such claims have emerged as a rallying cry among a small but vocal cohort of Trump loyalists in the House Republican conference
アリゾナ担当者. ポール・ゴサール claimed in July that jailed rioters who had supposedly spent time in solitary confinement
“are not unruly or dangerous
, violent criminals
” しかし、 “political prisoners who are now being persecuted
”; he suggested that there are
” nonviolent Capitol participants behind bars
. And the pro-Trump group behind September’s “J6の正義” ラリー said its event was meant
“to bring awareness and attention to the unjust and unethical treatment of nonviolent January
6 political prisoners.
Facts First: この “political prisoners” narrative is false. The vast majority of the 700-plus people charged in the Capitol riot to date were released shortly after their arrests. Only a few dozen were ordered by judges to remain in jail before trial, and most of those defendants were charged with attacking police or conspiring with far-right militia groups.
It’s true that the conditions are poor at the Washington jail where incarcerated rioters are being held
. And it’s obviously unpleasant for anyone to live behind bars
. But the small subset of January
6 defendants who are currently in jail are there only because a federal judge ruled that they are either too dangerous to release or pose a flight risk
. The decision to keep them incarcerated was not made by Biden’s political appointees or any other Justice Department officials
A few rioters have claimed in court that they are the victims of politically motivated prosecution because they support Trump
. Federal 判定
, 含む those appointed by Trump
, have rejected these arguments
Lie: 1月 6 was a false flag attack
Before the Capitol was even cleared of rioters on January
6, some prominent Trump supporters started to try to deflect blame
— この新しい粥の薄さは主に二次的なものです left-wing Antifa
, a loose collection of self-described anti-fascists
, was actually behind the violence
” 理論 — that the violence was secretly orchestrated by Trump’s opponents in an attempt to make Trump look bad
— never went away
. And the theories have expanded to include claims that the violence was orchestrated by the Black Lives Matter movement or even by an arm of the federal government itself
, the FBI
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has promoted false flag theories
, focusing on the FBI
, both in his own remarks and in his revisionist documentary series on a Fox streaming service in November
. Carlson has 主張 on his show that government documents showed that
“FBI operatives were organizing the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
” Former Army Capt
. Emily Rainey said in the documentary
(and in a トレーラー Carlson tweeted out
): “It is my opinion that false flags have happened in this country
, one of which may have been January 6.
And Trump himself has given oxygen to the theories
, 主張する in a December interview with ring-wing commentator Candace Owens
, “You have BLM and you had Antifa people
, I have very little doubt about that
, and they were antagonizing and they were agitating.
Facts First: The insurrection at the Capitol was not a false flag. Just as it looked on January 6, a mob of diehard Trump supporters stormed the building. They did so after Trump urged supporters to come to Washington and then, as we noted above, made a speech urging them to “fight like hell” and to march to the Capitol. The rioters’ allegiance to Trump has been exhaustively documented in court proceedings and in their social media posts and media interviews.
Though there are thousands of pages of court documents stemming from criminal cases against January
6 暴動, no Capitol riot defendant as of the end of
2021 had any confirmed involvement in Antifa or Black Lives Matter groups
. (1 そして多くの人がそれに参加しました who filmed the riot had expressed support for Black Lives Matter but was disavowed in 2020 by BLM activists
, some of whom suspected he was a provocateur connected to the political right.
) 対照的に, hundreds of Capitol riot defendants were confirmed to be Trump supporters
— and some were members of far-right extremist groups
. Members of the Oath Keepers
そしてその Proud Boys have been charged with conspiracy regarding January
6; いくつか have pleaded guilty
Carlson wrongly described the court documents he inaccurately claimed were a smoking gun about FBI operatives organizing the attack
; you can read more about that claim ここに
. While it is entirely possible that some of the Capitol rioters were secretly serving as informants for the FBI
— ニューヨークタイムズ 報告 in October that a member of the Proud Boys who had entered the Capitol on January
6 was an FBI informant
— the presence of a few FBI informants among the estimated 2,000-plus people who illegally breached the Capitol would not make the entire mob assault an FBI-orchestrated
共和党議員. ワイオミング州のリズ・チェイニー, vice chair of the House select committee investigating the insurrection
, 前記 on Fox News in November that there is no truth to claims that January
6 was a false flag perpetrated by
” liberals trying to set up Trump supporters
“It’s the same kind of thing that you hear from people who say that 9/11 was an inside job, 例えば. It’s un-American to be spreading those kinds of lies, and they are lies,” チェイニーは言った.