The right-wing riot at the United States Capitol on Wednesday – and that of President Donald Trump recognition, after weeks of contestation of the November presidential election results, that a transfer of power would occur – has been seen by some analysts as the end of Trump’s right-wing era.
The group of rioters who violated the building in support of Trump and his false claim that the presidential contest was stolen by electoral fraud have been widely condemned.
But one expert said far-right groups and white nationalists in the United States see the Capitol takeover as a new beginning to celebrate.
“White nationalists and other far-right groups are celebrating what happened on Capitol Hill,” said Cassie Miller, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks the far right, in an email.
“They are already using images of insurgents in the rooms as propaganda and insist that we are watching the start of a revolution,” Miller said.
Road to the Capitol
The far right previously saw Trump’s election in 2016 as the start of a revolution.
Trump claimed victory amid cheers of a resurgence white nationalist movement renamed “alt-right”, led in part by Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute.
Spencer frequently publicly advocated for white nationalism in 2017. He was sometimes joined by white nationalist Tim Gionet, known as “Baked Alaska” online, who was present at the Capitol Riot.
Spencer and other groups, including the Proud Boys, were instrumental in organizing the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump said there were good people on “both sides” of the protest, which saw anti-racist Heather Heyer killed by far-right James Alex Fields Jr, who drove his car through a crowd of cons -demonstrators.
In 2018, the Proud Boys, who describe themselves as “Western chauvinists” who support Western culture but are seen as a hate group by the SPLC, were organizing protests that often turned violent across the country.
The Proud Boys have vowed to be at the pro-Trump rally on Jan.6 in the US capital “in record numbers,” according to social media posts by group leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio.
Tarrio was stopped ahead of the pro-Trump rally by local police and charged with an offense for burning a Black Lives Matter banner during a pro-Trump protest in December.
He was also charged with two counts of possession of a high capacity ammunition supply device and ordered to leave town before the protest.
Meanwhile, other far-right figures have been arrested in connection with the US Capitol riot, including “Proud Boys Hawaii” founder Nick Ochs, who was arrested for raping the Capitol after his return. in Hawaii, Forbes reported.
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One of the most striking images of the Capitol Riot is that of Jake Angeli, the shirtless, horned “Q Shaman”.
Angeli has been seen since 2019 in the Arizona Capitol Building, where he espouses ideas disseminated in the QAnon Belief Set, a conspiracy theory that claims Trump was selected to defeat a liberal “deep state cabal” »Who collect the blood of children.
The District of Columbia’s United States Attorney’s Office Saturday said Angeli, also known as Jacob Anthony Chansley, was arrested and charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a building or restricted land without legal authorization.
He was too accused with a violent entrance and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.
The QAnon conspiracy theory gained popularity after it emerged on the fringes of the internet in 2017. People wearing QAnon clothing and carrying signs showing their support for the conspiracy were first seen during the events of the Trump campaign in 2018.
QAnon has infiltrated the American political stream.
Several congressional candidates have expressed support for the 2020 electoral cycle conspiracy, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won her contest in Georgia with 74 percent of the vote.
Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano appeared on a QAnon talk show where he “uttered violent rhetoric” ahead of the pro-Trump protest that led to the riot, according to the media monitoring group Media Matters.
Mastriano was also present at the pro-Trump protest before people entered the Capitol. He was called upon to resign, but Republicans in Pennsylvania said there was “no reason” for him to resign.
No more protests, more violence
Alex Kaplan, senior researcher at Media Matters, told Al Jazeera that while QAnon’s future is uncertain, its impact goes beyond the internet. “We know that QAnon is not just an online conspiracy theory and its offline harms have already been significant,” Kaplan said.
There is no way to instantly demobilize this movement, and therefore we can expect more mass protests and violence.
The level of integration between QAnon and far-right groups like the Proud Boys remains uncertain.
But the far-right movement supporting Trump has been emboldened by recent events, Miller told the SPLC, and activists are using Trump’s electoral defeat to claim that “violently dismantling democracy” is the only way to achieve their goals. Goals.
“Violent insurgency fantasies are rife in the far right, and now they are permeating the Trump base,” Miller said. “There is no way to instantly demobilize this movement, so we can probably expect more mass protests and violence.”