Capitol Police applying fencing after the January 6 insurrection. Photo by Tyler Merbler

Trump supporters organized and attended the January 6 US Capitol insurrection

Trump supporters organized and attended the January 6 US Capitol insurrection, according to The New York Times, Recode and NBC.

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Many of the hundreds of people who have been arrested for participating in the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol building were long-time supporters of former president Donald Trump, according to fact-checkers and reporters.

Some of the people who participated in the attacks were named as “unindicted co-conspirators” in Capitol riot indictments and according to legal experts, undercover agents cannot be named as unindicted co-conspirators.

On Tuesday, Tucker Carlson commented on the fact that some of the people who participated in the attacks are being named as “unindicted co-conspirators” in indictments.

Legal experts say the term “unindicted co-conspirator” is common and the law forbids the government from naming undercover officers or informants as such in legal proceedings.

The insurrectionist mob that showed up at the president’s behest and stormed the U.S. Capitol was overwhelmingly made up of longtime Trump supporters, including Republican Party officials, GOP political donors, far-right militants, white supremacists, members of the military and adherents of the QAnon myth that the government is secretly controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophile cannibals.

To followers of QAnon, the convoluted collection of conspiracy theories that falsely claims the country is dominated by deep-state bureaucrats and Democrats who worship Satan, the word ‘storm’ had particular resonance, the New York Times reported.

Adherents have often referred to a coming storm, after which Trump would preside over a new government order. In online discussions, some QAnon followers and militia groups explored which weapons and tools to bring.

There were those with connections to extremist groups or fringe ideas. At least 13 defendants appear to have expressed support for QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory.

At least 15 of the defendants appear to have links to the Proud Boys, a far-right gang. The group was recently declared a terrorist group in Canada. Their values have been widely described as racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant and hateful against other minority groups, reported NPR.

Lois Lane

Lois Lane is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at the Daily Planet. The daughter of General Sam Lane, she grew up learning hand-to-hand combat and survival techniques. After being hired by Perry White at the Daily Planet, Lois coined the name "Superman" and, because of incisive reporting on the Super Hero's incredible adventures, her career is forever linked to the Man of Steel. She remains one of Superman's strongest allies.

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