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Shocking video shows MAGA mob rifling through paperwork in Senate chamber and erecting gallows 

Shocking new video taken inside the Capitol during the January 6 riot shows the moment a MAGA mob rifled through paperwork in the Senate chamber as they searched for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before erecting gallows outside the building. 

Veteran war correspondent, Luke Mogelson, captured the video on the day dozens of rioters, including ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jake Angeli, stormed the building following President Donald Trump’s remarks at the Save America rally in Washington, DC, according to The New Yorker. 

Trump’s supporters violently forced their way into the Capitol where some were seen breaking out glass and destroying government property as others were photographed sitting at Pelosi’s desk.

Mogelson followed the Trump supporters into the building where he witnessed them banging on the walls before entering the Senate chamber, where they rummaged through numerous papers and documents. 

Shocking new video taken inside the Capitol during the January 6 riot shows the moment a MAGA mob rifled through paperwork in the Senate chamber

Veteran war correspondent, Luke Mogelson, captured the video on the day dozens of rioters, including 'QAnon Shaman' Jake Angeli (pictured, writing a note), stormed the building following President Donald Trump's remarks at the Save America rally in Washington, DC

Veteran war correspondent, Luke Mogelson, captured the video on the day dozens of rioters, including ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jake Angeli (pictured, writing a note), stormed the building following President Donald Trump’s remarks at the Save America rally in Washington, DC

At the start of the clip, the rioters are seen destroying property and climbing through a window at the Capitol building. 

Several people are then seen confronting officers upon entry. One man is heard yelling at police: ‘You’re outnumbered! There’s a f**king million of us out there! And we are listening to Trump, you’re boss.’

They then marched upstairs yelling: ‘Treason, treason, treason!’

‘You’re afraid of Antifa? Well guess what? America showed up,’ the men yelled as they walked through the halls of the Capitol.

Moments later, they entered the Senate chamber. 

‘Where the f**k is Nancy?’ one rioter questioned as they walked through the empty chamber. 

In the clip, several people are seen taking photos of the documents that were secured inside binders in the chamber. 

‘There’s gotta be something in here we can f**king use against these scumbags,’ one man is heard telling another. 

At one point, Angeli, who has since been arrested and charged for his role in the riot, is seen walking up to the men rummaging through the papers. 

‘Glad to see you guys,’ he tells them as he’s followed by a police officer. 

The officer is heard asking one of the rioters, who was seen sitting on the floor, if he needs medical attention. 

‘Any chance I can get you guys to leave the Senate wing?’ the officer is heard asking the men. 

Several MAGA rioters are seen reading out loud and taking pictures of documents in the Senate chamber

Several MAGA rioters are seen reading out loud and taking pictures of documents in the Senate chamber 

The men are then heard discussing which lawmakers are traitors and which are 'with us'

 The men are then heard discussing which lawmakers are traitors and which are ‘with us’

Angeli is seen chanting inside the Senate chamber on January 6 as a photographer captures his image

Angeli is seen chanting inside the Senate chamber on January 6 as a photographer captures his image 

The men are seen wearing MAGA hats, bulletproof vests and other gear as they stormed the Capitol

The men are seen wearing MAGA hats, bulletproof vests and other gear as they stormed the Capitol

While the officer watches, Angeli asks another man to take his photo. 

Angeli is then seen writing a note on the desk as the officer once again asks everyone to leave. 

‘It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming!’ the note reads. 

Before saying a prayer, a group of the MAGA mob is heard yelling: ‘Jesus Christ we invoke your name! Amen!’ 

Outside of the Capitol, others were seen erecting gallows and chanting ‘USA.’ 

Toward the end of the video, a large mob is seen throwing equipment onto a pile and setting it on fire. 

‘Star making a list put all those names down and we start hunting them down one by one,’ a man is heard yelling. 

One said: ‘Traitors get guillotine!’

‘We are at war,’ another yelled. 

More than 125 people have been arrested so far on charges related to the violent insurrection led by Trump supporters at the Capitol, where a Capitol police officer and four others were killed. 

Charges from the January 6 riot range from curfew violations to serious federal felonies related to theft and weapons possession.

Some of those arrests include Robert Sanford, 55, a retired Pennsylvania firefighter, who allegedly threw a fire extinguisher that hit three Capitol Police officers during the violent siege. 

At one point, Angeli, who has since been arrested and charged for his role in the riot, is seen walking up to the men rummaging through the papers. 'Glad to see you guys,' he tells them as he's followed by a police officer

At one point, Angeli, who has since been arrested and charged for his role in the riot, is seen walking up to the men rummaging through the papers. ‘Glad to see you guys,’ he tells them as he’s followed by a police officer

The officer (right) is heard asking one of the rioters, who was seen sitting on the floor, if he needs medical attention

The officer (right) is heard asking one of the rioters, who was seen sitting on the floor, if he needs medical attention

At one point, Angeli, who has since been arrested and charged for his role in the riot, is seen asking someone to take his photo. Angeli is then seen writing a note on the desk as an officer asks him to leave. 'It's only a matter of time. Justice is coming!' the note reads

At one point, Angeli, who has since been arrested and charged for his role in the riot, is seen asking someone to take his photo. Angeli is then seen writing a note on the desk as an officer asks him to leave. ‘It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming!’ the note reads

Another portion of the clip shows a man erecting gallows outside the Capitol building on January 6

Another portion of the clip shows a man erecting gallows outside the Capitol building on January 6 

He was charged with assault of a police officer, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, civil disorder and unlawfully entering the Capitol. His lawyer said he was a Trump supporter who got caught up in the mob mentality. 

Richard Barnett, 60, of Arkansas was photographed sitting with his boots on a desk in Pelosi’s office during the January 6 riot. 

He was ordered Friday to be brought to Washington, where he faces charges of unlawfully entering a restricted area with a lethal weapon – a stun gun. Barnett is also charged with disorderly conduct and theft of public property. 

Retired Air Force Lt Col Larry Rendall Brock Jr, of Texas, is a former former fighter pilot photographed on the Senate floor wearing a military style helmet and body armor and carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs. 

He is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Jacob Chansley, 33 of Arizona was seen in the Capitol wearing face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns and carrying a US flag attached to a spear. 

Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, calls himself the ‘QAnon Shaman,’ a reference to the apocalyptic and convoluted conspiracy theory spread largely through the internet and promoted by some right-wing extremists. 

He is charged with entering a restricted building without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Lonnie Leroy Coffman, 70, of Alabama drove to Washington to attend Trump’s ‘Save America Rally’ in a red pickup packed with an M4 assault rifle, multiple loaded magazines, three handguns and 11 Mason jars filled with homemade napalm, according to court filings. 

The grandfather was arrested that evening when he returned to the truck carrying a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun and a .22-caliber derringer pistol. He is charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and carrying a pistol without a license.

Derrick Evans, 35, was a West Virginia lawmaker who streamed video of himself charging into the building with the mob.  

Aaron Mostofsky (right) who is the son of a New York Supreme Court judge, was also arrested and charged in connection to the violent insurrection at the US Capitol

Aaron Mostofsky (right) who is the son of a New York Supreme Court judge, was also arrested and charged in connection to the violent insurrection at the US Capitol

Jacob Chansley, 33, was seen in the Capitol wearing face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns and carrying a US flag attached to a spear. Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, calls himself the 'QAnon Shaman'

Jacob Chansley, 33, was seen in the Capitol wearing face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns and carrying a US flag attached to a spear. Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, calls himself the ‘QAnon Shaman’

Tim Gionet (pictured), a far-right media personality who calls himself 'Baked Alaska,' entered various offices in the Capitol and cursed at a law officer he alleged had shoved him

Tim Gionet (pictured), a far-right media personality who calls himself ‘Baked Alaska,’ entered various offices in the Capitol and cursed at a law officer he alleged had shoved him

The recently sworn-in delegate to the West Virginia House resigned after his arrest on two riot-related charges and apologized. 

Evans was quickly identified after he posted the video of the Capitol door being smashed and declaring: ‘The door is cracked! … We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!’

Tim Gionet, a far-right media personality who calls himself ‘Baked Alaska,’ entered various offices in the Capitol and cursed at a law officer he alleged had shoved him. When told by law enforcement officers to move, he identified himself as a member of the media. 

Retired Air Force Lt Col Larry Rendall Brock Jr (pictured), of Texas, is a former former fighter pilot photographed on the Senate floor wearing a military style helmet and body armor and carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs

Retired Air Force Lt Col Larry Rendall Brock Jr (pictured), of Texas, is a former former fighter pilot photographed on the Senate floor wearing a military style helmet and body armor and carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs 

Gionet live-streamed for about a half hour from inside the building and could be heard encouraging other protesters not to leave, cussing and saying ‘I´m staying’ and ‘1776 baby,’ prosecutors said. He was arrested in Houston and faces charges of violent and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority.

Doug Jensen, 41, of Iowa was seen on video chasing a Black officer up an interior flight of stairs in the Capitol as a mob trailed several steps behind. Jensen, who is white, was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Adam Johnson, 36, of Florida is accused of swiping Pelosi’s lectern during the chaos and smiling as he walked through the Capitol rotunda with it.

He is charged with theft, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Nicholas R. Ochs, 34, of Hawaii, founder of a local Proud Boys chapter, posted a photo of himself on Twitter inside the Capitol grinning widely as he smoked a cigarette. 

The FBI said it identified him from photos taken when Ochs campaigned unsuccessfully last year as the Republican nominee for a seat in the Hawaii statehouse.

Robert Keith Packer, 56, of Virginia caused an uproar on social media after being seen in the Capitol wearing a sweatshirt bearing the name ‘Camp Auschwitz,’ a reference to the Nazi concentration camp where about 1.1 million people were killed during World War II. 

He was charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and unlawfully entering a restricted building.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to search for the identities of several other individuals who were photographed rioting in the Capitol.  

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Kevin Richardson tweets losing a friend to QAnon after Backstreet Boys’ Brian Littrell Parler post

Backstreet Boys’ Kevin Richardson tweets an ‘interesting read’ about losing a friend to QAnon… after bandmate Brian Littrell shares his Parler account

  • Backstreet Boys star Kevin Richardson has sparked rumors after tweeting about losing a friend to QAnon 
  • The tweet comes after bandmate Brian Littrell shared his new Parler account with his followers 
  • Richardson, 49, appeared to be responding to Littrell’s latest dive into the far-right when he tweeted another link to an article about pro-Trump rioters 
  • Littrell’s tweet about creating an account on the controversial site, which has now been closed, was sent the same night that Trump was banned from Twitter 

They are two of five members of one of the world’s most popular boy bands.

And Kevin Richardson sparked concern after tweeting an ‘interesting read’ about losing a friend to QAnon shortly after Backstreet Boys bandmate Brian Littrell shared his new Parler account with his followers.

The 49-year-old singer appeared to be responding to Littrell’s latest dive into the far-right when he tweeted another link to an article about wellness influencers and pro-Trump rioters.

Looking out: Kevin Richardson sparked concern after tweeting an ‘interesting read’ about losing a friend to QAnon shortly after Backstreet Boys bandmate Brian Littrell shared his new Parler account with his followers

Kevin shared an article from Cosmopolitan which detailed a first-hand account of losing a friendship due to the conspiracy theory-driven beliefs of a QAnon member.

The discredited, right-wing group has built steam through the months as far-right supporters of Donald Trump dig deeper into baseless theories about politics and the government.

Most recently, the group of white supremacists and terrorists stormed the Capitol while Congress was in session to confirm electoral votes acknowledging Joe Biden’s win in November’s presidential election, a riot which lead to five deaths and the second impeachment of the 45th president.

Littrell’s tweet about creating an account on the controversial site, which has now been closed, was sent the same night that Trump was banned from Twitter ‘due to the risk of further incitement of violence.’ 

Not great: Kevin shared an article from Cosmopolitan which detailed a first-hand account of losing a friendship due to the conspiracy theory-driven beliefs of a QAnon member

Not great: Kevin shared an article from Cosmopolitan which detailed a first-hand account of losing a friendship due to the conspiracy theory-driven beliefs of a QAnon member

Woah: The 49-year-old singer appeared to be responding to Littrell's latest dive into the far-right when he tweeted another link to an article about wellness influencers and pro-Trump rioters

Woah: The 49-year-old singer appeared to be responding to Littrell’s latest dive into the far-right when he tweeted another link to an article about wellness influencers and pro-Trump rioters

Interesting: Littrell's tweet about creating an account on the controversial site which has now been closed, was sent the same night that Trump was banned from Twitter 'due to the risk of further incitement of violence'

Interesting: Littrell’s tweet about creating an account on the controversial site which has now been closed, was sent the same night that Trump was banned from Twitter ‘due to the risk of further incitement of violence’

Fans caught on to Kevin’s tweet and asked: ‘I don’t think your cousin either cares or realizes the impact this has had. People are Angry. It could affect the future of this fandom and the behaviour of people at your concerts. He has now publicly opened the door for division in a fandom that’s always been united.’

Another tweet noted the severity of the issue: ‘Ok but on a serious note, it has been heartbreaking to see people we love and respect spiral into living in a land of make believe. A dangerous land, at that. I hope one day they all come to a higher consciousness, but I worry it’s already too late.’

Not only are Kevin and Brian bandmates, they are also cousins as Littrell’s father and Richardson’s mother are siblings, and Kevin reportedly called on Brian to try out for the Backstreet Boys during a casting call in 1993.

Fans caught on to Kevin's tweet and asked: 'I don't think your cousin either cares or realizes the impact this has had. People are Angry. It could affect the future of this fandom and the behaviour of people at your concerts. He has now publicly opened the door for division in a fandom that's always been united'

Fans caught on to Kevin’s tweet and asked: ‘I don’t think your cousin either cares or realizes the impact this has had. People are Angry. It could affect the future of this fandom and the behaviour of people at your concerts. He has now publicly opened the door for division in a fandom that’s always been united’

Another tweet noted the severity of the issue: 'Ok but on a serious note, it has been heartbreaking to see people we love and respect spiral into living in a land of make believe. A dangerous land, at that. I hope one day they all come to a higher consciousness, but I worry it's already too late'

Another tweet noted the severity of the issue: ‘Ok but on a serious note, it has been heartbreaking to see people we love and respect spiral into living in a land of make believe. A dangerous land, at that. I hope one day they all come to a higher consciousness, but I worry it’s already too late’

Family rift: Not only are Kevin and Brian bandmates, they are also cousins as Littrell's father and Richardson's mother are siblings, and Kevin reportedly called on Brian to try out for the Backstreet Boys during a casting call in 1993; seen in 2019

Family rift: Not only are Kevin and Brian bandmates, they are also cousins as Littrell’s father and Richardson’s mother are siblings, and Kevin reportedly called on Brian to try out for the Backstreet Boys during a casting call in 1993; seen in 2019

Brian has reportedly been a Trump supporter for years and even voiced his support for the band to perform at Donald’s inauguration in 2017.

Littrell admitted that the Inaugural Committee approached BSB about a possible performance, but things just didn’t work out. 

‘Hollywood needs to chill out, all right? You’re talking about the commander-in-chief, right? We’re talking about respect,’ he told TMZ at the time.

The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide with dozens of No. 1 hits under their belts and legions of fans, making them the most successful boy band of all time. 

As Long As You Love Me: The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide with dozens of No. 1 hits under their belts and legions of fans, making them the most successful boy band of all time; seen in 2019

As Long As You Love Me: The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide with dozens of No. 1 hits under their belts and legions of fans, making them the most successful boy band of all time; seen in 2019

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Nextdoor moderators scramble to address QAnon after Capitol attack

For months, Nextdoor moderators have struggled with the challenge of addressing QAnon content on its neighborhood sites — but after last week’s deadly attack on the Capitol, the pressure between moderators and the company’s policy team may have reached a breaking point.

Moderators have been asking Nextdoor to impose a ban against QAnon content since at least October, according to forum screenshots obtained by The Verge. Last week, Nextdoor moderators began pressuring the company directly in the National Leads Forum, a private forum for moderators on the site. In screenshots of forum posts, obtained by The Verge, moderators expressed concern that Nextdoor’s misinformation policies did not fully bar discussions of conspiracy theories like QAnon.

Following last week’s pro-Trump riot at the Capitol, one user returned to an early QAnon thread, writing, “I am bumping this up. It’s January 8th. Any policies yet? After the past week, we need some. I also wrote an email to Next Door Leadership about this three months ago and got no response.”

It wasn’t until five days after the riot that Nextdoor finally responded to the request, referring moderators back to the company’s policy on violent content. In this post, Caty K., Nextdoor head of community, wrote, “I want to reiterate that the broader Nextdoor team is committed to the safety of all members and communities on the platform.” She continued, “The violent events that took place at the US Capitol last week are no exception.”

But some Nextdoor moderators say that the company’s misinformation policies don’t meaningfully address QAnon, and haven’t been communicated well enough to help communities deal with the conspiracy. The company’s misinformation policy asks moderators to report individuals who distribute “misinformation related to the Election and COVID-19,” but does not directly address conspiracy theories like QAnon. After the attack on the Capitol, many QAnon theories carry an implicit risk of inciting violence, but moderators find it hard to justify their removal as straightforwardly violent content. At the same time, current Nextdoor moderation policies do not include a ban on discussions of conspiracy theories.

“The problem is this policy is written so specific to election and Covid-19 information and does not mention any violation that can be used for things like misinformation around politics and inciting fear in the community,” one moderator wrote in the thread.

“Facebook has announced that it will be automatically removing content with the phrase ‘Stop The Steal’ and #StopTheSteal,” Steve C., a California lead responded. “Does Nextdoor plan to do the same?”

On Monday, Caty wrote that “Nextdoor views QAnon as a hate group,” as a response to a thread titled “FB has banned all QAnon Content – what is ND policy?” Caty continued, “If you see content or members advocating these ideologies, please report them to our team and we will handle. I recognize we do not have a list of groups available for you all to reference, and I will work on that to make things clearer, but for now this comment serves the purpose of confirming that QAnon content should be removed.”

On Wednesday, Nextdoor confirmed to The Verge that it classifies QAnon as a hate group. Still, there’s been no effort to communicate the QAnon policy to everyday users, and as of publication, Nextdoor has not updated its misinformation policies on its website to reflect its classification of QAnon as a hate group. “Right now we don’t have plans to email it out [to moderators,]” Caty said in response to a post asking if the decision would be communicated beyond the forum.

Nextdoor also referred The Verge to its misinformation and violent content policies. “Any post or content on Nextdoor that organizes or calls for violence will be immediately taken down,” a Nextdoor spokesperson told The Verge. “Nextdoor’s Neighborhood Operations Team also uses a combination of technology and member reports to proactively identify and remove content.

Nextdoor has struggled to establish clear moderation policies in the past. Nextdoor neighborhoods are primarily self-governed, and unpaid “community leads” are in charge of reporting and removing content in their communities. This has led to content being wrongfully being removed or allowed to stay up. Last June, The Verge reported that posts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement were being wrongly taken down by Nextdoor moderators.

In October, Recode reported that QAnon-related content flourished on the platform in the last few weeks in the lead-up to the 2020 US presidential election. In one instance, Recode said that a user bombarded Nextdoor for weeks on Twitter before the platform removed a post “containing QAnon talking points.”

According to Nextdoor’s rules, discussions of national politics are banned on the main community feed. As a result, public and private groups have grown to house these discussions. In forum posts obtained by The Verge, community moderators expressed worry over private groups that could be housing violent or extremist posts.

“How can we ensure locked Groups are not participating in harmful discussions?” Jennifer V, an Arizona moderator, wrote in a forum post Tuesday. “We have a LOT of pro-Trump/Patriot Groups that I worry about. I also worry about other Leads or Community Reviewers seeing me report the Groups and the backlash.”

“My concern is QAnon content, as well as other content with conspiracy theories, promotions of violence, etc., that is in *private* groups that won’t get reported because the members of the group WANT that content,” Carol C., a Colorado moderator wrote in the forums last week. “I saw some of this type of content in the public political groups that have since gone private.”

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Riots in the Capitol

What do the conspiracy theory of pedophile Satanists in power, the siege of the Capitol and Donald Trump have in common? Everything you wanted to know about QAnon but were afraid to ask.

Shaman in the Capitol

Even before the end of the first week of 2021, the Internet was filled with memes like “I want to cancel my subscription for 2021 after the first free week.” The events in Washington became a source of inspiration for humorists: on January 6, tens of thousands of supporters of the current US President Donald Trump gathered for a rally that ended in riots in the building of the US Congress.

Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol during the approval of the presidential election result. Confident of massive fraud, protesters have tried to disrupt the electoral vote certification that is giving the green light to Trump’s rival Joe Biden. To restore order, the national guard and special forces had to be involved. But while the protesters were in the Capitol, they had time to frolic: smoke herbs for the camera, sit in the chair of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, putting their feet on her desk, and take a picture at the speaker’s chair. Later, they tried to sell the stolen chair at an online auction.

Among the protesters, a half-naked Viking with war paint on his face and a fur headdress with horns stood out. There are no secrets on the Internet, and his identity was quickly revealed: the hero of the coolest memes of January was 33-year-old Jacob Anthony Chensley, also known as Jake Angeli. He’s a retired voice actor, and a regular at Trump rallies and a follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

In images that have flown around the world, Chensley carried a spear about two meters long with an American flag tied just below the blade. But Chensley is not just a bully, his nickname is Shaman QAnon. Over the past two years, he has become a cult figure in Trump supporters’ circles, delivering fiery speeches at rallies and campaigning on social media.

His YouTube and Facebook accounts are an endless stream of propaganda memes and reflections on the deep state and the state in the state (that is, an invisible uncontrolled government that is not accountable to either the official authorities or the public). When YouTube removed his channel, Chensley continued to post videos under the nickname YellowstoneWolfAZ on Rumble, a popular conservative video hosting site. He himself surrendered to the authorities, calling the FBI when he returned to his native Arizona from a rally. Chensley has written two books: Will and Strength. Inside the Living Library ”, published under the pseudonym Lone Wolf, and“ Mind after Reason: A Deep State of Illusion ”, published under the name Jacob Angeli. In February, Chensley, dressed in shamanic attire, appeared at a Trump rally with a sign “Q sent me” (“Q sent me”).

According to the Qianon people, the world is ruled by a sect of pedophile cannibals who, in their sadistic rituals, rape and kill children; oddly enough, these monsters are predominantly in the Democratic Party. But Trump is a fellow and a fighter against Satanists, he confronts the world’s evil and corrupt elites and leaves encrypted messages on Twitter for his followers. This is undoubtedly one of the most elegant explanations for Trump’s eccentric comments on social media – it exploded the collective mind of hipsters from Silicon Valley, and the “fighter against Satanists” account was banned forever. But that is another story.

QAnon and politics

Let’s return to QAnon and the question of the political influence of a seemingly delusional theory. Unlike flat-earthers and foil-cap lovers, QAnon adepts are well-armed, organized, and clearly aimed at infiltrating power. Yahoo! News revealed that about half of Trump supporters believe in the QAnon doctrine.

The New York Times reported that an Alabama man on the day of the siege parked a truck in front of the Capitol building with weapons and eleven Molotov cocktails. The FBI is promising a reward of up to $ 50,000 for helping to identify the homemade bomb makers found during the riots.

In the November 2020 elections, 23 congressional candidates shared QAnon ideas, according to a study by AlJazeera. Ardent QAnon activist Marjorie Taylor Green has been elected to Congress from Georgia. Al Jazeera reports that in 2017 Greene posted a video on the Internet in which she called Q (Q – founder of QAnon) a patriot: “Many of the events that he gave tips and talked about on other forums and 4chan really turned out to be true.”In the same video, she says: “This is a unique opportunity to destroy this global conspiracy of satanic pedophiles, and I think we have a president who can do it.”… Trump on Twitter congratulated Marjorie on her victory.

It is not known whether a member of the House of Delegates of West Virginia Derek Evans, who defected from Democrats to Republicans after losing the 2016 election, shares the ideas of QAnon, but he went to storm Congress, and even broadcast what was happening on social networks.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, tweeted a clip in July of him, after swearing an oath by members of Congress, to utter the QAnon slogan: “Where we go one – we go all”… He added the organization’s hashtag #TakeTheOath to his Twitter bio.

Back in 2018, Donald Trump hosted at the White House one of the authors of the pedophile conspiracy theory among American politicians – Michael William LeBron, also known as Lionel. He proudly posted a joint photo from the Oval Office on Instagram.

During the last presidential campaign, Vice President Michael Pence almost accepted a donation of about a million dollars from QAnon, but advisers dissuaded it in time.

In August last year, Trump emphasized at a press conference that he knows how well the supporters of conspiracy theories treat him and appreciates it. When asked by a journalist whether Trump is really saving the world from a sect of pedophiles and cannibals, the president said: “Is there anything bad about that? Actually, yes, we are saving the world “… He went on to add that his team is saving the world from a radical leftist philosophy that is undermining the foundations of US democracy. Apparently, in order to save the world, Trump repeatedly retweeted the messages of QAnon supporters in his account, which, of course, continued to gain points in the conspiracy camp.

Someone will rightly note that all means are good not only in love, but also in politics, and it is quite logical that Trump could not ignore such a tidbit of a loyal electorate in a situation where every vote counts. In addition, the status of the savior of the nation, which QAnon awards the president, could not but flatter his pride.

Hu from Q?

In short: the QAnon movement has formed around a conspiracy theory that the highest echelons of US government are nothing more than an international child trafficking organization, which includes politicians, businessmen and Hollywood stars. Trump, in their opinion, is fighting the forces of evil, and it seems that the military is also on his side. The day will come when all pedophiles will be defeated, and Trump’s opponents will be cleaned up and sent to Guantamo prison. It is clear that Satanists are ready to do anything to remove Trump from the political arena, even to substitute ballots.

For the first time such information appeared on the 4chan forum, it was posted in 2017 by a user with the nickname Q. Then Q said that Hillary Clinton would be arrested soon – she and other Democrats were allegedly involved in child trafficking in a DC pizzeria. Q claimed to be an insider with a high level of security clearance. Then his messages began to appear on the 8chan platform. Since then, encrypted messages have been wandering around Internet forums and social networks.

QAnon draws on old anti-Semitic scripts about conspirators and apocalyptic battles between good and evil; details change depending on events in world politics and the local context. One of the leitmotifs is the Great Awakenıng, when Trump will openly oppose Satanists and, with the help of the military, win a landslide victory. If all this seemed to you like a religious cult, then it did not seem to you.

Don’t think that QAnon is a purely American movement. Marc-André Argentino, Ph.D., a QAnon researcher at Concordia University in Montreal, has found traces of QAnon in more than seventy countries, from Germany to New Zealand. Experts explain the popularity of groups associated with QAnon, among other things, by the work of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s troll factories. The pandemic has only exacerbated people’s sensitivity to conspiracy theories – an analysis by Facebook showed that in 2020, QAnon’s popularity on the web increased by 581%.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino State University (CSUSB), observed that QAnon’s vague doctrine has the appeal of an anti-elite message, elastic enough to attract the attention of a multitude of people who fear losing their rights. voices in the current political system. Simply put, in our time full of uncertainty, some people make life easier with a crazy theory that explains all problems through a simple concept of good and evil. But the fears of political scientists and sociologists are not even caused by the apocalyptic cult underlying QAnon, but by the possible transformation of the association into a terrorist organization; all the prerequisites for this already exist. In May 2019, the FBI announced that QAnon posed a threat as domestic terrorism.

Prepared by Elena Leo

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Twitter bans 70,000 QAnon accounts as conservatives report lost followers

Twitter has permanently suspended over 70,000 accounts since Friday in an attempt to clamp down on QAnon-fueled conspiracies on its service, the company has announced. It says the accounts were “engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service.” At the same time, prominent conservative voices on Twitter complained about lost followers.

Twitter began suspending accounts on Friday afternoon, two days after President Trump incited a mob that broke into the US Capitol building. Twitter categorized the suspensions as part of an attempt to “protect the conversation on [its] service from attempts to incite violence, organize attacks, and share deliberately misleading information about the election outcome.” The Washington Post notes that there were a large amount of QAnon followers among last week’s rioters, including the self-described “QAnon Shaman” photographed shirtless inside the Capitol wearing horns and a fur hat.

Twitter’s suspension of QAnon accounts coincided with some prominent GOP members complaining about lost followers — namely, those supporting false claims of a stolen election. Republican representative Matt Gaetz complained of having lost tens of thousands of followers, a claim which is supported by data from Social Blade. Similar drops were observed for figures like Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and elected QAnon supporter from Georgia Marjorie Taylor Greene. All had been regularly gaining followers prior to the QAnon purge that Twitter says began on Friday.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican representative from Georgia, has lost tens of thousands of followers since Twitter started banning QAnon accounts on Friday.
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The amount of Twitter accounts suspended is a marked escalation compared to previous crackdowns detailed by the social media company, and follows one of the most striking examples yet of the real-world impact of online misinformation. Last July, the company announced it had banned 7,000 accounts in relation to the QAnon conspiracy theory. Although its latest crackdown has banned tens of thousands of profiles, Twitter says that single individuals were operating “numerous” accounts.

As well as suspending accounts directly, Twitter says it has applied restrictions on other accounts which have tweeted or retweeted “associated content.” It has reduced the visibility of these accounts across search, replies, and timelines, and will not recommend them to others on Twitter. It’s also asking other accounts suspected of spamming to verify their authenticity, which can cause them to temporarily disappear from follower counts.

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QAnon Shamen – Jacob Chansley makes first tele-court-appearance today in Phoenix

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the 33-year-old heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais at the U.S. Capitol last week, has made his first appearance in a Phoenix federal courtroom on Monday by video link. 

Chansley, 33, who is also known as Jake Angeli, was arrested on Saturday and is being held in a quarantine section of a federal detention facility. 

Chansley, who is from Phoenix, turned himself in to the FBI after returning from Washington, D.C. on Saturday morning and according to his mother, has not eaten since being detained because the detention facility won’t feed him all organic food.

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was arrested on Saturday and appeared in court in Phoenix by video-link on Monday

Chansley is pictured screaming 'Freedom' inside the Senate chamber after the U.S. Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress

Chansley is pictured screaming ‘Freedom’ inside the Senate chamber after the U.S. Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress 

Chansley wearing a fur hat with horns was spotted speaking to a Capitol police officer

Chansley wearing a fur hat with horns was spotted speaking to a Capitol police officer

Jacob Anthony Chansley is pictures as he occupied the Senate dais at the US Capitol last week

Jacob Anthony Chansley is pictures as he occupied the Senate dais at the US Capitol last week

Chansley is seen in a picture from his school yearbook

Chansley's mother, Martha, said that her son was a 'patriot' and the 'gentlest person I know'

Chansley’s mother, Martha, said that her son was a ‘patriot’ and the ‘gentlest person I know’

Martha Chansley, 56,

56-year-old Martha Chansley

Chansley has been living with his mother Martha, 56, (left and right) since January 2019 

A public defender who was representing Chansley said that his client was on an extremely restrictive diet, possibly for religious reasons.

He explained that he had not had anything to eat since he was taken into custody. 

Upon hearing the news, the judge said that it was ‘deeply concerning’ and ordered Chansley’s public defender to work with U.S. Marshals on his dietary concerns.

His mother, Martha Chansley told ABC 15 that her son was a ‘patriot’ and the ‘gentlest person I know.’ 

She was unapologetic for her son’s role in the violent and deadly disruption of Congress on Wednesday.

Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification

Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification

Police officers try to stop supporters of President Donald Trump entering the Capitol

Police officers try to stop supporters of President Donald Trump entering the Capitol 

Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, of Arizona is pictured face-to-face with an officer

Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, of Arizona is pictured face-to-face with an officer

Jacob Anthony Chansley was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with counts that include violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

Jacob Anthony Chansley was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with counts that include violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

Chansley was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Both charges are federal misdemeanors.

According to court documents, Chansley called the FBI field office in Washington and confirmed to an agent that ‘he was the male in the face paint and headdress in the Vice President’s chair in the Senate.’  

He told the agent that he and other ‘patriots’ had come from Arizona at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6th, the documents state. 

The QAnon conspiracy theorist has been frequently spotted at pro-Trump rallies in Phoenix and would often appear in a similar costume consisting of horns, fur headdress without any shirt. 

In November he was spotted protesting the election results outside of the Maricopa County election center in Phoenix.

Chansley is known to be a QAnon supporter.. He appeared by video link in a court on Monday

Chansley is known to be a QAnon supporter.. He appeared by video link in a court on Monday

Chansley stands with other Trump supporters as they demonstrate on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses

Chansley stands with other Trump supporters as they demonstrate on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses

Chansley poses with his face painted in the colors of the U.S. flag as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in Washington before the protest

Chansley poses with his face painted in the colors of the U.S. flag as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in Washington before the protest

Chansley, a QAnon supporter has been a fixture at Arizona right-wing political rallies over the past year

Chansley, a QAnon supporter has been a fixture at Arizona right-wing political rallies over the past year

Rioters swarmed Capitol Hill as Congress voted to affirm the election victory of President-elect Biden over President Trump. Rioters breached all security barriers, went up the Hill's stairs reserved for Congressional members, and stormed the Senate floor

Rioters swarmed Capitol Hill as Congress voted to affirm the election victory of President-elect Biden over President Trump. Rioters breached all security barriers, went up the Hill’s stairs reserved for Congressional members, and stormed the Senate floor

Chansley as pictured in one of his photos from his Facebook page

Chansley as pictured in one of his photos from his Facebook page

In that photo, Chansley held a sign that read, ‘HOLD THE LINE PATRIOTS GOD WINS.’ 

Chansley has previously admitted his belief in QAnon after he started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet

 Chansley has previously admitted his belief in QAnon after he started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet

Often known as the QAnon Shaman he has become a fixture at recent right-wing rallies while decked out in his signature attire. 

One of his tattoos is said to show the symbol of Wotanism, an acronym for ‘Will of the Aryan Nation.’ 

The FBI identified Chansley by his distinctive tattoos, which include bricks circling his biceps in an apparent reference to Trump’s border wall. 

During Monday’s hearing, Chansley addressed the judge but did not make any statements regarding the charges against him. 

‘I’m not really all that worried about it because, in all honesty…I didn’t break any laws. I walked through open doors,’ he said in an interview last week.

‘I obey the orders of the president of the United States,’ he said. 

Protests he attended inlcude one in July where he filmed himself ranting that Covid-19 is a hoax. He was also part of a rowdy crowd of Trump supporters chanting ¿Stop the Steal¿ who showed up at a tabulation center in Maricopa County on November 5

Protests he attended inlcude one in July where he filmed himself ranting that Covid-19 is a hoax. He was also part of a rowdy crowd of Trump supporters chanting ‘Stop the Steal’ who showed up at a tabulation center in Maricopa County on November 5

Chamsley came in for a great deal of ribbing on Twitter after news he was refusing prison food

Chamsley came in for a great deal of ribbing on Twitter after news he was refusing prison food 

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Trump Supporter Arrested for Heist on Capitol Refuses Prison Food Because It’s Not Organic | The State

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A coup plotter who watches his diet.

One of the most prominent figures of the assault on Capitol He has special requests at the place where he is detained.

Jacob Chansley, the “Shaman of QAnon” and a resident of Arizona, was appearing in court on charges related to the attack. According to the journalist Melissa Blasius, the subject has not eaten since Friday since they do not serve organic food

Chansley is the subject with skins and horns that appears in the main images of the assault on January 6. The man is known to follow theories unproven conspiracies and spread that information.

Free the assailant who took the lectern

Adam Johnson, the Trump supporter who appears carrying the lectern of the House of Representatives, was released on bail Monday.

Johnson, 36, arrested on January 8, appeared on Monday in federal court in Tampa, West Florida, where he left after signing a $ 25,000 bond order that you won’t have to pay unless you breach one of your court summons

After staying in a Pinellas County Federal Jail, the man and father of five childrenHe left the court seriously and wearing a T-shirt, shorts and sandals, accompanied by his two lawyers, who indicated that since the day of the invasion of the Capitol, he has received death threats.

Johnson faces charges for entering or staying in a restricted building without legal authority, theft of government property, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.

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Twitter bans QAnon supporters, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn

Twitter has suspended prominent backers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, citing a potential for “offline harm.” NBC News reporter Ben Collins reported the ban of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, and former 8kun administrator Ron Watkins. Other major QAnon accounts have apparently been banned as well.

Twitter told NBC News that the accounts were suspended under Twitter’s “coordinated harmful activity” ban. “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content,” a spokesperson said.

Flynn and Powell have both promoted theories linked to QAnon, a sprawling conspiracy movement united against a nonexistent cabal of devil-worshipping pedophiles. Flynn was convicted of lying to the FBI, but he was pardoned by President Donald Trump and has become a QAnon evangelist. Powell has been instrumental in promoting false claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, leading Dominion Voting Systems to file a defamation suit against her earlier today. Watkins formerly helped run 8kun (formerly 8chan), the anonymous message board where QAnon head Q posts cryptic messages to followers. Researchers speculate Q may be multiple people, and both Ron and his father Jim Watkins have been named as potential Q authors.

Twitter is late in taking action against the group. Facebook banned QAnon content in 2020, calling the group a “militarized social movement.” TikTok likewise banned QAnon content for violating its disinformation policy. Until recently, however, Twitter hosted some of QAnon’s most high-profile figures. That included the names above, as well as David Hayes (known as “Praying Medic”), a major QAnon theory interpreter and part of a group that sued YouTube for its own QAnon crackdown last fall.

QAnon supporters were among the Trump backers who mobbed the US Capitol earlier this week, attempting to overturn the results of the US presidential election. Trump himself has also expressed support for QAnon, calling its supporters “people that love our country.”

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The violent pro-Trump mob that stormed the US Capitol

At least 52 people were arrested and four died when a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol Wednesday. 

Dozens of those involved in the violent siege are yet to be identified and the FBI is now asking for the helping in finding them, tweeting they are ‘accepting tips & digital media depicting rioting & violence in the U.S. Capitol Building & surrounding area on January 6, 2021.’

‘If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant,’ they added.

The former Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, has said the bureau must make ‘identifying, arresting, and prosecuting every single person that you possibly can that entered that Capitol building yesterday’ a top priority. 

But some of those who took part have already been identified online as members of far right groups, white nationalists, Neo-Nazis and supporters of conspiracy theory QAnon. Online forums popular with Trump supporters lit up with gleeful posts about the chaotic scenes broadcast from the Capitol. Thousands of messages on Parler, a right-wing alternative to Twitter, included the hashtag #civilwar or other variations of the term.

Here DailyMail.com breaks down those who have been identified.     

The QAnon Shaman, real name Jake Angeli

The heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint and occupied the Senate dais moments after Vice President Mike Pence delivered his rebuke to Donald Trump has been revealed to be an Arizona-based QAnon believer who used to promote himself as a singer and actor. 

Jake Angeli, 32, often known as the QAnon Shaman, has become a fixture at recent right-wing rallies while decked out in his signature attire. 

Angeli was at the front of a group of agitators who broke into the Capitol and faced off with DC police who desperately tried in vain to protect the establishment. 

He then made his way into the Senate chamber where he was seen shouting and posing for photos.   

Angeli flexed his left arm as he stood behind the dais in the Senate chamber where just moments earlier Vice President Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi had stood.

He was flanked by an American flag and his fellow rioters took photos of him on their smartphones. 

The heavily-tattooed Trump supporter, who has become a fixture at recent right-wing rallies decked out in his signature attire, has been identified as Jake Angeli

The ‘Qanon Shaman’ was also seen screaming in the chamber and clutching a megaphone.  

Angeli has become a prominent figure at pro-Trump rallies, always sporting his signature outfit of fur, horns, face paint and bare chest, where he has spouted off about QAnon conspiracy theories. 

Most recently he has been active at Arizona rallies calling for the results of the presidential election to be overturned, after Trump has refused to concede and pushed unfounded claims of voter fraud ever since he lost to Joe Biden. 

Angeli has previously admitted his belief in QAnon started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet

 Angeli has previously admitted his belief in QAnon started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet

At a pro-Trump rally at the Arizona State Capitol in February, he held aloft a banner reading ‘Q Sent Me’ in reference to QAnon.  

He was also seen at reopen Arizona rallies protesting against lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.   

In one photo posted on his Facebook account in November, where he calls himself Yellowstone Wolf, Angeli is seen shaking hands with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney – who hours before the violence kicked off encouraged supporters to pursue a ‘trial by combat’.  

He has also posted about numerous conspiracy theories including a video claiming there is a ‘globalist plot for world domination thru the plandemic & its numerous different agendas’.   

Angeli has previously admitted his belief in QAnon started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet. 

‘At a certain point, it all clicked in a way,’ he said in an interview in February, reported AZCentral. 

‘Oh, my God. I see now the reality of what’s going on.’ 

QAnon is the debunked extreme right wing conspiracy theory that claims Satan-worshipping pedophiles are plotting against Trump and are running a global child sex trafficking ring.

An undated profile for Angeli on Backstage.com shows the 32-year-old was a singer, screenwriter and actor. 

Barnett has also bought into Trump’s unfounded claims that the election has been ‘stolen’ from him and has been spotted at other Stop The Steal rallies including one in Bentonville in November.   

The longtime Arizona QAnon supporter dressed in fur and a horned helmet, was among the violent mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday

The longtime Arizona QAnon supporter dressed in fur and a horned helmet, was among the violent mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday

An undated profile for Angeli on Backstage.com shows the 32-year-old was a singer, screenwriter and actor

An undated profile for Angeli on Backstage.com shows the 32-year-old was a singer, screenwriter and actor

QAnon is the debunked extreme right wing conspiracy theory that claims Satan-worshipping pedophiles are plotting against Trump and are running a global child sex trafficking ring. Angeli at a rally in Phoenix in November

QAnon is the debunked extreme right wing conspiracy theory that claims Satan-worshipping pedophiles are plotting against Trump and are running a global child sex trafficking ring. Angeli at a rally in Phoenix in November

In one photo posted on his Facebook account in November, where he calls himself Yellowstone Wolf, Angeli is seen shaking hands with Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's personal attorney who hours before the violence kicked off encouraged supporters to pursue a 'trial by combat'

In one photo posted on his Facebook account in November, where he calls himself Yellowstone Wolf, Angeli is seen shaking hands with Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal attorney who hours before the violence kicked off encouraged supporters to pursue a ‘trial by combat’

Angeli leads a mob of supporters breaking into the Capitol Wednesday night causing lawmakers to evacuate the chambers

Angeli leads a mob of supporters breaking into the Capitol Wednesday night causing lawmakers to evacuate the chambers

Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett 

Meanwhile, the insurrectionist who brazenly put his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk in her office is now known to be a 60-year-old Arkansas man who claims he will run for Arkansas governor in 2022 and describes himself as a white nationalist online. 

Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett boasted outside the Capitol following the siege that he ‘wrote [Pelosi] a nasty note, put my feet up on her desk and scratched my balls’. A photo from Pelosi’s office showed another threatening note on her desk reading ‘we will not back down’. 

Meanwhile, in Pelosi’s office, 60-year-old Barnett posed for a photo reclining in the House Speaker’s chair before he later returned to the crowd of supporters outside and flashed a hand-written envelope he had looted.  

In Pelosi's office, 60-year-old Barnett posed for a photo reclining in the House Speaker's chair before he later returned to the crowd of supporters outside and flashed a hand-written envelope he had looted

In Pelosi’s office, 60-year-old Barnett posed for a photo reclining in the House Speaker’s chair before he later returned to the crowd of supporters outside and flashed a hand-written envelope he had looted

Barnett has also bought into Trump's unfounded claims that the election has been 'stole' from him and has been spotted at other Stop The Steal rallies including one in Bentonville in November

In one selfie on his Facebook page, Barnett is seen posing with a semi-automatic rifle

In one selfie on his Facebook page, Barnett is seen posing with a semi-automatic rifle 

Barnett later told the New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg he ‘fell’ into Pelosi’s office as he showed off the personalized envelope which was addressed to The Honorable Billy Long and had Pelosi’s signature on it.

‘I didn’t steal it,’ he claimed, saying he ‘left a quarter on her desk’.

‘And I left her a note on her desk that says ‘Nancy Bigo was here you b**ch’.’ 

He also denied storming her office, claiming he politely knocked on her office door and was pushed in by other protesters. 

‘I’ll probably be telling them this is what happened all the way to the DC jail,’ he said.  

In a November post on Facebook, where he goes by the alias George Reincarnated Patton, Barnett claimed he will run for governor of Arkansas in 2022 saying he will ‘be running on the COMMON SENSE platform’. 

He has also shared images of the Gadsden flag snake – which is regarded as a racist symbol – and boasts of being a white nationalist.

In several photos, he is seen posing with semi-automatic rifles.  

On Barnett's Facebook, he has shared images of the Gadsden flag snake - which is regarded as a racist symbol - and boasts of being a white nationalist

On Barnett’s Facebook, he has shared images of the Gadsden flag snake – which is regarded as a racist symbol – and boasts of being a white nationalist

Another supporter of US President Donald J. Trump sits on the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after breaking in

Another supporter of US President Donald J. Trump sits on the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after breaking in 

Barnett inside the office with the envelope he stole and later flashed outside as he returned to the crowd

Barnett inside the office with the envelope he stole and later flashed outside as he returned to the crowd 

Richard 'Bigo' Barnett later told the New York Times he 'fell' into her office after he was pictured making himself comfortable in Pelosi's chair, as he showed off a personalized envelope he stole as a souvenir

Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett later told the New York Times he ‘fell’ into her office after he was pictured making himself comfortable in Pelosi’s chair, as he showed off a personalized envelope he stole as a souvenir

Baked Alaska, real name Tim Gionet 

Another of the mob was Tim Gionet, an online personality known as Baked Alaska who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist who was involved in the far-right Charlottesville rally in 2017.  

Gionet posted video that showed Trump supporters in ‘Make America Great Again’ and ‘God Bless Trump’ hats milling around and taking selfies with officers who calmly asked them to leave the premises. 

The Trump supporters talked among themselves, laughed, and told the officers and each other: ‘This is only the beginning.’ 

Donald Trump signs the tattooed arm of Tim Gionet, an online personality known as Baked Alaska, in 2016

Donald Trump signs the tattooed arm of Tim Gionet, an online personality known as Baked Alaska, in 2016 

Rick Saccone, former state lawmaker in Pennsylvania

Even elected politicians were part of the mob. Rick Saccone, who ran for a U.S. House seat in 2018 and was once a state lawmaker in Pennsylvania, bragged on Facebook that ‘we are storming the Capitol’ and that ‘our vanguard has broken through the barricades’.  

Saccone also told his followers: ‘We are trying to run out all the evil people and RINOs that have betrayed our president. We are going to run them out of their offices.’ 

He later deleted that post but not before it was seen by his followers, CBS reports.  

He added: ‘Hello Mr. President, we love you. Keep doing what you’re doing. We’re with you. Until next time, in God we trust.’

Even elected politicians were part of the mob. Rick Saccone, who ran for a U.S. House seat in 2018 and was once a state lawmaker in Pennsylvania, bragged on Facebook that 'we are storming the Capitol'

Even elected politicians were part of the mob. Rick Saccone, who ran for a U.S. House seat in 2018 and was once a state lawmaker in Pennsylvania, bragged on Facebook that ‘we are storming the Capitol’

Rick Saccone, who ran for a U.S. House seat in 2018 and was once a se lawmaker in Pennsylvania, posted this picture

Rick Saccone, who ran for a U.S. House seat in 2018 and was once a se lawmaker in Pennsylvania, posted this picture 

Derrick Evans 

Derrick Evans, a member of West Virginia’s House of Delegates, streamed live footage from the Capitol as he joined in the march. He later claimed he was ‘simply there as an independent member of the media’. 

Evans, who calls himself an activist online, later deleted the footage showing him rushing inside with the mob. 

‘We’re going in,’ he tells followers.  

In other clips he could be heard chanting ‘stop the steal’, The New York Times reports. 

Unidentified, the pro-Trumper wearing a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt  

The pro-Trumper wearing a 'Camp Auschwitz' shirt, far left, has not been identified. The FBI are asking for helping in finding rioters

The pro-Trumper wearing a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt, far left, has not been identified. The FBI are asking for helping in finding rioters

Adam Johnson 

Another looter who smiled for a photo as he made off with a lectern has been identified as Adam Johnson – a psychology graduate from Bradenton, Florida. 

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the building. 

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege. 

Another looter who smiled for a photo as he made off with a lectern has been named as Adam Johnson - a psychology graduate from Bradenton, Florida

Another looter who smiled for a photo as he made off with a lectern has been named as Adam Johnson – a psychology graduate from Bradenton, Florida

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading 'closed to all tours' inside the building

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the building

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

Johnson shared images of himself sporting MAGA hats and sinking beers as he wrote that he had 'made it to DC' Tuesday - the day before the siege

Johnson shared images of himself sporting MAGA hats and sinking beers as he wrote that he had ‘made it to DC’ Tuesday – the day before the siege 

Leigh Ann Luck 

Outside the chaos in the capitol, another vocal Trump supporter Leigh Ann Luck, dressed up as the Statue of Liberty as she shouted in protest against Biden’s victory.  

The National Guard was deployed to help police enforce a 6pm curfew in DC. Hundreds of protesters remained on the Capitol grounds after the curfew went into effect and Mayor Muriel Bowser refused to say if violators would be arrested.

Earlier in the evening, President-elect Joe Biden called for the ‘mob to pull back’ and said the uprising bordered on sedition.

Trump – after remaining silent for much of the afternoon – posted a video telling his ‘very special’ supporters inside the Capitol that he loves them and understands their pain but urged them ‘to go home’.

He had initially encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol after a rally earlier in the afternoon before asking them only to remain peaceful when violence broke out.

Outside the chaos in the capitol, another vocal Trump supporter Leigh Ann Luck, dressed up as the Statue of Liberty as she shouted in protest against Biden's victory

Outside the chaos in the capitol, another vocal Trump supporter Leigh Ann Luck, dressed up as the Statue of Liberty as she shouted in protest against Biden’s victory

Leigh Ann Luck dressed up as Statue of Liberty poses for a picture as supporters of Donald Trump protested Biden's victory

Leigh Ann Luck dressed up as Statue of Liberty poses for a picture as supporters of Donald Trump protested Biden’s victory

The Capitol was briefly secured before being placed on lockdown again at around 6.45pm due to an ‘internal security threat’ after an officer was reportedly found unconscious. Anyone inside a building at the Capitol complex was instructed to take cover in an office with doors locked.

But just before 8pm lawmakers who had been whisked to safety when the siege kicked off began arriving back at the Capitol to resume the Joint Session to certify the Electoral College count of the presidential election.

The lawmakers were seen flanked by armed guards as they made their way into the Capitol. A spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, who is residing over the Joint Session, said he was already in the building because he’d never left.  

The crowd of Trump supporters at the Capitol also included adherents of the ‘Groyper Army,’ a loose network of white supremacists that includes ‘America First’ podcaster Nick Fuentes.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said the mob´s actions were ‘clearly consistent’ with the conspiratorial rhetoric of QAnon, the baseless belief that Trump has been secretly fighting deep state enemies and a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring.

‘QAnon has been calling on this kind of madness for years,’ Greenblatt said.

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Seven senators and 138 House members called ‘treason caucus’ face calls for expulsion from Congress

Dozens of Republican lawmakers are facing harsh condemnation after going forward with challenging the Electoral College results overnight Wednesday to Thursday following the breach of the Capitol by thousands of Donald Trump’s supporters.

Throughout the certification process, which was delayed six hours due to pro-Trump protesters marching the halls of the Capitol, seven senators and 138 House members still objected to the Electoral College results in some states – including Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Among these lawmakers are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and Representatives Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Jim Jordan and just sworn-in Representatives Ronny Jackson, a former physician and chief medical adviser to Trump, Tommy Tuberville and Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon conspiracy theorist.

Freshman Representative Cori Bush, a new progressive member of the ‘squad,’ is calling for the expulsion of these lawmakers and the others who she claims ‘incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election.’

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley

Dozens of Republican lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) and Senator Josh Hawley (right), are facing condemnation after going forward with challenging the election results following the chaos at the Capitol Wednesday

Thousands of Donald Trump's most fervent supporters descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday to protest the results of the presidential election and obstruct Congress from certifying Joe Biden's victory

Thousands of Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday to protest the results of the presidential election and obstruct Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory

Freshman Representative Cori Bush is calling for the expulsion of all GOP members who challenge the Electoral College results following the breach of the Capitol, claiming they incited the scene

Freshman Representative Cori Bush is calling for the expulsion of all GOP members who challenge the Electoral College results following the breach of the Capitol, claiming they incited the scene

'I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences,' Bush, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote

‘I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences,’ Bush, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote

Bush, who was among lawmakers evacuated from the House Chamber Wednesday, is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the government chamber’s investigative arm.

Objectors are now facing the wrath of even some of their own supporters, who claim the scene at the Capitol Wednesday should have been enough to deter them from the symbolic protest of the outcome of the election.

Hawley, however, said during his remarks while objecting to Arizona’s results, that his challenge is not symbolic – claiming his goal is to voice his legitimate concerns with the election process in 2020, mainly the laws changed to accommodate for a more lax mail-in voting system without, in some cases, state legislature approval.

The Missouri Republican came under fire after he was pictured appearing to stand in solidarity with the Trump protesters Wednesday by pumping his fist in the air in their direction as the mob descended on Capitol Hill.

Challenges to state outcomes were only deliberated if at least one Senator and one representative objected to the results.

While Representative Jody Hice of Georgia objected to the results in Georgia, no senator objected, including outgoing Senator Kelly Loeffler, who previously said she would challenge the results in her own state but changed her mind following the chaos at the Capitol.

Hice said Biden’s win in the Peach State was tainted by ‘an unprecedented amount of fraud and irregularities.’ She did not provide any evidence for the claims.

Greene objected to Michigan’s electoral votes, but no senator joined.

Among those facing criticism are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senator Josh Hawley - McCarthy is seen addressing Congress Wednesday night as they reconvened in the House Chamber

Among those facing criticism are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senator Josh Hawley – McCarthy is seen addressing Congress Wednesday night as they reconvened in the House Chamber 

Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, who can be credited with leading the last-ditch effort to overturn the election results, objected to Nevada’s votes. Greene joined him in that challenge.

When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the proceedings, announced deliberations would not launch on Georgia, Michigan or Nevada’s results, there were cheers from Democrats – and some Republicans.

Shortly before 4:00 a.m., Congress officially certified the Electoral College results for Joe Biden.

Also overnight, Trump finally claimed in a statement there would be a ‘peaceful transition’ of power. The message was released on Twitter through his adviser Dan Scavino after the president was locked out of his account for three tweets stoking protesters.

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump spoke to thousands of his supporters gathered on the Ellipse to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and Congress moving to certify the results.

After Trump left the stage, a large portion of those at the rally marched from there to Capitol Hill, where they stormed the steps of the building and were able to gain access.

For six hours protesters wandered the halls of Congress, banged on the House chamber doors, breached the doors of the Senate chamber, sat at the desks of lawmakers and their aides and wreaked havoc.

Four were killed, including a female Trump supporter who was shot in the chest.

When the Senate reconvened at 8 p.m., and the House of Representatives at 9:00 p.m. after the building was cleared and law enforcement continued throughout the night to push the perimeter of Capitol Hill further out.