While Republican lawmakers baselessly blame antifa, right-wing extremists brag about taking part in “the start of White Revolution.” While congressmen and conservative media pundits continue to blame the violent storming of Capitol Hill on “antifa,” neo-Nazi accounts online have been busy posting photos documenting their intimate involvement in yesterday’s actions. “I was there as it happened,” posted a known American neo-Nazi account with close to 5,000 followers on Telegram, an encrypted chat app popular with organized racists. The account posted a video of the violent infiltration of Congress. “I was in D.C and I can tell you this is the beginning of the start of White Revolution in the United States!” read another of its posts. “The System fired upon Whites approaching (Capitol)l Hill and calling out the treason which has been going on too long here in America.” One violent white supremacist street gang, which calls itself the “National Socialist Club” and is led and was founded by Chris Hood—a former member of neo-Nazi terror group the Base—bragged online that it not only showed up to the protests on Wednesday afternoon, but were there to “ensure white safety.” (…) An online neo-Nazi store, popular among adherents of the violent terroristic accelerationist ideology, posted a photo of a skull-masked follower in front of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History. (Skull masks are worn by adherents of Siege, an insurgency manual penned in the 1980s that became the founding document of terror groups like the Base and Atomwaffen Division.) “Dear American brothers and sisters, you’ll never get a better shot at ending the globalist menace in your country. It’s now or never!” said the post accompanying the photo. It shows a masked man wearing a Black Sun patch—an image synonymous with global neo-Nazism and popularized by the Christchurch shooter who wore it as he massacred 50 worshippers in a mosque. While there is overwhelming evidence that neo-Nazis, QAnon conspiracists and others on the right-wing fringe were responsible for yesterday’s violence, lawmakers continue to hawk ludicrous narratives of an “antifa” conspiracy. Republican congressmen Matt Gaetz and Mo Brooks, both have baselessly claimed that antifascist activists were really the ones responsible for the violence on Capitol Hill.
siehe auch: Baked Alaska, the QAnon Shaman … who led the storming of the Capitol? Collection of far-right activists and groups came to Washington DC to enact a familiar playbook. A neo-Nazi conspiracist called Baked Alaska. A rightwing troll formerly known as Ali Akbar. A part-time actor with a horned furry hat who goes by the name QAnon Shaman. These are some of the Donald Trump supporters who incited and led the storming of the US Capitol on Wednesday. Their pseudonyms and eclectic backgrounds and the chaotic scenes suggested a disorganised rabble but this was an insurrection foretold. The same far-right activists and groups that have spent the past four years marching, protesting and trolling on behalf of the president came to Washington DC to enact a familiar playbook – except this time on the biggest stage of all. The flags and insignias advertised who they were: the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, QAnon, once shadowy groups that now rallied in broad daylight, their assault on democracy performed as public spectacle for a world that watched in horror. Others brandished banners with more recent monikers, such as Stop the Steal, an umbrella term for those who believe Trump won the election and that Joe Biden is a usurper. (…) Some groups planned the Washington DC rally on Facebook. Others used more freewheeling social media platforms such as Parler and Gab popular with the right. A repurposed quote from the thinker Thomas Sowell foreshadowed what was to come: “If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilisation, then be prepared to accept barbarism.” Others on the platforms vowed to occupy the Capitol and posted pictures of guns they planned to bring. Before and during the mayhem Gab and Parler were reportedly used to share tips on routes to avoid police, and the best tools to pry open doors. Some users posted pictures of guns carried into the Capitol. A mob chased a lone black police officer up the stairs. Others seemed content to take selfies as they roamed the corridors and offices. Anthime “Tim” Gionet, a libertarian-turned neo-Nazi conspiracist better known as Baked Alaska, livestreamed the tumult and occupied the office of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Jake Angeli, an actor and voiceover artist from Arizona who goes by the name QAnon Shaman, cut a surreal sight with a horned hat, a painted face and a bare, tattooed chest.