In the days after the Jan. 6 seige, some members of the right tried to blame Antifa for the deadly attack, but supporters of Donald Trump charged in connection to the riot are not happy about the group getting credit for their work.
According to a HuffPost report, some rioters awaiting trial for their alleged roles in the siege took to social media to take all the credit for storming the Capitol.
“It was not Antifa at the Capitol. It was freedom loving Patriots who were DESPERATE to fight for the final hope of our Republic because literally nobody cares about them. Everyone else can denounce them. I will not,” Brandon Straka, a “Stop the Steal” organizer wrote according to charging documents.
“Listen up: I hear so many reports of ‘Antifa’ was storming the capital [sic] building. Know that every single person who believes that narrative have been DUPED AGAIN!” another rioter Ryan Nichols wrote. “Sure, there may have been some ‘Antifa’ in DC, but there wasn’t enough to ‘Storm the Capital’ [sic] themselves.”
“Okay all you conspiracy theorists 😜 don’t worry I loves yous all just setting the record straight,” Karl Dresch wrote according to court documents. “Antifa did not take the capitol. That was Patriots, I can’t guarantee there weren’t some shit birds in the crowd but what multi-million crowd can you guarantee?.don’t give them the thunder, we the people took back our house, the news is all bullshit.and now those traitors Know who’s really in charge.”
In a heated phone call on Jan. 6 during the riot, Trump told McCarthy that Antifa was behind the attack. The House Minority Leader pushed backed telling the former president that it was his people storming the Capitol.
On Monday Sen. Ron. Johnson tried to once again shift blame from pro-Trump groups telling a Wisconsin radio station that “groups of agitators” should be blamed for the riot, not “tens of thousands of Trump supporters” who turned up for the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally in Washington, D.C. that day.
“The group of people that supported Trump, the hundreds of thousands of people that attend those Trump rallies, those are people that love this country, that never would have done what happened on January 6,” Johnson said. “That is a group of people that love freedom. That’s a group of people we need to unify and keep on our side.”