Only small crowds gathered outside the Capitol on Saturday at a pro-Trump rally on January 6, which a far-right blog Gate Expert he said he would be “the biggest J6 so far.”
According to reports, only a few dozen Trump supporters turned up for the Rally of Truth.
The rally, whose stated purpose was to “unite against the political persecution of political prisoners on January 6” and against “the conservative political persecution in the heart of the American capital”, was to draw crowds with a series of far-right commentators, professors and conspiracy theorists.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin and two journalists Gate Expert were listed as speakers.
Lindell, who was supposed to intervene via Zoom’s phone, is currently under a federal investigation into alleged violations of electoral equipment in Colorado.
Reporters at the scene said there were nearly as many counter-protesters in the videos showing the small crowds.
“Counter-Protestants have just arrived, and there are probably half as many as one-sixth of the Truths. It was supposed to start with 1 and nothing else, “NBC News reporter Ben Collins wrote on Twitter.
The footage shared by a journalist shows how relatively empty the Capitol grounds were on Saturday, with two small groups of counter-protesters and gathering opposite each other at opposite ends of the street. Counter-protesters chanted and beat the buckets as if they were drums to drown out the voices of the speakers attending the rally.
Daily Beast’s Zachary Petrizzo, also present at the scene, shared a photo of a rally speaker speaking in front of an apparently broken electronic backdrop, commenting that the event had a “difficult start”. Petrizzo wrote of the rally as “a spectacular failure”.
Most of the rally participants were reportedly members of the Reconstruction Movement of 1776, which waved American flags and “Let’s Go Brandon” upside down.
The rally was organized to support those arrested after the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021, whom the organizers called “patriots” and “heroes.” But Collins said the position of the rally participants and organizers regarding the January 6 riots was generally misleading.
“No one at this Rally of Truth on Jan. 6 has really ascertained whether rioters are proud of it, whether they did it, or whether they did it, and it was a trap,” Collins wrote on Twitter. “The topic is basically this: there was no uprising on January 6 and we would do it again.”
Collins also reported that “the loudest applause today at this 1/6 Truth Rally was from a woman who listed the url of a site that sells” Abolish FBI “T-shirts.
A rarely attended rally takes place at the end of a tough week for Trump, after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the former president, accusing him and his company of deliberately overstating his real estate, including his Manhattan, Chicago mansion. and Washington, DC
In the lawsuit, Trump and his three eldest children are unable to run a business in New York State again.
Trump called the lawsuit “witch hunt.”
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