WASHINGTON An far-right rally in support of those who attacked the US Capitol on January 6 has faded amid fears that law enforcement might track down the extremists who came for it.
Members of the media and law enforcement thronged far-right rebel supporters who appeared near the Capitol on Saturday to protest hundreds of arrests Which has been done in connection with the riots on 6 January linked to the death of five people and the injury of more than 140 law enforcement officers.
Organizer of “Justice for J6” rally, former Donald Trump campaign operator Matt Brainard previously said she expected up to 700 people to come to the rally. Instead, it appeared that fewer than 100 people demonstrated to protest the arrests of the Capitol attackers. The rally ended at around 2 pm local time.
One person who appeared was also sang a song about Ashli Babbitt, one of those who was shot and killed by a law enforcement officer on January 6, when he tried to climb through a broken window to reach lawmakers being shepherded to security inside the Capitol.
Another man, a 70-year-old retired man named Gary, who declined to give his last name, said he was not surprised to see such a small turnout.
“There’s more law enforcement here than there are protesters,” he said. “this is absurd.”
Right-wing researchers such as Jared Holt said online chatter among extremists suggested some would show up for fear of traps by law enforcement. Far-right figures, including GAB CEO Andrew Torba and QOne conspiracy leader Ron Watkins, encouraged their followers not to attend for fear of Torba becoming a “political prisoner of the state”.
Violent gang member the Proud Boys also opted not to show up, with one member suggesting that the rally “seems like fodder,” Holt reported. in his substack Newspaper.