Representatives Mo Brooks, Paul Gosar and Matt Gaetz have all promoted the idea that the far-left group Antifa snuck up with Trump supporters at Wednesday’s rally to provoke a crowd.
The Florida congressman began by saying he was “not sure if the information was true,” but went on to quote the Washington Times article, saying it contained “compelling evidence” that Antifa s ‘was infiltrating the ranks of rioters supporting Trump.
“Some of the people who violated the Capitol today were not Trump supporters,” Gaetz said. “They were posing as supporters of Trump and, in fact, were members of the violent anti-fa terrorist group.”
The facts first: None of this is true. The firm cited by the Washington Times told two media outlets that the story was false. In addition, right-wing extremists have been identified in the crowd that stormed the Capitol, and CNN has, at the time of this article’s publication, seen no evidence of left-wing infiltration of the crowd.
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