Pro-Trump January 6 ‘Truth Rally’ sees only dozens of participants

Only small crowds gathered outside the Capitol on Saturday for a pro-Trump rally Jan. 6, the far-right blog published The gateway expert had said it would be “the greatest J6 yet”.

Reportedly, only a few dozen Trump supporters turned up for the “truth rally.”

The rally, whose stated aim was to “stand united against the political persecution of the January 6 political prisoners” and against the “conservative political persecution in the heart of the American capital,” was intended to draw the crowds with a range of far-right commentators, Professors and conspiracy theorists.

Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, founder of Cowboys for Trump Couy Griffin and two journalists The gateway expert were listed as references.

Lindell, who was set to make his intervention via a Zoom call, is currently under federal investigation for an alleged voting equipment violation in Colorado.

With videos showing sparse crowds, reporters at the scene said nearly as many counter-protesters were in attendance.

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Just dozens showed up Saturday at a pro-Trump rally at the Capitol on Jan. 6. In this photo, a woman takes a picture before a Save America rally for former President Donald Trump at the Aero Center Wilmington September 23, 2022 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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“Counter-protesters have just arrived and there are probably half as many of them as 1/6 Truthers. Should be starting at 1 and nothing yet,” wrote NBC News reporter Ben Collins on Twitter.

A video shared by the journalist shows how relatively empty the Capitol grounds were on Saturday, with two small groups of counter-protesters and rally-goers facing each other at opposite ends of a street. Counter-protesters chanted and banged buckets as drums to drown out the voices of speakers attending the rally.

The Daily Beast’s Zachary Petrizzo, who was also at the venue, shared a picture of a speaker speaking in front of what appeared to be a broken electronic backdrop and commented that the event “got off to a rocky start”. Petrizzo wrote that the rally failed “spectacularly”.

Most of the rally-goers were reportedly members of the 1776 Restoration movement, who raised inverted American and Let’s Go Brandon flags.

The rally was framed in support of those arrested following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots, whom organizers described as “patriots” and “heroes.” But Collins reported that the overall attitude of rally-goers and organizers to the Jan. 6 riots was confusing.

“Nobody at that January 6 truth rally really settled on whether the rioters are proud of it, whether they didn’t, or whether they did and it was a setup,” Collins wrote on Twitter. “The issue is basically: there was no riot on January 6, and we would do it again.”

Collins also reported that the “biggest round of applause today at this 1/6 truth rally was for a woman who gave the URL for a site where you can buy “Abolish the FBI” t-shirts.”

The sparsely attended rally comes at the end of a difficult week for Trump after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the former president, accusing him and his company of lowering the value of his real estate, including his Manhattan properties. Chicago, intentionally raise and Washington, DC

The lawsuit could end up preventing Trump and his three eldest children from ever running a business in upstate New York again.

Trump has called the lawsuit a “witch hunt.” Pro-Trump January 6 ‘Truth Rally’ sees only dozens of participants

Rick Schindler

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