Disinfo: The ”Deep State” lured the passionate protestors into storming the Capitol

Summary

It’s extremely suspicious that the US Capitol was so poorly defended despite there being an ongoing session of Congress on such an historic day and after weeks of preparation to ensure the site’s safety ahead of Trump’s long-planned Save America March. It’s even more baffling that some of the police officers removed the barricades and even opened the doors to some of the protesters, which in hindsight suggests that the “deep state” wanted to tempt the most “overly passionate” among them (to say nothing of suspected provocateurs) into storming the site as the pretext for what followed.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, forwarded without a hint of evidence. The protesters forced themselves into the Congress with violence, disregarding calls to stand down.

There is no evidence that Capitol Police granted rioters access to the building or that they were “in on” the breach, as some posts claim. Footage that appeared to show some officers allowing rioters past barricades was misrepresented online. The journalist who shot the video said the officers backed off the barricade because they were “completely outnumbered.”

Furthermore, the idea of a "Deep State" has always been very popular among conspiracy theorists. Its manifestations might be different, but generally, the concept conjures up the image of a small group of men, deciding the fate of the world behind the scenes. However, there is no evidence of such a "Deep State" existing in the United States. No reputable political scientists and researchers confirm the existence of a “Deep State” in the United States.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Deep state, Protest, Donald Trump, Conspiracy theory
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The most violent US Capitol rioters were not Trump supporters but Antifa

Although it is true some of the protesters who marched into the US Capitol were supporters of President Trump, the most violent people responsible for the unrest and riots were most likely supporters of Antifa. Why? Because when somebody looks like an Antifa supporter, behaves like an Antifa supporter, and is armed like an Antifa supporter would be, they are most likely affiliated with Antifa or a similar organisation.

Disproof

On 6 January 2021 hundreds of President Trump supporters breached the US Capitol after they managed to push through the barriers. The unrest happened as the Congress was to count electoral college votes to certify President-elect Biden’s victory. Five people, including a police officer, died. This incident happened after repeated claims of a “stolen election”.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated there is no evidence at this point that perpetrators of violence at the US Capitol were Antifa supporters.

The US will split in half over stolen elections

American democracy is over and the country has split into two over the fraudulent presidential elections.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin allegation about the stolen votes of the presidential elections in Biden's favour. The other part of the disinformation claim is related to the instability of democracy in the USA.

The day before Congress formally had to affirm Biden's victory in the 2020 US Presidential election, Donald Trump had encouraged his supporters to come to Washington to protest.

The ”Democrats” usurpation of power in the US is a fact

The political drama in the US is over. The “Democrats” usurpation of power has become a fact. The successful coup d’etat, coinciding with the election, against the populist president Donald Trump demonstrated that it is hardly no future in an attempt to rely on the people when the elites are in general against. But who knows, the spark ignited 6 January might start a flame.

Disproof

An unfounded claim, describing the democratic process of electing Joe Biden for President as a “coup”.

This is part of a recurring disinformation narrative about the US in the context of the US presidential election. In its interim assessment on the conduct of the election, the OSCE finds that the contest was: