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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Protest, Deep state, Donald Trump, Conspiracy theory

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