Candace Owens, Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, Kevin Sorbo and many others on the far-right pushed the conspiracy theory as well
A new conspiracy theory flowed from many in right-wing media after a large group of far-right, extremist Trump supporters stormed and occupied the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday: actually, Antifa did it.
The conservative mob was at the Capitol to protest the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, but they quickly turned violent once the joint session of Congress began, attacking Capitol Police, assaulting the Capitol building itself and occupying it for hours as members of Congress went into lockdown.
But many notable conservatives immediately attempted to shift the blame away from the far-right mob, which was incited by months of violent rhetoric from Donald Trump as he attempted to overturn Biden’s victory with bogus claims of voter fraud. These conservatives, which included washed-up actor Kevin Sorbo, the MyPillow Guy, and Sean Hannity, Brit Hume and Mark Levin of Fox News, wanted to shift the blame to leftists and liberals, without any evidence whatsoever.
Hannity floated the conspiracy multiple times on Wednesday, first on his radio show and again later on his Fox News show.
“Then we had the reports that groups like antifa, other radical groups — I don’t know the names of all of them — that they were there to cause trouble,” Hannity said on the radio, without citing any sources.
On TV, Hannity put the blame on the more vague concept of “bad actors.” “We also knew that there’s also bad actors that will infiltrate large crowds,” he said during his opening segment. He dropped a couple more references to this idea later in the show.
Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson also spread this “antifa” bit on the air on her network.
“I am hearing from some people on the ground that there is a question of if antifa has infiltrated the Trump rally goers and are fomenting some kind of unrest,” Robinson said. And anchor Tom Basile chimed in with his agreement.
“That has happened before. I think that’s very important to, very important to note,” Basile said, though it wasn’t clear what he was referencing.
The MyPillow Guy also did this same bit during a NewsMax interview.
“There were probably some undercover antifa that dressed as Trump people,” he said.
For the most part, these baseless “antifa” theories came on Twitter, where we’ll find Sorbo, Hume, Candace Owens, Ann Coulter, Breitbart editor John Nolte and more. You can read a sampling of these below.
Expect more of this in the days to come.
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