(NPR) The violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was unprecedented in modern U.S. history — but some pro-Trump extremists are promising it was just a taste of things to come.
“Many of Us will return on January 19, 2021, carrying Our weapons, in support of Our nation’s resolve, towhich [sic] the world will never forget!!!” one person wrote on Parler, a site friendly to right-wing extremists. “We will come in numbers that no standing army or police agency can match.”
That post was one of dozens spotted by the Alethea Group, which tracks online threats and disinformation. Various virtual fliers circulating on social media promise an “armed march” on Capitol Hill and in every state capital a few days before the inauguration. Other posts promise violence on Inauguration Day itself. One post encourages supporters to meet in D.C. specifically to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from entering the White House.
Saturday Afternoon Violence Breaks Out at Trump Rally in San Diego
(NBC) Supporters of President Trump faced off with counter-protesters on Saturday in Pacific Beach, prompting San Diego police to declare the situation an unlawful assembly “due to acts of violence.” […]
The protest was organized this week in the wake of events in Washington on Wednesday, when pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building. A digital flyer was circulated describing the event as a “Patriot March,” which said the event’s purpose was “To stand up for our republic, our Constitution and for our freedom.”
Affront of Agitating Rhetoric, False Accusations, and Denial from Trump’s Congressional Allies Continues