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Mike Weber
2021-02-22 15:11:00 UTC
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Of course it was Antifa, you stupid cunt....classic False Flag
op...Antifa insurrectionists carrying Trump banners and Battle Flags.
Just like 9/11, which was a false flag by the Bush admin.

Ask Alex Jones.


Say! Just think about it for a second.


MAGA World Is Splintering

Following the riot at the Capitol, Trump supporters are having an
existential crisis on Twitter.
Kaitlyn Tiffany
January 8, 2021
Pro-Trump insurrectionists march around the U.S. Capitol.
Getty / The Atlantic

Bryson Gray, a 29-year-old rapper and Donald Trump superfan from North
Carolina, wants to make one thing clear: It was a group of the president’s
most loyal supporters that rioted in the U.S. Capitol building on
Wednesday, and nobody else. When I spoke with Gray yesterday, he said he
had been “too late” to get inside the Capitol itself with the rest of the
mob, which broke windows and chanted through the halls of Congress in an
ultimately futile attempt to disrupt the confirmation of Joe Biden as
president. So he stood outside the building with a crowd and sang the
national anthem.


“When I left the Capitol, I actually thought I was going to get on Twitter
and see a bunch of support, because it was actually a very beautiful
thing,” Gray said. Instead, he was met with a strange message spreading
across the site: Trump fans weren’t behind the riots. Instead, it was
antifa, the decentralized left-wing group that has become a bogeyman for
Republican commentators and politicians, and for President Trump in
particular. Many of Gray’s former #StopTheSteal allies had disavowed the
insurrection, and a good number of them were using leftist antagonists as
their scapegoat. “The first tweet I saw was somebody saying ‘Patriots
don’t storm buildings; there were no patriots in the Capitol,’” Gray told
me. “I’m like, Uh, that literally makes no sense; what are you talking
about?”


As early as 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, just as the mob was taking over the
Capitol building, claims that antifa had “infiltrated” the group started
to go viral on Twitter. The far-right blog The Gateway Pundit insisted
that a whole busload of “Antifa thugs” was on the scene. Others claimed
that a well-known figure in the QAnon movement, Jake Angeli, was a “paid
actor” and a secret liberal supporter of Black Lives Matter, or they
labeled random photos of members of the crowd “ANTIFA supporters dressed
in MAGA clothing.” By the evening, the theory had been picked up by
several Republican members of Congress, including Representatives Paul
Gosar of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, and Matt Gaetz of Florida. (None
of these representatives’ offices returned a request for comment.)

The theory is false. There is no credible evidence of involvement by
antifa, which is not an organized group and has been responsible for very
little violence, while Gray and numerous other known MAGA figures actually
were involved in the insurrection. But empirical reality notwithstanding,
the antifa story has become a dividing line within the MAGA world this
week—and a telling symbol of its internal upheaval.

Over the past two days, Trump loyalists have been bickering online over
whether to take credit for and celebrate their most dramatic action yet,
or distance themselves from the scene by calling up familiar conspiracy
theories to explain it away. Some may genuinely believe, as they say, that
paid “crisis actors” are responsible. Many don’t seem to know what they
believe, or what is most savvy to present, and pivot from post to post.
Still others, like Gray, are consistently frustrated and outraged that
anybody on their side wouldn’t be proud of what happened Wednesday
afternoon. “The blue-check conservatives, all the popular ones, put
‘1776’ in their bios and tweet about how it’s time for patriots to stand
up and fight,” he told me. “Then they turn around and condemn patriots
doing exactly that.”

The coalition, in other words, is experiencing a schism—and you can watch
it on Twitter, or by flipping through Instagram Stories. As soon as
#StopTheSteal went offline in a serious, dangerous way, everyone who had
been posting about it had to choose a side, or a reality. Broadly, the
Republican establishment and its voters have had to grapple with whether
they want to continue claiming the party’s radical flank. Wednesday “was
probably the most visceral experience of watching a political party
fracture,” says Joan Donovan, the research director at the Shorenstein
Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. “It seems to me that we’re in
the midst of watching MAGA become its own movement.”

Read: When the MAGA bubble burst

The antifa rumor is unsurprising and sort of stale—a knee-jerk response at
this point to anything that certain right-wing commentators see in public
and don’t like. “This is such a repetitive tactic that many in the
[disinformation] field don’t even track it anymore, because it’s so
glaringly obvious,” Donovan told me. Nevertheless, it caught on
easily—just as it did last summer, when antifa was repeatedly blamed for
stoking unrest during the Black Lives Matter protests, and the summer
before, when Trump first tweeted that the “Radical Left Wack Jobs” were a
“major Organization of Terror.” By Wednesday evening, the Fox News hosts
Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson were on air suggesting that it was not
clear how many people at the Capitol were actually Trump supporters.
Ingraham also tweeted the link to a now-debunked story on the Washington
Times website, which claimed that members of antifa had been identified
using facial-recognition technology. (The story is now inaccessible on the
Washington Times site. The site’s digital editor did not return a request
for comment.)

As the disinformation exploded across social media, Donovan points out, it
benefited both from the openness and scale of major sites such as Facebook
and Twitter and from the fact that it was shared enthusiastically in
private Facebook groups, making its virality harder to track. Of the
public Facebook posts about the story, Representative Gaetz’s was the most
influential, according to data from the social-media-monitoring tool
CrowdTangle. His initial post has been shared more than 7,000 times. In
addition, his tweet of the link has been retweeted more than 11,000 times.
(Gaetz also cited the false story in a speech on the House floor Wednesday
night, saying that it provided “compelling evidence” that “some of the
people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters; they were
masquerading as Trump supporters.”)

After the story took off, Facebook added an overlay to the post, labeling
it “false information”—but it was still shared on the platform more than
90,000 times, according to CrowdTangle. A Facebook spokesperson told me
that the company was “reducing distribution” of several claims about
antifa, though it is not removing them. This was a step further than
Twitter: Currently, Twitter users who search for antifa are presented with
a text box informing them that the group wasn’t responsible for
Wednesday’s events, but beyond that, it is unclear whether Twitter has
done anything to slow the spread of the conspiracy theory. (The company
has not returned a request for comment.)

Oddly, these platforms were joined in their effort to correctly identify
the mob’s political allegiances by Trump diehards who were proud to accept
credit. Samantha Marika, a right-wing social-media personality with
293,000 Twitter followers, appeared enthralled by the insurrection and
frustrated by the claims that it was staged by antifa. “Those people
aren’t Antifa,” she tweeted. “They are patriots.” On her Instagram Story,
she reposted a tweet from the pro-Trump blogger David Leatherwood: “I
don’t know how some of you have spent the last 2 months riling up the base
about a stolen election and telling everybody we must fight- And then when
we finally do you cower away and blame Antifa. Beta cucks.”



Gray, the rapper and Trump fan, for his part spent much of Wednesday and
yesterday reminding his 205,000 followers of the truth in exceptionally
clear terms: “No it wasn’t Antifa that stormed the Capitol building. That
was us,” he wrote in one tweet. “MAGA was in DC fighting for our country
and freedoms,” he wrote in another. “Twitter ‘maga’ people were giving the
credit to Antifa.” That tweet ended with an emoji shedding a tear.

Social media’s scale and searchability is such that anybody looking to
believe almost anything can quickly and easily find what seems like
evidence to support that belief, then push it out to a wider and wider
circle. In the past few days, factions of political factions have
coalesced around cherry-picked pieces of reality or fondly held bits of
delusion. On Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, the supposed proof of
antifa’s involvement I saw most often was a blurry image of a man with a
hand tattoo. Popular right-wing influencers who appeared shaken by the
day’s events agreed that the tattoo was definitely a hammer and sickle,
indicating that the man was a communist infiltrator in (lazy) disguise.
Others have posted urgings to “think critically” about why the Capitol was
so easily overrun, congregating around the possibility of some kind of
setup. Meanwhile, people like Gray know that they sang the national anthem
outside on a patch of grass—to their mind, this means the day was
peaceful.

It should be simple: antifa or “patriots”? The choice between claiming
responsibility and passing it off is an ideological line in the sand for
each person who makes it. At the same time, the online MAGA world’s
stutter step in this moment illustrates just how flexible reality can
appear online, particularly in the thick of a breaking news event. And
particularly in the hands of people who don’t care what the truth is, and
are interested only in whether it can serve them.

As she marched through Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, an
Instagram parenting and travel blogger who goes by @thatboldmama asked her
followers why they were mad at “Americans fighting back,” insisting that
“storming the US Capitol is NOT violent.” She seemed surprised to be
receiving pushback. By yesterday morning, she was fully on board with the
antifa theory, and sharing posts about how the event must have been
staged. When I reached out to her, she referred me to one of her posts:
“Don't let the news media FOOL you,” she wrote. “It was a great day until
NON Patriots breached” the Capitol.
RichA
2021-02-22 15:20:01 UTC
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"When Two-thirds Of Republicans Believe That Antifa Was Involved In The
Assault On The Capitol, Selling The Base A Bogus Narrative About The Texas
Electricity Disaster Is Practically Child's Play.
When Two-thirds Of Republicans Believe That Antifa Was Involved In The
Assault On The Capitol, Selling The Base A Bogus Narrative About The Texas
Electricity Disaster Is Practically Child's Play."
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/opinion/texas-storm-power.html
Of course it was Antifa, you stupid cunt....classic False Flag
op...Antifa insurrectionists carrying Trump banners and Battle Flags.
Why are rightists constantly being outwitted by leftists leaving you assholes
crying in your beer every time?


Sure rightists are fucking dumb, but the last year has been shit eating
stupid for righties.
Mike Weber
2021-04-15 02:23:54 UTC
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Of course it was Antifa, you stupid cunt....classic False Flag
op...Antifa insurrectionists carrying Trump banners and Battle Flags.
Just like 9/11, which was a false flag by the Bush admin.

Ask Alex Jones.


Say! Just think about it for a second.


MAGA World Is Splintering

Following the riot at the Capitol, Trump supporters are having an
existential crisis on Twitter.
Kaitlyn Tiffany
January 8, 2021
Pro-Trump insurrectionists march around the U.S. Capitol.
Getty / The Atlantic

Bryson Gray, a 29-year-old rapper and Donald Trump superfan from North
Carolina, wants to make one thing clear: It was a group of the president’s
most loyal supporters that rioted in the U.S. Capitol building on
Wednesday, and nobody else. When I spoke with Gray yesterday, he said he
had been “too late” to get inside the Capitol itself with the rest of the
mob, which broke windows and chanted through the halls of Congress in an
ultimately futile attempt to disrupt the confirmation of Joe Biden as
president. So he stood outside the building with a crowd and sang the
national anthem.


“When I left the Capitol, I actually thought I was going to get on Twitter
and see a bunch of support, because it was actually a very beautiful
thing,” Gray said. Instead, he was met with a strange message spreading
across the site: Trump fans weren’t behind the riots. Instead, it was
antifa, the decentralized left-wing group that has become a bogeyman for
Republican commentators and politicians, and for President Trump in
particular. Many of Gray’s former #StopTheSteal allies had disavowed the
insurrection, and a good number of them were using leftist antagonists as
their scapegoat. “The first tweet I saw was somebody saying ‘Patriots
don’t storm buildings; there were no patriots in the Capitol,’” Gray told
me. “I’m like, Uh, that literally makes no sense; what are you talking
about?”


As early as 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, just as the mob was taking over the
Capitol building, claims that antifa had “infiltrated” the group started
to go viral on Twitter. The far-right blog The Gateway Pundit insisted
that a whole busload of “Antifa thugs” was on the scene. Others claimed
that a well-known figure in the QAnon movement, Jake Angeli, was a “paid
actor” and a secret liberal supporter of Black Lives Matter, or they
labeled random photos of members of the crowd “ANTIFA supporters dressed
in MAGA clothing.” By the evening, the theory had been picked up by
several Republican members of Congress, including Representatives Paul
Gosar of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, and Matt Gaetz of Florida. (None
of these representatives’ offices returned a request for comment.)

The theory is false. There is no credible evidence of involvement by
antifa, which is not an organized group and has been responsible for very
little violence, while Gray and numerous other known MAGA figures actually
were involved in the insurrection. But empirical reality notwithstanding,
the antifa story has become a dividing line within the MAGA world this
week—and a telling symbol of its internal upheaval.

Over the past two days, Trump loyalists have been bickering online over
whether to take credit for and celebrate their most dramatic action yet,
or distance themselves from the scene by calling up familiar conspiracy
theories to explain it away. Some may genuinely believe, as they say, that
paid “crisis actors” are responsible. Many don’t seem to know what they
believe, or what is most savvy to present, and pivot from post to post.
Still others, like Gray, are consistently frustrated and outraged that
anybody on their side wouldn’t be proud of what happened Wednesday
afternoon. “The blue-check conservatives, all the popular ones, put
‘1776’ in their bios and tweet about how it’s time for patriots to stand
up and fight,” he told me. “Then they turn around and condemn patriots
doing exactly that.”

The coalition, in other words, is experiencing a schism—and you can watch
it on Twitter, or by flipping through Instagram Stories. As soon as
#StopTheSteal went offline in a serious, dangerous way, everyone who had
been posting about it had to choose a side, or a reality. Broadly, the
Republican establishment and its voters have had to grapple with whether
they want to continue claiming the party’s radical flank. Wednesday “was
probably the most visceral experience of watching a political party
fracture,” says Joan Donovan, the research director at the Shorenstein
Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. “It seems to me that we’re in
the midst of watching MAGA become its own movement.”

Read: When the MAGA bubble burst

The antifa rumor is unsurprising and sort of stale—a knee-jerk response at
this point to anything that certain right-wing commentators see in public
and don’t like. “This is such a repetitive tactic that many in the
[disinformation] field don’t even track it anymore, because it’s so
glaringly obvious,” Donovan told me. Nevertheless, it caught on
easily—just as it did last summer, when antifa was repeatedly blamed for
stoking unrest during the Black Lives Matter protests, and the summer
before, when Trump first tweeted that the “Radical Left Wack Jobs” were a
“major Organization of Terror.” By Wednesday evening, the Fox News hosts
Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson were on air suggesting that it was not
clear how many people at the Capitol were actually Trump supporters.
Ingraham also tweeted the link to a now-debunked story on the Washington
Times website, which claimed that members of antifa had been identified
using facial-recognition technology. (The story is now inaccessible on the
Washington Times site. The site’s digital editor did not return a request
for comment.)

As the disinformation exploded across social media, Donovan points out, it
benefited both from the openness and scale of major sites such as Facebook
and Twitter and from the fact that it was shared enthusiastically in
private Facebook groups, making its virality harder to track. Of the
public Facebook posts about the story, Representative Gaetz’s was the most
influential, according to data from the social-media-monitoring tool
CrowdTangle. His initial post has been shared more than 7,000 times. In
addition, his tweet of the link has been retweeted more than 11,000 times.
(Gaetz also cited the false story in a speech on the House floor Wednesday
night, saying that it provided “compelling evidence” that “some of the
people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters; they were
masquerading as Trump supporters.”)

After the story took off, Facebook added an overlay to the post, labeling
it “false information”—but it was still shared on the platform more than
90,000 times, according to CrowdTangle. A Facebook spokesperson told me
that the company was “reducing distribution” of several claims about
antifa, though it is not removing them. This was a step further than
Twitter: Currently, Twitter users who search for antifa are presented with
a text box informing them that the group wasn’t responsible for
Wednesday’s events, but beyond that, it is unclear whether Twitter has
done anything to slow the spread of the conspiracy theory. (The company
has not returned a request for comment.)

Oddly, these platforms were joined in their effort to correctly identify
the mob’s political allegiances by Trump diehards who were proud to accept
credit. Samantha Marika, a right-wing social-media personality with
293,000 Twitter followers, appeared enthralled by the insurrection and
frustrated by the claims that it was staged by antifa. “Those people
aren’t Antifa,” she tweeted. “They are patriots.” On her Instagram Story,
she reposted a tweet from the pro-Trump blogger David Leatherwood: “I
don’t know how some of you have spent the last 2 months riling up the base
about a stolen election and telling everybody we must fight- And then when
we finally do you cower away and blame Antifa. Beta cucks.”



Gray, the rapper and Trump fan, for his part spent much of Wednesday and
yesterday reminding his 205,000 followers of the truth in exceptionally
clear terms: “No it wasn’t Antifa that stormed the Capitol building. That
was us,” he wrote in one tweet. “MAGA was in DC fighting for our country
and freedoms,” he wrote in another. “Twitter ‘maga’ people were giving the
credit to Antifa.” That tweet ended with an emoji shedding a tear.

Social media’s scale and searchability is such that anybody looking to
believe almost anything can quickly and easily find what seems like
evidence to support that belief, then push it out to a wider and wider
circle. In the past few days, factions of political factions have
coalesced around cherry-picked pieces of reality or fondly held bits of
delusion. On Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, the supposed proof of
antifa’s involvement I saw most often was a blurry image of a man with a
hand tattoo. Popular right-wing influencers who appeared shaken by the
day’s events agreed that the tattoo was definitely a hammer and sickle,
indicating that the man was a communist infiltrator in (lazy) disguise.
Others have posted urgings to “think critically” about why the Capitol was
so easily overrun, congregating around the possibility of some kind of
setup. Meanwhile, people like Gray know that they sang the national anthem
outside on a patch of grass—to their mind, this means the day was
peaceful.

It should be simple: antifa or “patriots”? The choice between claiming
responsibility and passing it off is an ideological line in the sand for
each person who makes it. At the same time, the online MAGA world’s
stutter step in this moment illustrates just how flexible reality can
appear online, particularly in the thick of a breaking news event. And
particularly in the hands of people who don’t care what the truth is, and
are interested only in whether it can serve them.

As she marched through Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, an
Instagram parenting and travel blogger who goes by @thatboldmama asked her
followers why they were mad at “Americans fighting back,” insisting that
“storming the US Capitol is NOT violent.” She seemed surprised to be
receiving pushback. By yesterday morning, she was fully on board with the
antifa theory, and sharing posts about how the event must have been
staged. When I reached out to her, she referred me to one of her posts:
“Don't let the news media FOOL you,” she wrote. “It was a great day until
NON Patriots breached” the Capitol.
RichA
2021-04-17 17:00:20 UTC
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Post by r***@gmail.com
"When Two-thirds Of Republicans Believe That Antifa Was Involved In The
Assault On The Capitol, Selling The Base A Bogus Narrative About The Texas
Electricity Disaster Is Practically Child's Play.
When Two-thirds Of Republicans Believe That Antifa Was Involved In The
Assault On The Capitol, Selling The Base A Bogus Narrative About The Texas
Electricity Disaster Is Practically Child's Play."
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/opinion/texas-storm-power.html
Of course it was Antifa, you stupid cunt....classic False Flag
op...Antifa insurrectionists carrying Trump banners and Battle Flags.
Why are rightists constantly being outwitted by leftists leaving you assholes
crying in your beer every time?


Sure rightists are fucking dumb, but the last year has been shit eating
stupid for righties.

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