Capitol siege was the result of right-wing election lies

Voter fraud conspiracy theories and false hope that Trump could overturn the election inspired supporters to try the unthinkable

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Photo by Harrison Keely via FreeImages | Supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Trump’s voter fraud lies were always rooted in extremism

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Author Screenshot | Trump shares a quote from One America News promoting the debunked Dominion Voting Systems conspiracy theory, which originated in QAnon circles.
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Author Screenshot | Steven Nelson, a reporter for The New York Post, shares a photo of a QAnon supporter, Jake Angeli, standing on the Senate dais after infiltrating the U.S. Capitol.
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Author Screenshots | (Left) Nick Ochs, a member of Proud Boys Hawaii, shared a selfie on Twitter of him smoking a cigarette in the Capitol. (Right) Sparrow Media confirms that Baked Alaska, aka Tim Gionet, broke into Capitol offices on January 6.

January 6 was historic, but unsurprising

Trump repeated unfounded voter fraud allegations and told the crowd “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a county anymore.”

Republicans, right-wing media still haven’t learned their lesson

“It really matters that the president of the United States is an arsonist of radicalization. And it will really help when that is no longer the case.”

Law student, writer and photographer. Follow me on Twitter @jaredcasto

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