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Antifa was behind the storming of the capitol building.

There is no credible evidence that the individuals who stormed the building were anything other than Trump supporters.

There is no credible evidence that the individuals who stormed the building were anything other than Trump supporters. Democratic candidate Joe Biden won the 2020 US Presidential elections. Biden’s administration will take office on Inauguration Day, which will be on January 20, 2021. Since Election Day, President Donald Trump and his aides have repeatedly claimed widespread voter fraud, making accusations about the various swing states' voting process.

On January 6, 2020, Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol Building in an effort to overturn the election. However, after the siege, social media users claimed that many of the people who forced their way into the building were not Trump supporters at all, but “false flag” actors and members of AntiFa. There is no credible evidence that the individuals who stormed the building were anything other than Trump supporters wishing to overturn the result of the election.

According to an analysis projected by NBC news, around 7,000 posts on Twitter claimed that AntiFa activists led the crowd in disguise. The claims were also supported by the House floor representative Matt Gaetz R-Fla. However, the images and the videos from the capitol building siege showed the crowd as pro-Tump groups wearing and waving Trump-branded flags and caps. The pictures of the individuals captured at the site are associated with extreme and far-right groups and supporters of online conspiracy theories, many of whom have long been active online involved in pro-Trump rallies.

One of the most viral images shared in posts features a man dressed in a painted face, fur hat, and horns, holding an American flag, identified as Jake Angeli. Many people claimed that AntiFa sent him to the US Capitol rally to provoke violence. A picture of Angeli from the Arizona BLM march in June 2020 was also shared as proof. But, an investigation by Logically found that Angeli was actually at the BLM event as an anti-protester. He is a well-known supporter of the unfounded far-right conspiracy movement QAnon and identifies himself as the QAnon Shaman.

His social media posts display images of him attending several QAnon events and YouTube videos about the state conspiracies. In November, he was further caught on camera delivering a speech in Phoenix, Arizona, about the alleged fraudulent votes in elections. His personal Facebook page is also filled with images and memes related to extreme ideas and conspiracy theories.

According to a statement by the US Department of Justice's, the investigation of the individuals involved in the storm is still in progress and had assured to charge crimes and make arrests of those responsible for the disruption.

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