Following Wednesday’s uprising in the Capitol, Trump supporters with extremist views feel bold and promise to return to Washington for the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, using online platforms to reunite with each other.
“Many of us will return on January 19, 2021, carrying our weapons, in support of the determination of our nation, to which [sic] The world will never forget !!! We will come in cash that no standing army or police agency can handle, ”wrote a popular Parler user who frequently publishes QAnon posts and is tracked by the Anti-Defamation League.
“Round 2 on January 20. This time without mercy. I don’t even care about keeping Trump in power. I care about the war, “anonymously posted on the platform TheDonald.win, which is full of comments posted by people praising those who revolted Wednesday as” heroes. “
Law enforcement is trying to identify those who broke into the Capitol building and are worried about the discovery as another target.
“Concerns are growing that violent extremists are encouraged by the Capitol violation, which means the clock is ticking to remove the most influential motives for violence before they act again,” said Frank Figluci, a former FBI assistant national NBC News security analyst.
Federal and local law enforcement agencies have so far made dozens of arrests in connection with Wednesday’s Capitol violation and subsequent curfew violations.
The Secret Service, which oversees the security of the inauguration, could not immediately be reached for comment. The Department of Homeland Security, which controls the secret services, directed NBC News to the secret service.
According to the National Park Service, which processes permits for rallies in DC, seven applications for First Amendment permits are being processed, overlapping with the date of inauguration, one of which is apparently for Trump supporters.
Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University and a senior fellow at the Southern Center for Poverty who monitors online extremism, said she was concerned that since President Donald Trump would not be at the inauguration, extremists would be focused on Biden.
“On January 6, their energy was directed to Congress. At 20, their energy will be directed to Biden. This is especially true because they do not repent or be ashamed. It’s not great at the moment, “she said.
Squire is collecting flyers for 10 rallies scheduled for January 17, organized by members of the far-right police movement who call themselves “Bugaloo bois.” They appeared last year when they appeared at rallies calling for the protection of the rights of the Second Amendment, and the group was on the radar of law enforcement agencies for anti-government activities.
Of greatest concern is the excitement expressed online by accelerationists, some of the most brutal and extreme in the white-top movement, who believe a racial war is imminent.
“Overall, the power of the system took a big hit yesterday,” wrote one person in a Telegram chat preferred by the accelerators.
“[Accelerationists] are above the moon and talk about how to take advantage of complaints. They are completely excited by these groups in the Telegram, said Squire.
The fact that a new president will be opened, according to ADL President Jonathan Greenblatt, does not mean that the extremists who are on Trump will disappear into the background.
“The conspiratorial, unfounded account of stolen elections will continue to revive extremists for some time to come,” he said.
Laura Strickler, Michael Kosnar and Julia Ainsley contributed.