In the wake of the deadly capital riot, many of former President Trump’s supporters who helped organize rallies protesting the election results are continuing their efforts.
Cnn’s brian todd looked into their actions since the January 6 attack at the Capitol.
At a rally of Trump supporters this week in West Palm Beach, Florida, the former president swung by to five a thumbs-up from his limo and could be seen saying “we love you” from inside the vehicle.
One person who tweeted support for that rally was Amy Kremer, a former Tea Party activist and founder of the Women for America First movement. Kremer spoke at the January 6 event near the White House, which preceded the attack on the Capitol, but there’s no indication she was involved in the riot.
Kremer tweeted this week, “Anyone that discounts President Trump’s supporters, aka the #maga movement, does so at their own peril. We are here to stay & won’t be going anywhere. Take note at leader McConnell.” She also tweeted this week, “The blue check brigade is trying to get my account shutdown because I don’t believe the election results.”Volume 90%
Jared Holt, a fellow with the Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Research Lab, said, “Despite the attack on the Capitol on January 6, Amy Kremer has not been deterred in spreading the exact same kind of disinformation and conspiracy theories that animated so many people on the ground that participated in that attack.”
Analysts who track these movements say some of Trump’s most ardent supporters are still organizing, and agitating after January 6 and even after Trump’s acquittal in the impeachment trial.
One far-right organizer posted on Telegram this week, saying “civil war” is one possible outcome for him and his followers, and also said “I may call you into service…Stand ready.”
Holt said, “If he is able to produce the results that he says he wants to produce, which includes organizing rallies next month in several states like Georgia and Michigan and Arizona, he could pose a significant risk going forward.”
Analysts who track Trump’s supporters say that even if they’re fragmented, some extreme elements within that group are worrisome.
John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher with Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, said, “Clearly this is something that appeals to their base. But I think for those of us who watched that violence very closely and have spent the last months analyzing it, it’s deeply troubling. And a lot of us are concerned about what might happen at the next rally, the next event, given the kind of language that is coming out of these people.”
During a Congressional hearing, officials announced nearly 5,000 National Guard troops will remain in Washington through mid-March due to concerns about Qanon and domestic extremists.
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