If the Biden administration was banking on using Insurrection Theater to distract from a truly epic series of failures over the past few weeks, its officials must be reeling in disappointment.
The ‘Justice for J6’ rally on Saturday was attended by more police officers and press than protesters, as a few hundred demonstrators gathered near the Capitol building to show support for the January 6th demonstrators who have been incarcerated and are facing a variety of charges.
A heavy police presence – officers in riot gear, plain clothes police, law enforcement on bikes and horses – awaited the crowd. Also there were counterprotesters, who carried homemade signs – one read loser which was a reference to Donald Trump, its carrier said – and ‘Black Lives Matter’ flags. One small group stood on a street corner, blaring the song ‘FTD (F*** Donald Trump).’
Police broke up shouting matches between the two groups, moving people apart before fights could break out. There were no reports of violence amid fears the day could turn into another insurrection. One man with a knife was arrested on a weapons violation charge.
…Nearly 700 people were anticipated to attend the rally. Instead there appeared to be a few hundred people.
U.S. Capitol Police said there were ‘approximately 400 to 450 people were inside the protest area today (excluding law enforcement).’ But they did not break down how many of those were there for the rally, how many were members of the media and how many were counterprotesters.
Perhaps the greatest threat to the public peace were the counter-protesters.
Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said Friday that the primary concern was not violence at the rally itself, but the potential for violent clashes between the demonstrators and counter-protesters.
WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez said he’d seen counter-protesters mixing in with rally-goers, but “I have not seen [them] making any attempt to disrupt the event.” He added that “Some debates have broken out, some quite heated. But personally I have not seen any direct confrontation” between any combination of protesters, counter-protesters and the police.
Duffy reported Saturday from the Capitol that there was “a brief interaction between counter-protesters and those leaving the rally heading north from here, but they broke that up pretty quickly.”
There are several media takes that are hilarious. To begin with, most Trump-supporters and independent conservatives understood that this rally had the potential for entrapment by federal agent “infiltrators.” Therefore, those of us who read “alternative media” expected very small crowds, but according to the mainstream media, “Justice for J6” rally draws smaller than expected crowds at U.S. Capitol.
The reporters’ disappointment is palpable.
Citizens filming the event noted that it appeared that Capitol Police may have ended up arresting an undercover agent.
The man showed a badge which prompted the Capitol Police to ask if he’s “undercover”. The man shook his head “no” and was asked if he’s part of the event, to which he said “I’m just here.”
I don’t know how they knew he had a firearm or why he was searched. But I’m guessing someone in the crowd ratted on him because they suspect the crowd is littered with undercover officers. The fact that was the first question asked by the Capitol Police tells me they’re well aware of the officers present.
There’s no way he was going to say “yes, I’m undercover” with people and members of the media listening in.
The social media takes were hilarious.
“Stand down, we got our crew infiltrating the crowd.” “What crowd sarge? I can clearly see our guys in those matching shorts, watches, glasses, shirts. Hey guys!” https://t.co/lhIRngMcWI
— Kaitain 🇺🇸 (@Kaitain_US) September 18, 2021
— Ross Elder (@RossElderWrites) September 18, 2021
Pockets bulging with nothing in them
The same digital watch (non apple)
All black sunglasses
Dude still wearing his dress socks
Well groomed short faded haircuts
Suspiciously watching someone record them in a group
This is a piece of art https://t.co/PqRLuHlKHK
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) September 18, 2021
— Booger (@PFC_Booger) September 18, 2021
— Nick Searcy, INSURRECTIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) September 18, 2021
— Erich with an “h” 🇺🇸 (@ErichinATL) September 18, 2021
When you order your insurrection from Wish pic.twitter.com/RGbiLNVD9a
— Dr Strangetweet or How I learned to love the RT (@lone_rides) September 18, 2021
I have to say, this is the most fun I have had at a rally I didn’t attend.
I cannot wait to see what next week brings for the Biden administration, since “Insurrection 2.0” was clearly a bust.DONATE
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