The REAL False Flag Operation, Part 1
NOTE TO THE READER: This is another topical blog post that gotten to be so long in content and scope, that as a courtesy to the reader I have split up into a series of posts. It concerns a topic now of interest to the new conspiracy-crowd that is the Religious Right, who has now as a late-comer embraced this viewpoint after introduction to the conspiracy-minded “don’t believe your eyes or the establishment” perspective from their extremist hard-right Christian and other Christian media outlets, both large and small, “mainstream” and small-time fringe blogs, podcasts, Facebook posts and tweets. Through this they have become versed into the old conspiracy concept that has historical precedents but is now-overused and supersaturated, that of the “false flag operation,” by agents provocateur in disguise, to implicate and discredit rival ideological camps. It reviews the latest popular arguments in conservative and Religious Right professional and social media that leftist radicals actually conducted the Capitol insurrection by those otherwise-plainly identified as right wing extremists in the “patriot movement,” including the cases of violent or provocative incidents in the years leading up to it. It explores the arguments popularly disseminated to date, who are the main figures formulating and dispensing these narratives, what are their histories, track records and possible motives for such, the extent of their accuracy or inaccuracy, and the appearances of a REAL “false flag” narrative being promulgated that is not what is being popularly identified in this public relations “sleight of hand.” It also painstakingly documents who the actual insurrectionists and inciters were in these events, based upon hard evidence of video and photo documentation, self-incriminating posts and writing, announcements of planned operations prior to the event, law enforcement investigations and legal filing and pleas, and statements by top government officials who admitted their intentions to incite, or were eyewitnesses to the culprits and the events. In this introductory Part 1, we begin by summarizing the key events and timelines of the pivotal day of the Capitol insurrection, how President Trump set the stage (including literally) to prepare the people for war beforehand (with the help of violent militia groups and others online), bring the people to Washington at the very hour of the election certification, and provoke them into the seditious mob and combination vandal gang and lynch mob, and identify a few initial figures that have come from obscurity to experience a meteoric rise in the national media in capitalizing on the dark and disturbing latent impulses now seething in the American public that they have exploited for immediate profit and future agendas of even higher ambition.
In the wake of the seditious Capitol insurrection on January 6, in which the attendees merely followed the commands of the Republican, conservative and “Christian” leaders at the nearby “Stop the Steal” rally minutes before to “fight like hell,” as President Trump told them to stop the lawful and normal Constitutional process of congressional acknowledgement of the electoral college certification of the election, or as Rudy Guiliani said there, telling the audience clad in body armor, camouflage, helmets and brandishing pikes, battering rams and stun guns to publicly begin the phase of “trial by combat” (to the cheers of the crowd), or Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks stated, who defines himself as a fine Southern gentleman who doesn’t even drink, who wisely and circumspectly told the openly armed attendees with “Camp Aushwitz” shirts and Odin tattoos and battle gear standing before him to “start kicking ass” minutes before the barbarian rampage on the seat of government, and subsequent vandalism and widespread manslaughter of the outnumbered law enforcement. The keynote speaker and messianic figure who drew the thousands there to be willing to commit acts of violence and murder and maybe sacrifice their own lives or freedom to come from across the nation and their white supremacist strongholds, Klaverns, compounds or churches, the recently defeated but ultimate “sore loser” Donald Trump, told the powder-keg audience of enraged nativists (“Christian” and Odin-worshippers both in unity) already “on the edge” that
…And Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn’t, that will be a, a sad day for our country because you’re sworn to uphold our Constitution. Now, it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. And after this, we’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down, we’re going to walk down. Anyone you want, but I think right here, we’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated.
At the end of his normally rambling, long speech of scattershot grievances, he concludes, as if to make sure the audience understands the purpose of this gathering and its agenda, that “…we fight. We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore…So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.” And then, exhibiting his typical bravery of being in the “line of fire” on behalf of his spellbound followers who would give their lives for him (much as he implored them to “patriotically” avoid wearing masks during the worst throes of the pandemic to show their loyalty to him, while anyone near him had to be carefully screened for the disease before near contact with him, and as his rally attendees had to accept waivers with their tickets to not sue the Trump campaign for contracting COVID under his “no mask” -expected event culture), media cameras showed that immediately after the speech – after the assembled mob followed orders to march on the Capitol right behind their fearless leader – Trump discretely slipped down back behind the stage, and into the security of his armored limousine and Secret Service to be quickly whisked away to the secure Oval Office, to watch the “entertainment” of his loyal followers bludgeoning law enforcement, killing and maiming and getting maimed themselves in life-threatening violence, as he comfortably watched the “spectacle.” As word came out that Mike Pence was being hunted within the halls of the Capitol, with a real gallows set outside that they said was earmarked for him, Nancy Pelosi and others (with Pence just missed by a few feet and seconds by the armed mob), when Trump received word and was asked by Republican leaders and staff to urgently intervene to spare Pence’s life (even though he stayed within Constitutional boundaries and did not attempt to interfere with the legal certification process), Trump sent out a broad tweet roughly 90 minutes after the beginning of the assault (2:23 PM EST) “calming” the situation of ongoing mortal combat by saying publicly to his followers there and the rest of the world that
Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!
Hours went by, as roughly 150 policemen were brutally beaten and five people were eventually killed (four of them officers) as the Capitol was ransacked, and a couple Congressional security agents barricaded the House chambers with Congressmen huddled in the balcony, firing their weapons as the mob attempted to break through, as they had already done in overtaking the Senate chambers. The acting chief of the Capitol police told Congress in testimony on Feb. 25 that their latest estimates were that over 10,000 people had invaded the Capitol grounds past police barricades in the riot, and over 800 of the insurrectionists actually entered the limited confines of the Capitol building itself, of which over 250 of the seditionists had been identified (either from their photo and video recognition and correlation to past profiles of right-wing extremist group affiliation, or simply bragging of and documenting their exploits on their own social media), to the point of already having been charged in court. During these fateful minutes when the lives of so many congressmen, the handful of policemen and the enraged mob hung in the balance, no one could get President Trump, the one man who could stop the blood-letting and potential massacre, from intervening, or from even being unglued from his television set, including interventions by his own staff and senior Republican figures, and reassessing his refraining from sending the National Guard to rescue the overwhelmed and doomed Capitol police. The Business Insider and many other media outlets reported that even Republican House Minority leader McCarthy, one of Trump’s biggest supporters and enforcers of his agenda, tried to plead with Trump and found him incredulous:
…former President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had a testy phone call on January 6 as rioters overtook the Capitol. During the call, McCarthy pleaded for Trump to call off the mob, describing to him that rioters were breaking through his office’s windows. According to CNN, McCarthy told Trump that his supporters were leading the charge. “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump said, according to lawmakers who told CNN that they were briefed on the call by McCarthy. McCarthy reportedly snapped at the former president and told Trump, “Who the f— do you think you are talking to?” according to a Republican lawmaker who spoke with CNN. CNN cited conversations with several Republican lawmakers who were briefed on the call, including GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler issued a statement on Friday night confirming that McCarthy briefed her on the call...On January 13, McCarthy spoke on the House floor and said that Trump “bears responsibility” for the attack on the Capitol. McCarthy visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago in late January, where they discussed plans for the GOP to regain control of the House in 2022. (!)
Trump himself knew “something special” would be occurring on January 6; Reuters reported that on December 20 Trump was tweeting that ““Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” What did President Trump think would be “wild” – all the prayers of the Christians at their rally there that day as well? They also note that Trump later was prodded to take his “strong stand” against the violent mob as the hundreds of injured police and others were being tended to, saying via an impromptu video released hours later publicly and addressed to the white supremacists and others (who bashed in the heads of law enforcement and sought Vice President Pence and congressmen to hang) that “I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election…,” and they add that “He posted another message that called the mob ‘great patriots’ who were reacting to an election victory ‘viciously stripped away.’ Twitter later hid three tweets and locked Trump’s account.”
Other close devoted aides and advisors desperately attempted to get him to intervene as well; Politico reported that “Alyssa Farah, Trump’s former White House communications director urged him on Wednesday afternoon to ‘condemn’ his supporters who stormed the Capitol amid congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. ‘Condemn this now, @realDonaldTrump — you are the only one they will listen to. For our country!’ Farah wrote on Twitter. ‘Dear MAGA- I am one of you. Before I worked for @realDonaldTrump, I worked for @MarkMeadows & @Jim_Jordan & the @freedomcaucus,’ she added later Wednesday in another post to Twitter. ‘I marched in the 2010 Tea Party rallies. I campaigned w/ Trump & voted for him. But I need you to hear me: the Election was NOT stolen. We lost’. ” They also note that Trump’s hand-picked former homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, “called Wednesday’s insurrection ‘un-American’ — and pointed the finger directly at the man in the Oval Office. ‘The President undermined American democracy baselessly for months,’ Bossert tweeted. ‘As a result, he’s culpable for this siege, and an utter disgrace. Despite of him, not because of him, police will regain control and prosecute those involved’.”
Trump’s apologists later argued that Trump had “no idea” that the crowd of armed, military-wearing screaming rally attendees would actually LITERALLY “fight like hell” and “stop the steal” LITERALLY, with the meeting hailed in advance as an attempt to stop the congressional certification process that was underway (what he said would be “wild”) the very hour the rally was scheduled, as Trump publicly directed them to go down to the certification site itself at the time of certification to apply intimidating pressure of aggression to the elected officials. Their rapid denouncement of Trump and his culpability quickly vanished as soon as they saw that Republican support for Trump (particularly evangelicals, who are his primary apologists) had only become galvanized in support of Trump and in ignoring the plunder, death and terror brought on by these Holocaust denying, Odin worshipping, white supremacy and anarchy ideology-clad bezerkers – along with a bunch of “Jesus Saves” and similar “Christian” banner carriers allied alongside them, to be fair – as they brutally vandalized and hunted elected officials to lynch down the halls of the Capitol. After the smoke cleared (literally), Yahoo News and others were reporting that
Donald Trump’s incendiary speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 has been replayed and dissected endlessly on news broadcasts, and so has footage of the ensuing riot and invasion of the Capitol. But a new video released Monday seeks to connect the two events, intercutting the then president’s words with recordings of the crowd, soon to become a mob, cheering him on and chanting encouragement to “storm the Capitol.” The compilation, much of it from the now suspended right-wing social media site Parler, was produced by Just Security, an online national-security forum and think tank based at the New York University School of Law. The 10-minute video begins with a woman, identified as Jennifer Ryan, on her way to the rally, calling the day “a prelude to the war that’s about to happen.” “We’re here to take our country back,” she says. “There’s more of us than there are of them…We fight. We fight like hell,” he added. “And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” From the crowd came shouts of “storm the Capitol,” “invade the Capitol building” and “take the Capitol” as he spoke. Others could be heard mimicking Trump, chanting, “Fight like hell!” Hundreds of them did just that…“The video contains strong evidence that Trump did incite the insurrection, regardless of whether that was his intent,” Paul Butler, former federal prosecutor with the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department, told Just Security. “The rioter’s words ‘we were invited here’ were exactly right, and the refrain ‘fight for Trump’ was directly responsive to Trump’s demand. In criminal law, we would say this video proves the act but perhaps not the mental state — that Trump intended to cause the insurrection or knew it would happen as a result of his words.”
The Washington Post added more details about the Trump-loyal Republicans trying to urgently clarify to the President at the time of crisis that it was his followers doing the assault, and only he could intervene to save lives:
Hiding from the rioters in a secret location away from the Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) appealed to Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) phoned Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter. And Kellyanne Conway, a longtime Trump confidante and former White House senior adviser, called an aide who she knew was standing at the president’s side. But as senators and House members trapped inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday begged for immediate help during the siege, they struggled to get through to the president, who — safely ensconced in the West Wing — was too busy watching fiery TV images of the crisis unfolding around them to act or even bother to hear their pleas. “He was hard to reach, and you know why? Because it was live TV,” said one close Trump adviser. “If it’s TiVo, he just hits pause and takes the calls. If it’s live TV, he watches it, and he was just watching it all unfold.” Even as he did so, Trump did not move to act. And the message from those around him — that he needed to call off the angry mob he had egged on just hours earlier, or lives could be lost — was one to which he was not initially receptive. “It took him awhile to appreciate the gravity of the situation,” Graham said in an interview. “The president saw these people as allies in his journey and sympathetic to the idea that the election was stolen.”
Before the president’s remarks around noon, several of his family members addressed the crowd with speeches that all shared a central theme: Fight. Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, told the crowd that lawmakers needed to “show some fight” and “stand up,” before urging the angry mass to “march on the Capitol today.” Donald Trump Jr., another of the president’s sons, exhorted all “red-blooded, patriotic Americans” to “fight for Trump”… [during the siege] Conway immediately called a close personal aide who she knew was with the president, and said she was adding her name to the chorus of people urging Trump to speak to his supporters. He needed to tell them to stand down and leave the Capitol, she told the aide. Conway also told the aide that she had received calls from the D.C. mayor’s office asking for help in getting Trump to call up the National Guard. Ivanka Trump had gone to the Oval Office as soon as the riot became clear, and Graham reached her on her cellphone and implored her for help. “They were all trying to get him to speak out, to tell everyone to leave,” said Graham, referring to the small group of aides with Trump on Wednesday afternoon. Several Republican members of Congress also called White House aides, begging them to get Trump’s attention and have him call for the violence to end. The lawmakers reiterated that they had been loyal Trump supporters and were even willing to vote against the electoral college results — but were now scared for their lives, officials said.
…the vice president fielded calls from congressional leaders furious that the National Guard had not yet been deployed, this official said. Pence, from his secret location in the Capitol, spoke with legislative and military leaders, working to mobilize the soldiers and offering reassurance. Even as his supporters at the Capitol chanted for Pence to be hanged, Trump never called the vice president to check on him or his family. Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, eventually called the White House to let them know that Pence and his team were okay, after receiving no outreach from the president or anyone else in the White House. Meanwhile, in the West Wing, a small group of aides — including Ivanka Trump, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Meadows — was imploring Trump to speak out against the violence. Meadows’s staff had prompted him to go see the president, with one aide telling the chief of staff before he entered the Oval Office, “They are going to kill people.” Shortly after 2:30 p.m., the group finally persuaded Trump to send a tweet: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” he wrote. “They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” But the Twitter missive was insufficient, and the president had not wanted to include the final instruction to “stay peaceful,” according to one person familiar with the discussions.
McCarthy did eventually reach Trump, but later told allies that he found the president distracted. So McCarthy repeatedly appeared on television to describe the mayhem, an adviser said, in an effort to explain just how dire the situation was. McCarthy also called Kushner, who that afternoon was arriving back from a trip to the Middle East. The Secret Service originally warned Kushner that it was unsafe to venture downtown to the White House. McCarthy pleaded with him to persuade Trump to issue a statement for his supporters to leave the Capitol, saying he’d had no luck during his own conversation with Trump, the adviser said. So Kushner headed to the White House. At one point, Trump worried that the unruly group was frightening GOP lawmakers from doing his bidding and objecting to the election results, an official said. National security adviser Robert C. O’Brien also began calling members of Congress to ask how he could help. He called Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) around 4 p.m., a Lee spokesman said. In an unlikely twist, Lee had heard from the president earlier — when he accidentally dialed the senator in a bid to reach Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) to discuss overturning the election. Others were still having trouble getting through to the White House. Speaking on ABC News shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Chris Christie, a GOP former governor of New Jersey, said he’d spent the last 25 minutes trying to reach Trump directly to convey a simple, if urgent, message. “The president caused this protest to occur; he’s the only one who can make it stop,” Christie said. “The president has to come out and tell his supporters to leave the Capitol grounds and to allow the Congress to do their business peacefully. And anything short of that is an abdication of his responsibility.”
Trump aides did three takes of the video and chose the most palatable option — despite some West Wing consternation that the president had called the violent protesters “very special.” “This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people,” Trump said in the video, released shortly after 4 p.m. “We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel”…At 6:01 p.m., Trump blasted out yet another tweet, which Twitter quickly deleted and which many in his orbit were particularly furious about, fearing he was further inflaming the still-tense situation. “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” Trump wrote. “Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”
Days afterwards, according to The Hill, Republican Senator Ben Sasse was reporting on conservative talk radio that he heard from senior White House officials that President Trump was “delighted” to hear that his supporters were breaking into the Capitol building in a riot Wednesday that turned deadly. They write that, “As this was unfolding on television, Donald Trump was walking around the White House confused about why other people on his team weren’t as excited as he was as you had rioters pushing against Capitol Police trying to get into the building,” Sasse told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt in an interview. “That was happening. He was delighted.” “I’m sure you’ve also had conversations with other senior White House officials, as I have,” Sasse told Hewitt.
Regarding who actually finally authorized National Guard to belatedly rescue the imperiled Capitol police and push back the violent mob hunting the congressmen whose actions they politically opposed (to hang or otherwise assault them), it was reported that “Public statements by acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and other top officials suggested it was Pence who ultimately approved the decision. Miller’s statement Wednesday seems to indicate he did not even speak with Trump, discussing the matter with his deputy instead as sources told CNN the President was reluctant to even denounce the violence being carried out in his name.” Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was asked about whether Pence and not Trump finally authorized the National Guard rescuers, and he replied that “I know the vice president has been in constant contact with us and also along with security inside the Capitol, I communicated with the vice president early on. It was in regards to getting the National Guard there. He said he will call right now,” which conflicted with the narrative of Trump press secretary and loyalist Kaleigh McEnany. They add that “Miller also confirmed that he and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, spoke with Pence, not Trump, on Wednesday afternoon. He also said he was in contact with top congressional lawmakers.”
So who were the mystery people who coordinated the assault on the Capitol Building? A likely “false flag” operation by leftist saboteurs, as we have been told by conservative media? Well, the planners and masterminds of the attack are well known, and many aspects of their plans were known well in advance. Buzzfeed News reported that
The supporters of President Donald Trump who rioted in the US Capitol building on Wednesday had been openly planning for weeks on both mainstream social media and the pro-Trump internet. On forums like TheDonald, a niche website formed after Reddit banned the subreddit of the same name, they promised violence against lawmakers, police, and journalists if Congress did not reject the results of the 2020 election. In one interaction four days ago, a person on TheDonald asked, “What if Congress ignores the evidence?” “Storm the Capitol,” said one reply, which received more than 500 upvotes. “You’re f___g right we do.” On pro-Trump social media website Parler, chat app Telegram, and other corners of the the far-right internet, people discussed the Capitol Hill rally at which Trump spoke as the catalyst for a violent insurrection. They have been using those forums to plan an uprising in plain sight, one that they executed Wednesday afternoon, forcing Congress to flee its chambers as it met to certify the results of the election.
…Hundreds of extremists’ posts discussed bringing firearms in violation of Washington, DC, law. Nevertheless, people displayed weapons that they had brought with them. “All this bullshit about not bringing guns to D.C. needs to stop,” read one post from Tuesday with more than 5,000 upvotes. “This is America. F__k D.C. it’s in the Constitution. Bring your g___d___n guns.” According to Advance Democracy, a nonprofit research organization, all corners of the social web were signaling imminent violence in the days leading up to the riot. “On TheDonald, more than 50% of the top posts on January 4, 2021, about the January 6th Electoral College certification featured unmoderated calls for violence in the top five responses,” the organization found. “ARMED WITH RIFLE, HANDGUN, 2 KNIVES AND AS MUCH AMMO AS YOU CAN CARRY,” one post on the website said. This was also the case on Parler, ADI found. One account, with the name No Trump No Peace #GoTime, posted a GIF with a noose and a caption that said, “Who would you like to see ‘dispatched’ first? 1) Nancy Pelosi 2) John Roberts 3) Pence 4) other (please name) I was leaning towards Nancy, but it might have to be Pence”…Even on mainstream social media channels like Twitter and TikTok, calls for violence were easy to find…“No wonder the President said January 6 in DC was going to be wild.@LLinWood just told us many of our politicians are raping and killing children. They won’t be able to walk down the street,” a post said. Calls for violence could even be heard the night before the protests. “Tomorrow — I don’t even like to say it because I’ll be arrested — I’ll say it. Tomorrow, we need to go into the Capitol,” one man said on a livestream by white supremacist Baked Alaska, a far-right internet troll whose real name is Tim Gionet and who once briefly worked for BuzzFeed. The next day, Gionet was sitting in a Senate office, having stormed the building as part of the mob. On Facebook, a group called Red State Secession gathered nearly 8,000 members. The group sent people to a website that offered travel routes to DC and provided memes to post on social media. There was no channel that seemed more important than The Donald. “I’m thinking it will be literal war on that day,” said one commenter, according to the Daily Beast. “Where we’ll storm offices and physically remove and even kill all the D.C. traitors and reclaim the country.” A Jan. 4 post on the website featuring an image with the words “Pepe army” and “stop the steal” gathered 5,500 upvotes. “Stop the steal and execute the ‘stealers,’” the top comment read.
The day after the attack, Forbes added that one of the threats of violence on that day came from the organizer of the Stop the Steal rally itself, noting that ““We came up with the idea to occupy just outside the CAPITOL on Jan 6th,” the leaders of the Stop the Steal movement wrote on Dec. 23, with movement founder Ali Alexander telling Parler: “If D.C. escalates … so do we” (emphasis added). They also note that a graphic posted to the site [TheDonald] showed a map of key streets around Congress that protesters wanted to obstruct: “There’s 535 politicians and ~3500 guards.””
Near the end of that month, the Washington Post gave another glimpse of the kind of militant-type groups assembling nationwide to coordinate a violent assault on the Capitol on January 6, in the public forums online by self-identified people well in advance of the event:
When die-hard supporters of President Donald Trump showed up at rally point “Cowboy” in Louisville on the morning of Jan. 5, they found the shopping mall’s parking lot was closed to cars, so they assembled their 50 or so vehicles outside a nearby Kohl’s department store. Hundreds of miles away in Columbia, S.C., at a mall designated rally point “Rebel,” other Trump supporters gathered to form another caravan to Washington. A similar meetup — dubbed “Minuteman” — was planned for Springfield, Mass. That same day, FBI personnel in Norfolk were increasingly alarmed by the online conversations they were seeing, including warlike talk around the convoys headed to the nation’s capital. One map posted online described the rally points, declaring them a “MAGA Cavalry To Connect Patriot Caravans to StopTheSteal in D.C.” Another map showed the U.S. Congress, indicating tunnels connecting different parts of the complex. The map was headlined, “CREATE PERIMETER,” according to the FBI report, which was reviewed by The Washington Post. “Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in,” read one posting, according to the report. (emphasis added)
…Video and court filings, for instance, describe how several groups of men that include alleged members of the Proud Boys appear to engage in concerted action, converging on the West Front of the Capitol just before 1 p.m., near the Peace Monument at First Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Different factions of the crowd appear to coalesce, move forward and chant under the direction of different leaders before charging at startled police staffing a pedestrian gate, all in the matter of a few minutes. An indictment Friday night charged a member of the Proud Boys, Dominic Pezzola, 43, of Rochester, N.Y., with conspiracy, saying his actions showed “planning, determination, and coordination.” Another alleged member of the Proud Boys, William Pepe, 31, of Beacon, N.Y., also was charged with conspiracy. Minutes before the crowd surge, at 12:45 p.m., police received the first report of a pipe bomb behind the Republican National Committee headquarters at the opposite, southeast side of the U.S. Capitol campus. The device and another discovered shortly afterward at Democratic National Committee headquarters included end caps, wiring, timers and explosive powder, investigators have said. Some law enforcement officials have suggested the pipe bombs may have been a deliberate distraction meant to siphon law enforcement away from the Capitol building at the crucial moment. (emphasis added)
…One of the comments cited in the FBI memo declared Trump supporters should go to Washington and get “violent. Stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die.” Some had been preparing for conflict for weeks. Prosecutors say Jessica Marie Watkins — an Ohio bartender who had formed her own small, self-styled militia group and had joined Oath Keepers, according to prosecutors — began recruiting and organizing in early November for an “operation.” Days after the election, Watkins allegedly sent text messages to a number of individuals who had expressed interest in joining her group, which called itself the Ohio State Regular Militia. “I need you fighting fit by innaugeration [sic],” she told one recruit, according to court papers. The same day, she also asked a recruit to download Zello, an app that allows a cellphone to operate like a push-to-talk walkie-talkie, saying her group uses it “for operations.” In conversations later that month, Watkins allegedly spoke in apocalyptic terms about the prospect of Joe Biden’s being sworn in as president on Jan. 20. “If he is, our way of life as we know it is over. Our Republic would be over. Then it is our duty as Americans to fight, kill and die for our rights. . . . If Biden get the steal, none of us have a chance in my mind. We already have our neck in the noose. They just haven’t kicked the chair yet.”
In December, prosecutors say, Donovan Ray Crowl, a 50-year-old friend of Watkins’s, attended a training camp in North Carolina, while another friend, Thomas E. Caldwell, a 66-year-old Navy veteran from Berryville, Va., booked a room at an Arlington hotel, where Watkins also had a reservation for the days surrounding the Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally. Prosecutors say Caldwell had written earlier to Watkins that “I believe we will have to get violent to stop this, especially the antifa maggots who are sure to come out en masse even if we get the Prez for 4 more years.” In the week leading up to the rally and riot, Watkins and Caldwell were in regular contact as they talked about various groups of people meeting up on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, according to an indictment filed this past week against them…Caldwell replied that he was speaking to another person who expected a bus with 40 people to come from North Carolina. Caldwell allegedly told her that person, identified only as “Paul” in other court papers, “is committed to being the quick reaction force [and] bringing the tools if something goes to hell. That way the boys don’t have to try to schlep weps on the bus” — an apparent reference to weapons… Videos from the Capitol show Oath Keepers such as Watkins dressed in military-type gear, moving in coordination with Crowl through the crowds around the building. Watkins used the walkie-talkie app to tell others she was part of a group of about 30 to 40 people who are “sticking together and sticking to the plan,” according to court documents and as first publicly reported by WNYC podcast “On the Media.” Caldwell, for his part, posted images to Facebook, writing: “Us storming the castle. Please share. Sharon is right with me. I am such an instigator!” (emphasis added)
…In a phone interview this month, Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers…said the only “mission” the Oath Keepers had organized to undertake in D.C. on Jan. 6 was dignitary protection for far-right personalities who had traveled to the city to participate in “Stop the Steal” events. At the time of the riot, Rhodes said, he had just escorted one of the VIPs to a nearby hotel. Rhodes said one of his deputies “called and said, ‘People are storming the Capitol.’ I walked back over and found” fellow Oath Keepers, Rhodes said, but did not enter the building. Rhodes disavowed any meaningful connection to Caldwell or Crowl. Rhodes said Watkins had played an important part in the group’s mobilization in opposition to demonstrations around police abuse in Louisville last year…“Historically, within the right-wing extremist movements, leadership has produced rhetoric to spin up their members, increase radicalization and recruitment, and then stand back and let small cells or individual lone offenders follow through on that rhetoric with violent action,” said Thomas O’Connor, a former FBI agent who spent decades investigating domestic terrorists. “Domestic terrorism actually developed the leaderless resistance concept, taking the potential blame away from the leadership and putting it down into small groups or individuals, and I think that is what you’re starting to see here”…Colin Clarke, a domestic terrorism expert at the Soufan Group, said the Jan. 6 attack represents a “proof of concept” for dangerous extremists. “They talk about things like this in a lot of their propaganda, and the fact that the Capitol Police allowed this to happen, you can call it a security breach, or intelligence failure, but these people do not look at this as a failure, they look at it as an overwhelming success, and one that will inspire others for years.” (emphasis added)
Right-wing militia movement leaders like Rhodes, a Yale Law School graduate, former U.S. Army paratrooper, and former staffer for Republican Congressman Ron Paul, who in 2015 was disbarred by the Montana Supreme Court for conduct violating the Montana Rules of Professional Conduct, now leading a militia group of what they claim to be 30,000 ex- or current military and police officers, learned well from their experience in senior military, political and government positions of the concept of “plausible deniability,” and riling up the rabid followers and “patsys” (like a Lee Harvey Oswald) to “take the fall” in accomplishing their agendas – which is why they may admire Trump in his ability to obtain similar messianic devotion from the peasantry to take extreme actions and positions even against their own best interests but rather for Trump and his elite friends. It is also ironic, and probably essential on a subconscious, Freudian “id” level, that these meetup groups – planning to “fight to their deaths” for Trump if need be – were labeled “Cowboy,” “Rebel” and “Minuteman;” three of the most profound archetypes of deep meaning and symbolism to hard-right working-class citizenry of American heritage that gives license to the flesh-satisfying use of violence for so-called “sacred” causes to keep cultural outsiders and “savages” from “raping their women,” and worst yet, diluting their “superior,” “elect” Anglo-Saxon culture with notions of pluralism, diversity, democracy, mutual cross-fertilization and appreciation of different cultures, and the new ideas and deeper appreciation of others that comes with it, as well as accepting responsibilities to others across the ocean, or those of different cultures and even skin types or ethnic features on their own continent, which these three archetypes represent to some degree.
On an archived copy of the web page of the rally organizer, “The March to Save America” (which was evidently disabled after the rally/coup attempt), announces the “rally” on January 6 by saying that “Join President Donald J. Trump outside the White House on January 6,” and knowing that the crowd will be dominated by militant mask and vaccine resisters (against the New World Order and Illuminati, of course), such resistance further encouraged by the speakers that consider COVID an overblown conspiracy like Dr. Simone Gold, of course requires the following waiver of COVID liability by the organizers of what they privately know is a real threat, signed as a requirement for attendance:
“By registering for this event, you understand and expressly acknowledge that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In attending the event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and waive, release, and discharge the host venue; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers from any and all liability under any theory, whether in negligence or otherwise, for any illness or injury. I accept the above COVID-19 disclaimer.”
After the rally and speakers near the white House, they note that “At 1:00 PM, we protest at US Capitol.” They add that “On January 6, 2021, millions of Americans will descend upon Washington DC to let the establishment know we will fight back against this fraudulent election. Take a stand with President Trump and the #StopTheSteal coalition… The fate of our nation depends on it. At 1:00 PM, we will march to the US Capitol building to protest the certification of the Electoral College.” They note that “Participating in the March to Save America” included groups like “WildProtest.com,” “Phyllis Schlafly Eagle Fund,” “Tea Party Patriots” and, more than ironic given the deadly lawless mob action attempting to impale, gas and bludgeon police officers and vandalize and plunder the iconic Capitol spurred on by it, also included the groups “Peaceably Gather” and “Rule of Law Defense Fund.” Another sponsor of the rally/coup, “Turning Point,” as judged from its website, is “a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote freedom,” and is a “STUDENT MOVEMENT FOR FREEDOM ON OVER 2,000 CAMPUSES.” It is a splashy website with a lot of business going on everywhere and “in your face” images, evidently meant to attract young people, and promote activism, with a “live stream,” podcast and such. It offers a helpful “Professor Watchlist,” and features a tickertape-style “Trending Topics” including “Big Government Sucks,” “Cancel Culture,” “Woke Culture,” “Hypocrisy,” “Military,” “Riots,” “Capitalism,” “Gun Control,” “Leftist,” “Marxism,” “Regressive Left,” “Antifa,” “Black Lives Matter,” “COVID-19,” “Socialism Sucks,” and the like. It offers services to “Buy Coffee for Cops,” and shows big neon signs saying, “Big Gov Sucks.” It features wonderful shirts like the word “COEXIST,” made out of guns, ammunition and a gun sight. The bottom of the page says it was “founded by Charlie Kirk.”
Charlie Kirk is a twenty-something conservative talk show host, with the fifth-most followed Twitter account and the founder of Turning Point USA. He has had a similar path to the malevolent Stephen Miller, by being famous as a conservative high school activist in an essay on liberal bias in textbooks being featured on Breitbart, and later Fox News Business. He provided the pro-big business message and anti-poor assistance mindset that draws big-business and wealth class money to underwrite his message as their mouthpiece, executing this well-worn path to prosperity via the wealth of billionaire investor Foster Friess after the 2012 Republican Convention (the cowboy hat-wearing Wyoming resident is known for being a major funder of Islamophobia organizations like Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy (saying on the website of Turning Point (where he is on its Advisory Council) regarding Islam that it “is this threat to our western way of life is more powerful than Nazism or even Communism ever was in the 1900s,” and suggesting his “born-again” experience paying off by it subsequently having his financial “firm grow to a $15 billion portfolio”), and stating in the public media that the most proper contraception for women is to “put an aspirin between their knees“).
Forbes reported in December 2020 that President Trump was placing young Kirk (who had never graduated from any college) on a “commission [that] would promote ‘patriotic education’ and a ‘pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about our nation’s great history,’ rather than what he called ‘left-wing indoctrination’ in schools”; they also note Kirk’s assertion of the “rigged election” and that “the science around masks is very questionable, very questionable.” In December 2020 Vanity Fair reported about “the pro–Trump youth group Turning Point USA’s year-end gala, kicking off Friday night at Mar-a-Lago, and its annual Student Action Summit,” with 5,000 students expected, with “Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Matt Gaetz, Donald Trump Jr.” as speakers, and autograph signing by Rudy Giuliani. They pointed out the minimal COVID protections planned for the expected-rowdy party crowd, noting that, “Do not force me to wear a mask, it’s that simple. I’m not gonna do it, I’m not,” Kirk said during a rant on his podcast in July. “Every single time I go into one of these grocery stores, ‘Where’s your mask?’ I say, well first of all, the science around masks is very questionable, very questionable”…Kirk made the comments just days prior to the death of Turning Point’s other cofounder, Bill Montgomery, due to complications from COVID-19.
The non-profit watchdog Pro Publica (whom I routinely use to gather IRS data on non-profit organizations and their boards and donors) reported that “The conservative star [26-year-old Kirk] dines with the president at Mar-a-Lago and rang in the new year there. During each of the last two winters, he used the club to hold a formal fundraiser for his nonprofit, Turning Point USA, that featured Donald Trump Jr.,” and that “its revenue has ballooned, reaching $28 million, a sevenfold increase in four years. But behind the scenes, Turning Point USA has entered into questionable financial arrangements, particularly involving Kirk’s mentor, William Montgomery, the lesser-known co-founder who is credited with discovering Kirk.” They add that “The nonprofit has also made misleading assertions about its finances to state and federal regulators, according to interviews and an examination of tax and business records…the accounting firm Turning Point uses has engaged in multiple business relationships with Montgomery, who for years served as the nonprofit’s treasurer.” They add that “Turning Point was founded in 2012 by Kirk, then 18, and Montgomery, who invested in the young activist after hearing him speak at a small college in the state. At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Kirk met Trump Jr. and would soon accompany him on the road as an assistant. As Turning Point has thrived, Kirk’s salary has grown from $27,000 to nearly $300,000, and he no longer lives with his parents — last May he bought a $855,000 two-bedroom, two-bathroom oceanfront condo in Longboat Key, Florida, county property records show.” They write that “Turning Point amplifies White House messaging by regularly tweeting memes and one-liners supportive of Trump administration policies or politics to hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers, and it retweets similar messages sent by Kirk, who is followed by nearly 2 million people. Meanwhile, Kirk’s and the group’s tweets are often retweeted by the president, promoting the young leader’s incendiary statements to more than 82 million followers, including his description of COVID-19 as the ‘China virus’.” They add that “Turning Point says it now has “a presence” on more than 2,000 campuses, 272 employees and an affiliated nonprofit largely focused on supporting Trump. Yet as the organization has expanded, it has on occasion been the center of controversy.”
In April 2020 the New York Times provided a more in-depth profile of Kirk and the “method” to his “madness,” and in particular how he has used the COVID crisis to to express seeds of doubt of the government and educated specialist experts, in wooing the support, resources and access of being a devotee of the Trump personality cult:
Shortly before midnight on Friday, and just hours after he had taken to Twitter to encourage Americans to “liberate” three Democratic-governed states from stay-at-home orders, President Trump reopened his Twitter app and went on another brief tear. He retweeted 11 posts by Charlie Kirk, a young right-wing provocateur with ties to the Trump family and a social media presence that attracts far more attention than some mainstream news organizations…One tweet accused the World Health Organization of covering up the coronavirus outbreak, and upbraided Democrats for opposing the president’s decision to cut the group’s funding. Another claimed Democrats were appeasing Beijing and not doing enough to help Americans left jobless by the pandemic. A few covered some of the president’s longstanding grievances, such as the conviction of Roger Stone and claims of voter fraud. A well-worn conspiracy theory about Hunter Biden’s dealings with China even made an appearance. Never mind that the W.H.O. — which Mr. Kirk called “the Wuhan Health Organization,” after the city where the pandemic began — issued warnings about the virus early and often, and that a number of the other tweets similarly misconstrued facts. Mr. Kirk doesn’t always let facts get in the way of scoring points, and in recent months he has been among the louder voices stoking conservative skepticism of the threat posed by Covid-19 and using the pandemic as political cudgel. In fact, Mr. Trump first introduced his more than 77 million Twitter followers to the phrase “China Virus” in a retweet of a post by Mr. Kirk on March 10 that linked two Trumpian obsessions: China and the border wall. “Now more than ever, we need the wall. With China Virus spreading across the globe, the U.S. stands a chance if we can control our borders,” Mr. Kirk wrote.
Mixing, matching and twisting facts, Mr. Kirk has come to exemplify a new breed of political agitator that has flourished since the 2016 election by walking the line between mainstream conservative opinion and outright disinformation. It is a style that often seems modeled on that of Mr. Trump himself. Backed by prominent Republican donors, and with a powerful ally in the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., Mr. Kirk both amplifies the president’s message and helps shape it. The president, in turn, has boosted Mr. Kirk’s reach, helping him secure a spot in the regular rotation of pundits who appear on mainstream conservative outlets like Fox News and bring his views to an even wider audience…In his zeal, Mr. Kirk even managed to get himself briefly banned from Twitter in late March, claiming that the drug hydroxychloroquine had proved “100% effective” in treating the virus (it has not), and that Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, had threatened doctors who tried to use it (she had not). Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, followed suit in his own tweet, directly quoting Mr. Kirk and getting his own account suspended…Mr. Kirk was an early and eager voice for reopening the economy, and last week urged on protesters who took to the streets in Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio. He spent the days leading up to Easter arguing that social-distancing prohibitions against church services were part of a Democratic plot against Christianity.
…it was at the [2016 Republican] convention that Mr. Kirk, like much of the Republican Party, began falling in line. And it was there he first met Donald Trump Jr. Sensing an opportunity, Mr. Kirk offered to help bolster his standing with young conservatives. He then essentially trailed the younger Mr. Trump in the final months of the campaign, ingratiating himself with the family. “I traveled the country for about 70 days straight carrying Donald Trump Jr.’s bags and getting his Diet Cokes,” Mr. Kirk told the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh in February 2019. “Helping book flights and taking pictures and coordinating media, essentially being the youth director of the campaign and also being Don Jr.’s body man.” The relationship has proved mutually beneficial as both men have constructed careers around the idea that left-wing culture has victimized and silenced conservatives. Mr. Kirk has used his Trump connections to raise Turning Point’s profile, and his own. Mr. Trump has used speaking engagements with Turning Point to burnish his own conservative bona fides. The relationship had other benefits, too. Last fall, Turning Point purchased about 2,000 copies of Mr. Trump’s book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,” helping push it up best-seller lists. The guests on Mr. Kirk’s podcast provide a useful measure of his influence: They have included Mark Meadows, the former congressman and now White House chief of staff, Senator Rick Scott of Florida, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and other leading Republicans. His allies credit his ability to tap into anger and frustration felt by conservatives and turn that into messaging. Fox News stars like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson may attract more attention from the political and media establishments. But Mr. Kirk boasts an equally impressive reach, albeit among a far-younger audience — an important political quarry for the president…Mr. Kirk speaks often at college events; his group has secretly funneled money into student government elections and maintains what it calls a “Professor Watchlist” of teachers who, it alleges, discriminate against conservatives or advance left-wing propaganda.
But Mr. Kirk’s combative style truly thrives on social media. In the final two weeks of March, for instance, his Twitter posts about the coronavirus garnered far more “engagements” — a combination of likes, retweets, comments and other interactions — than those of mainstream news organizations like The New York Times and CNN. Conservative outlets like The Daily Caller have not even come close to matching Mr. Kirk’s level of engagement. In that time, Mr. Kirk has…claimed falsely that officials in Portland, Ore., where a handful of businesses were vandalized after the state issued a stay-at-home order, were releasing dangerous inmates from prisons and ordering the police to stop making arrests. “Democrat logic,” he said, was responsible for vandals “smashing windows & destroying businesses.” And then, of course, there was his “China virus” tweet…the president had not used the phrase in public until he retweeted Mr. Kirk.
[After the founding of Turning Point when he was eighteen], over the next few years, as Mr. Kirk began making regular appearances on Fox News, Turning Point’s profile grew, attracting tens of millions of dollars from the Republican establishment. Though Turning Point is not required to disclose its financial backers, its roster of heavyweight conservative donors includes Foster Friess, an evangelical Christian businessman who provided the first big injection of cash; the foundation run by Bernard Marcus, co-founder of the Home Depot; and the foundation started by Richard and Helen DeVos, the in-laws of Betsy Devos, the education secretary. Its board members include Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Turning Point has also drawn controversy. A number of staff members have been fired for making racist and anti-Semitic comments, and the group has attracted support from white nationalists.
The Atlantic foresaw his rise as a 21-year-old as far back as March 2015, beginning to forge a message digestible for high-schoolers at an ideal time for his fateful intersection with the unexpected rise of the Trump campaign and movement. They write that
The first time Bill Montgomery met Charlie Kirk, then 18 years old, he gave him advice a fresh high school grad rarely hears. “You can’t go to college!” Montgomery…recalled telling him. Montgomery was at Benedictine University, in the western Chicago suburb of Lisle, Illinois, for the college’s Youth Government Day in May 2012. The slate of speakers “put the kids”—a few hundred high school students—”to sleep,” he told National Journal. But when Kirk took the floor, the energy in the room completely changed. The kids weren’t sleeping anymore. And their attention was rapt—on Kirk…That’s the effect Kirk tends to have on people. GOP donors, strategists, and even presidential candidates are awed by his composure, his intellect, his passion for politics.
“Standing behind free markets and limited government” is what 21-year-old Kirk told the National Journal his organization and mission was about. I don’t know if Kirk knows (or cares) that concepts like “free markets” and “limited government” were popularized in the burgeoning American media, based upon and coopting the minority views of isolated, often-eccentric academics before that time (some of whom had important questions to ask of the assumptions of Keynesian economic models), that was first forged en masse by the Gilded Age and “robber baron” early eras of the Industrial Revolution to derail counter-movements such as the Social Gospel, Progressive Era and New Deal that were bringing the well-being and interests of the displaced and powerless common folk and workers into the national mission and social concern, as I document in my book published last year, Two Masters and Two Gospels, Vol. 1. It played perfectly for a teenaged but hyper-ambitious Kirk who eschewed foundational education and growth for “grabbing the brass ring” when opportunity appeared, as wealthy mentors with their own agendas found him to be a useful mouthpiece. In turn he was willing to ingratiate himself to a demagogue-styled movement he saw on the rise, and do obeisance by literally “carrying their bags” and do their bidding in untapped youth markets that would be ordinarily repelled by such a selfish message and thus serve his overlords. He did this to the point to pushing absurd ideas even he must know are groundless but which the raging natives amongst the citizenry would be susceptible to, for the material “rewards” and ego-feeding influence in response have been so great for an immature young man willing to be resolute without being distracted by contemplation or introspection on the victims of his agenda, or by taking an early phase of life to first learn about and understand the world.
The Atlantic continues by noting that, at 2015, the time of their writing – before Trump-mania had spooled up – he had “built a network of thousands of student activists around the country, and been entrusted with, he says, at least $1 million by donors enthralled by his conservative promise. His backers swear he’s the future of conservative politics—and he’s only just old enough to drink.” When asked about their claims in these early days of one million dollars in income, they write that his older partner/mentor “Montgomery balked at questions about the implausibility of such a young organization, headed by such a young executive director, raising substantial money, insisting that the group wanted to maintain Kirk’s air of ‘mystique’.” They close by quoting investment firm chief Peter Huizenga and Montgomery in 2015, writing that
“This guy has got all the qualifications that it takes to be president of the United States,” Huizenga told National Journal. In a separate interview, Montgomery agreed, saying, “That’s kind of the impression he gives people”…”Charlie is doing more in the youth movement than all of the other conservative youth organizations in the country,” Montgomery said. “He is the future of the conservative movement in my opinion.”
The Chicago Business periodical also took note of Kirk and his organization back in 2015, giving a glimpse of its type of operations. They write that
Turning Point displays at campus fairs are filled with colorful posters that cheer capitalism and boo big government. The most popular one right now spells out LOL, with the “O” styled after President Obama’s iconic campaign logo. The group’s field activists approach their duties with evangelical passion. When they reel in a curious student, out comes an electronic tablet with a questionnaire. “Where do you think the most cuts should be made in the budget?” asks one multiple-choice question. The options include defense, social programs, health care, environment, or “government itself.” The survey concludes with a place for respondents to list their name, graduation year, and e-mail address… Turning Point’s Texas field coordinator Stephanie Conway, who moved to Dallas after graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014, set up a display in the student union. Dressed in a Turning Point T-shirt that read “Big Government Sucks,” she asked passersby, “Hey, who wants to talk about the debt?”…The group’s paid workers are each supposed to make at least 1,500 student contacts per semester. About 20,000 people have attended a Turning Point event, posted on social media, or volunteered for the group’s events, Kirk says [in 2015]. Turning Point also registers voters in states that will be critical in 2016, including Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio…Turning Point’s headquarters have moved out of Kirk’s parents’ house in Wheeling and into a garage in Lemont, southwest of Chicago. (“Apple and Amway also started in garages, so we’re in really good company,” Kirk says.)
Although very young and inexperienced, and seemingly overly ambitious, Salem Communications, the mega-corporation radio juggernaut of the top conservative secular and Christian media celebrities, bypassed scores of conservative journalists with decades of seasoned, balanced and mature perspectives on the culture, in announcing in September 2020 that the twenty-something Kirk would have his own nationwide syndicated daytime radio program through them. Their press release states that “Salem Media Group is America’s leading multimedia company specializing in Christian and conservative content, with media properties comprising radio, digital media and book and newsletter publishing. Each day Salem serves a loyal and dedicated audience of listeners and readers numbering in the millions nationally…Salem provides compelling content, fresh commentary and relevant information from some of the most respected figures across the Christian and conservative media landscape.” Within the release they announce that
Salem Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SALM) announced today that Salem Radio Network has signed an agreement with Charlie Kirk to host a daily three hour talk radio program beginning Monday, October 5th. The show will air live in the Noon to 3pm ET daypart and be available to stations either live or tape delayed…Today that organization [Turning Point] has a presence on over 2,000 campuses, directly engages over 250,000 students every year, and boasts a staff of over 450 full-time and part-time employees scattered across the country, all “playing offense with a sense of urgency to win America’s culture war”…Earlier this year he wrote the book “The MAGA Doctrine: The Only Ideas that Will Win the Future” that became an Amazon #1 best seller as well as a New York Times best seller for multiple weeks. “I grew up listening to conservative talk radio, so I’m excited to bring a new generation’s voice to the medium and I’m thrilled to work with SRN to do that,” said Charlie. “It’s time to work. The country is in trouble and we have to save it.” “Rarely do we find somebody as knowledgeable and talented as Charlie Kirk as a potential talk radio host,” said Phil Boyce, Senior Vice President of the Salem Radio Network. “He wants to change the world, and I think he’s the type of talent who can actually do that…Charlie is the host of one of America’s fastest growing podcasts called “The Charlie Kirk Show,” which in little over a year has quickly become one of the top ten podcasts according to the Apple News charts… Charlie has already reached lofty elevations in social media, with over 1.8 million followers on Twitter, 1.2 million followers on Instagram, 1.4 million followers on Facebook and over 165,000 subscribers on YouTube and growing fast. Salem President of Broadcast Dave Santrella said “Salem is always at its best when we stay in our lane and provide our consumers with the content they find most appealing. Charlie Kirk falls in the very center of that bullseye.”
Of course, with the emergence of such a “hot property” in hard right circles, it was not long before Liberty University could foresee some lucrative opportunities to associate with him, particularly during the President Jerry Falwell Jr. tenure. In 2019 Liberty made the following press release announcement:
A new, national think tank was launched today by Liberty University, the private Christian University in Lynchburg, Virginia, that is dedicated to renewing and defending God-given freedoms in America and restoring Judeo-Christian-based principles in our national policies, institutions, and culture. The Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty was founded by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty University under its 501(c)(3) charter. The mission of the center will be to “equip courageous champions to proclaim the Truth of Jesus Christ, to advance His Kingdom, and renew American ideals”…The need for the Falkirk Center has grown as powerful voices and institutions are increasingly seeking to eliminate Judeo-Christian principles from American culture and society. The news media, elected officials, academic institutions and special interest groups have used their platforms to deny America’s legacy of foundational Judeo-Christian principles and replace them with the creeds of secularism, influencing upcoming generations of Americans at alarming rates [i.e., the usual lineup of suspects]. To restore Christian principles and American ideals, the Falkirk Center will use a diverse variety of advocates and media strategies to promote the core beliefs of America’s Founders in limited government, free enterprise, individual rights and liberties endowed by our Creator, and their deliberate and intentional creation of a republic and not a theocracy. The Center will operate forthrightly to engage believers and non-believers alike in pursuit of renewing Christian principles across all sectors of society in the formation of public policies and in our cultural and government institutions… Commenting on the Falkirk Center launch, co-founder Jerry Falwell, Jr. said, “As attacks on traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs grow in frequency and intensity, the need has never been greater for a national revival of our foundational principles throughout our society and institutions in America. We are delighted that Liberty University can play a part in this mission for Christ and American ideals.” Reinforcing that sentiment, co-founder Charlie Kirk added, “It’s time we went on offense to stand up for the Church in America and to actively promote American freedoms based on the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. It’s an honor to partner with President Jerry Falwell and Liberty University on this purpose-driven mission that will be used to organize an army of believers in faith and liberty, from renowned pastors to young influencers, to renew our sacred freedoms and defend our deeply held convictions.”
Of course, we all know what happened to Jerry “Pants Unzipped, Wife-Adultery Peeping Tom” Falwell, Jr. shortly after this – with evidence that was considered controversial at the time in my 2020 book, Two Masters and Two Gospels, Vol. 1, but shortly thereafter was splashed across newspapers globally. And, with their commitment to adhering to the highest standards of academic excellence as an example to a skeptical, enemy secular world of higher education, it should be self-evident that Liberty University would immediately thereafter make the following announcement at their 2019 graduation commencement about the same young Charlie Kirk that never tried really pursuing a college degree, and rather launched into full-time firebrand, bomb-throwing extremist political demagoguery straight out of high school, and the subsequent dedicated “legacy” of several years of such as a high-paid provocateur during his youth:
Liberty Online Provost Shawn Akers then conferred a Doctor of Humanities degree upon Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, “in recognition of his work and dedication to courageously promote American freedom and defend our common liberties on behalf of young students in colleges and high schools across the country and for his example and inspiration to young people everywhere of what can be achieved when faith, conviction, and hard work are put into practice.” Kirk founded Turning Point as a high school senior in 2012 and serves as its director to champion free speech, limited government, and the market economy.
I really feel sorry for the Liberty graduates who toiled many long, sleepless days and nights for many years actually earning their doctorates and assuming unappreciated positions, but after the last few years I assume they are used to feeling sorry.
I did not mean to spend so much time in this blog post focusing on Mr. Kirk, whom I really did not know when I began this piece (and it is only tangentially relevant to the main thrust of this topic), but things have a way of turning out when the research leads certain ways when writing a post – whether these unexpected revelations turn out to be providential, time will tell. I do recommend that the reader keep an eye on Charlie Kirk in the days ahead – you will hear much more about him. Will he quickly become his generation’s Rush Limbaugh, or maybe the next head of the Trump movement and eventual President? He and Donald Trump Jr. (as well as his father) have exploited each other, and with this twenty-something having garnered the in-house support of a billionaire underwriter and the major conservative talk radio network, will he merely stand in support of a son of Falwell or son-in-law to inherit the throne, or rise to be their rival, along with Stephen Miller? Honestly, I haven’t seen this type of meteoric rise to power of a teen since the likes of Damien in Omen II (of course, we’ve yet to see what’s brewing within the noggin of the silent and mysterious Barron Trump).
So – where were we in this post narrative? Ah, yes, the March to Save America, held at the very time and place that barbarians of our populace showed support for our deposed president by ransacking our seat of government and attempting to lynch its elected officials, and our review of the other sponsors and organizations participating in the event, announced far in advance. One of the sponsors, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, announces on its website that “The Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF) is the public policy organization for issues relevant to the nation’s conservative attorneys general.” Another sponsor, Peaceably Gather, appears to be concerned about not restricting the meeting conditions in any case of churches in areas in the worst throes of the pandemic (because “Local and State officials have weaponized public health to sieze [sic] your God given rights”), which itself appears to be run by the First Liberty Institute, which provides legal protections for conservatives’ favorite institutions of the churches, military and such, and announces on its website that it implores its supporters to “Join faith leaders like Franklin Graham, Dr. James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Dr. Albert Mohler, Eric Metaxas, and others who are sending this letter to Congress to end the criminalization of churches and religious organizations once and for all“(a government decree which somehow I had missed having been approved by the Congress and President). Another, the Eighty Percent Coalition, makes the simple, straightforward declaration:
To the United States Congress: YOU WORK FOR US. On January 6, 2021, do not certify this “election” which is so clearly rife with fraud. We will not allow you to turn a blind eye to the corruption any longer. Honor your oath and remember who you serve: WE THE PEOPLE. To President Trump: Do not concede. We are here to let you know that we are with you in this fight to save America!” To those who wish to destroy America. We see you! You have slapped a lion on it’s backside and that lion will not turn away in defeat. Americans are awake and YOU WILL NOT WIN! It’s time for every person who loves America, who cherishes their freedom, the Constitution, keeping elected officials accountable, and preserving everyone’s rights to stand unified. The march for Trump continues and WE MUST stand TOGETHER and FIGHT FOR AMERICA!!!
The “Stop the Steal” sponsor shows on their website that they organized similar protests in advance in states all over America, such as the “Stop the Steal” protest in Arizona, organized by Rep. Paul Gosar, and another in Wisconsin, hosted by some folks known as “Milk and Cooks,” and “The Gay Who Strayed.” One of the most interesting, however, seems to be the one related to the “wild” statement by President Trump in advance of the event, called WildProtest.com. Their website states that “TRUMP WANTS TO SEE YOU IN DC,” with an announcement of a 1 PM, Jan. 6th event at the “Capitol,” for the “Wild Protest.” Their map says to “MEET HERE” on the northeast corner of the Capitol grounds, right by where the Capitol security barriers were breached, and nowhere near where President Trump was speaking far away near the vicinity of the White House. In fact, they note Trump’s pertinent tweet saying, “Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2020.” They add that
We the People must take to the US Capitol lawn and steps and tell Congress #DoNotCertify on #JAN6! Congress cannot certify this fraudulent Electoral College. Our presence in Washington D.C. will let Members of Congress know that we stand with Rep. Mo Brooks and his colleagues in the House of Representatives who will bravely object to the certification of the Electoral College. We’re in need of at least one Senator. We’ve identified six (seven including Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville) that could join our cause. StopTheSteal.us is working closely, whipping the vote up, with patriots in the Congress.
Their “all star” speakers there included Rep. Paul Gosar, event organizer Ali Alexander, Roger Stone, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Rep. Lauren Boebert, Dr. Simone Gold (of America’s Frontline Doctors fame), “Ricky Rebel,” Lucian Wintrich, “Sabo” (?), and our buddy, the “chief prophet” Lance Wallnau. The 32-year-old Lucian Baxter Wintrich IV (shown on his Wikipedia page holding a martini glass in New York City’s Yale Club library) and originally Lucian Einhorn, evidently added his surname digits on the end fictitiously to “boost his public persona,” and is known as a correspondent of the far-right news site The Gateway Pundit, and reportedly the first member of the White House press corps to be openly gay. Evidently he appears on shows like that of Nicholas Fuentes, who doesn’t dispute his white supremacist reputation, as they discussed the genetic superiority of white people, and is also the founder of the “Twinks4Trump” photo series of shirtless, effeminate boy-men wearing MAGA hats, and referred to the survivors of the Parkland school shootings as “all trained actors who were recruited by Soros-linked organizations as spokespeople after a crisis,” in his Gateway Pundit position online. “Ricky Rebel” is a popular and flamboyant singer and dancer (known as a “glam rocker”), and proud Trump supporter in the entertainment community, LGBT activist and Fox and Friends guest. His website states that he “was invited to perform during the #DemandFreeSpeech Rally in front of the White House in Washington DC and the American Priority Festival at the Trump Doral in Miami with featured speakers including Donald Trump, Jr., and Sarah Sanders,” and “is a fashion contributor to Us Weekly, supported by MAC cosmetics and signed to Revry TV the world’s first LGBTQ streaming platform.” He has been described in the press as “The androgynous pop singer” who sings about his bisexuality in his songs like “Bos and Sometimes Girls.” These speakers spoke alongside the speaking platforms of our most LGBTQ-opposing Religious Right moral crusaders that day, united in their opposition to immigrants, non-whites and minorities of every stripe, and their human rights as reflected in the Trump administration.
There are other key, nationally-known figures involved in the events of the January 6 coup attempt, that can be documented. On February 1, The Wall Street Journal reported that
The rally in Washington’s Ellipse that preceded the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was arranged and funded by a small group including a top Trump campaign fundraiser and donor facilitated by far-right show host Alex Jones. Mr. Jones personally pledged more than $50,000 in seed money for a planned Jan. 6 event in exchange for a guaranteed “top speaking slot of his choice,” according to a funding document outlining a deal between his company and an early organizer for the event. Mr. Jones also helped arrange for Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent donor to the Trump campaign and heiress to the Publix Super Markets Inc. chain, to commit about $300,000 through a top fundraising official for former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, according to organizers. Her money paid for the lion’s share of the roughly $500,000 rally at the Ellipse where Mr. Trump spoke. Another far-right activist and leader of the “Stop the Steal” movement, Ali Alexander, helped coordinate planning with Caroline Wren, a fundraising official who was paid by the Trump campaign for much of 2020 and who was tapped by Ms. Fancelli to organize and fund an event on her behalf, organizers said. On social media, Mr. Alexander had targeted Jan. 6 as a key date for supporters to gather in Washington to contest the 2020-election certification results. The week of the rally, he tweeted a flyer for the event saying: “DC becomes FORT TRUMP starting tomorrow on my orders!”
The British Independent newspaper also added more critical details about Alex Jones’ involvement, and the “black propaganda” false narratives he tried to propagate afterwards when things went awry:
Mr. Jones explained his involvement in a video he posted from Washington DC on the day of the riots. “When I tell you this, it’s not to brag about my connection to this embattled president,” he said. “No one would book the Ellipse, no one would book the other areas. No one would pay for it. We went and paid for it.” Mr. Jones said that 80 per cent of the money used in the bookings was provided by a donor. He then claims the White House asked him to lead the march to the Capitol. In his words, the Secret Service was supposed to pull him out of the front row of Donald Trump’s speech about a half hour before it ended and move him to the march starting point. However, due to the large numbers of people who were still arriving even as Mr. Trump spoke, Mr. Jones ended up stuck between the group of people watching the president’s speech and a second group that was already marching on the Capitol building.
He then claimed – erroneously – that an army of “antifa” was there, and blamed the rioting at the Capitol on them. “And so, by the time I got out there 20 minutes, 30 minutes before Trump finished his speech there were already hundreds of thousands of people ahead of me marching. And before Trump ever took the stage, antifa, dressed up – over a hundred of them – as patriots, was there,” he said. Mr. Jones was reportedly seen later in the day, standing on top of a car near the Capitol building and shouting into a bullhorn…Mr. Jones told rally-goers at the “Million MAGA March” that Mr. Biden would be removed from office “one way or the other,” which prompted calls for the FBI and Secret Service to launch investigations. “We will never back down to the Satanic paedophile, globalist New World Order and their walking-dead reanimated corpse Joe Biden, and we will never recognize him,” Mr. Jones said during the Million MAGA March.
This is the definition of a well-financed and patronized, establishment “insider,” in service to “The Man.”
Less than a week after the coup attempt, Newsweek reported that our friend Charlie Kirk, who is also a Newsweek reporter, had said on his show that many of those who stormed the Capitol were not “insurrectionists” but merely showed “bad judgement” (even though they had to file past the bodies and blood of law enforcement officers beaten and impaled trying to enforce legal trespassing and safety protocols, and follow the armed and armored militia leaders chanting to “hang Mike Pence” and Nancy Pelosi, vandalizing the building and breaking into offices and congressional chambers along the way), but that his emphasis was misinterpreted by others. To be fair, they did note his tweet two days before the insurrection, stating that “The team at @TrumpStudents & Turning Point Action are honored to help make this happen, sending 80+ buses full of patriots to DC to fight for this president” emphasis added).
The struggle within conservative American Christianity as to its identity and future is still in flux, including within its primary denominations and flagship institutions. As an addendum, since this section was first drafted a new story emerged, first from The New York Times and then the conservative Christian ministry that serves as a watchdog of Christian organizations, Ministry Watch, who reported in late March that
Liberty University has declined to renew the contract for conservative activist Charlie Kirk at the think tank he founded along with Jerry Falwell Jr. Kirk has also revealed that he will be pivoting to a new faith-rooted initiative. Kirk’s departure, first reported by The New York Times, came more than a month after the evangelical Christian commentator and activist’s image briefly vanished from the center’s website. Kirk, 27, founded the center with Falwell, then Liberty’s president, in November 2019. Though they described the organization as a think tank, the founders brought on fellows such as Sebastian Gorka, onetime aide to former President Donald Trump, and produced $50,000 worth of pro-Trump digital advertisements for the 2020 election that brought accusations of having “pushed the boundaries” of political activity for a nonprofit university. Among the center’s other fellows is Eric Metaxas, a conservative Christian commentator who admitted to punching an anti-Trump protester last year and emceed a “Jericho March” in Washington after the 2020 election, at which speakers challenged Joe Biden’s victory based on disproven conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud. Another fellow, former Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani, appeared on a Falkirk Center podcast episode in the days after the election titled “Is the Election Really Over?”
During Kirk’s tenure at the school, he challenged faith leaders of a more liberal bent to a debate focused on the question “Was Jesus a socialist?”…The center also faced pushback from the student body. In December, a group calling itself Liberty United Against Falkirk published a petition signed by more 400 Liberty students and recent graduates insisting the school shut down the center. According to the Times, Kirk’s departure does not signal the end of his engagement with overlaps of faith and politics. He is reportedly planning a church-based “field program” known as Turning Point Faith, presumably connected to Turning Point USA, the conservative youth organization Kirk co-founded. The effort will seek out church leaders to participate in political actions ranging from the local to the national. As of Wednesday afternoon, Gorka’s image no longer appears on the think tank’s website, and the page now showcases a banner that reads: “Standing for Freedom Center.”
Part 2 will include a more in-depth profile of the individuals, leaders and organizations involved in the insurrection itself, derived from their writings and confessions, FBI reports and legal briefs, as well key representatives of some of our time-honored institutions (those revered by conservatives in particular) that shockingly had a pivotal role in the deadly event, and the demographics of the typical 2021 insurrectionist, with these findings having major implications in our society in the days ahead.
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