Calls for Further Violence or War
The January 6 event was only the latest in a series of large rallies and events held in Washington, D.C. since the November 2020 election. On November 14, 2020, thousands of Trump supporters attended the Million MAGA March, contesting the election results. On December 12, 2020, supporters and some right-wing extremists demonstrated at various pro-Trump rallies.
Nevertheless, extremists saw the mob action on January 6 as a more concrete step towards conflict. Jacob Wohl, trickster and disinformation activist, posted to Parler claiming the U.S. has been in a civil war for several years, casting “the left” as the antagonists. The right, Wohl wrote, has finally “answered back”. A white supremacist Telegram user that posts accelerationist content wrote that the January 6 attack on the government will not go unanswered and encouraged followers to “keep your head on a swivel and your rifle by your side, war is coming.”
On militia forums, many users shared their belief that war is coming, and some encouraged people to be prepared for further action. In the Oath Keepers private chat, one user wrote, “I believe the war has started. The only way we get justice for ourselves and protect the Constitution is if we begin fighting back.” Another posted, “It sucks that I have to say this…but, God bless the Patriots taking our country back from a thieving Swamp…The God damn crooked politicians brought this on themselves.”
Later in the day, a user wrote, “Need a plan forward? Storm DC with armed patriots as a start. The left will get it, including the MSM [mainstream media], who should ALSO be surrounded by armed patriots.” Another responded, “We have enough martyrs, now we need soldiers, make the other guy die.”
On mymilitia.com, one user wrote, “Today should serve as a wakeup call to all Freedom loving Americans. It showed the thief’s [sic], I mean politicians, that there are many patriots that are willing to do what must be done to save our country…Get ready because this is only a taste of what’s to come.” Added another, “I will join up with my fellow Americans and run the capital [sic] again but with strength…It’s time to show them who we are.”
Across militia forums, many people cheered the actions of those at the Capitol, praising the trespassers as patriots who were willing to “stand up” to politicians and the government. A poster on mymilitia.com wrote, “The tactics and intimidation and the media coverage of this event just goes to show that that is the only language that the gutless politicians understand and respond too [sic].” Another poster, who claims to have attended the rally, pushed back against popular right-wing conspiracies regarding antifa’s role in the attack on the Capitol. “It wasn’t andy tifa or non of that [sic],” they wrote. “It was angry Americans. So please stop this BS. No conspiracy, were tired, were angry. Were tired of being lied to and lied about” [sic throughout].
Meanwhile, on the Three Percenters – Original forum, one user wrote, “We have the right as Americans to take our country back and dismantle the government that does not work for us…Yesterday I saw the pussies of the world grow a set and row [sic] the country we are sick of your shit. Now it’s time to join the proud boys cause they are the ones making moves.”