For a time, it looked like the Justice for J6 rally, in honor of those arrested in the battle on Capitol Hill on January 6th,was shaping up to be another violent insurrectionary riot. But on the day of the planned demonstration, this past Saturday, only a couple of hundred protesters showed up.
The rally had been quiety imploding for some time. As the Washington Post noted,
many influential figures on the far right actually discouraged their followers from showing up, asserting the event was a trap. Baseless rumors have ricocheted through social media to the effect that the federal government was attempting to lure demonstrators to Washington to arrest them, and that left-wing activists disguised themselves as Trump supporters would deliberately cause trouble.
The Proud Boys, a far-right group with a history of violence that includes participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection, discouraged members from traveling to the District on Saturday.
Two days before the rally, Donald Trump himself was calling it a “set-up” — despite the fact that some of the organizers of the event were former Trump campaign staffers.
So what do you do when the big important rally you’ve been promising for months turns out to be a big dud? You pretend that everyone on your side of the political aisle knew already that no one would be going to the event — and you blame the “corporate press” of hyping up the rally in the first place.
The Federalist called it a “Another Corrupt Press Dud,” whatever that is; Townhall lamented that “we saw the media overhyping an allegedly disturbing and dangerous crowd and then seeing the press outnumbering the participants.” The Daily Caller whined that “[t]he media … built the insignificant rally into a headline-grabbing event.”
Those on the right with a conspiratorial bent went much further, claiming that the rally was a “false flag” pushed by none other than the FBI itself. “Anyone with half a brain could see that this was another FBI entrapment scheme,” wrote Brian C. Joondeph on the American Thinker blog, “to justify more arrests and more prisoners in solitary confinement awaiting trial for walking benignly through the U.S. Capitol” The title of his post? “What If the FBI Threw an Insurrection and Nobody Came?”
On Infowars, none other than aging libertarian poster boy Ron Paul wondered if the rally was “A Set-Up or a Psy-Op,” ultimately voting for door number two.
[I]t seems a little too obvious that Biden backers and their allies in the deep state would hold a fake rally just to set-up more “insurrectionists” to be arrested. It’s possible that they believe conservatives and Trump supporters are dumb enough to walk into a trap – or perhaps another trap – but I find it unconvincing.
Instead, perhaps this rally was in reality a kind of psychological operation. After all, such an exercise would be a win-win for the planners.
By “the planners” he means Biden and the Deep State.
On one hand if a massive crowd showed up it would give new life to the now-discredited narrative that an attack on “our democracy” more serious than 9/11 (as President Biden laughably claimed) was operating just below the surface of society. …
On the other hand, if no one showed up, as it turns out happened, the real organizers [i.e. Biden et al] could laugh and crow about how support has evaporated for the hundreds originally arrested after January 6th … .
I admit I laughed and crowed a little, though that doesn’t make me one of “the real organizers.”
On the left-leaning blog Wonkette, Robyn Pennacchia offfered a far more convincing answer than all this right-wing blather: through their own perverse paranoia, the right-wing rally organizers and their original supporters had essentially psyched themselves out.
Think about it. These people are such paranoid conspiracy theorists that they thought that their own event to protest the arrests of their fellow paranoid conspiracy theorists was a “false flag.” If that’s the way they’re going now, how are they ever going to have a public demonstration again? How are they going to trust one another? Because really, any of them could be a member of Antifa trying to make them look bad. How would they even begin to tell the difference between a member of Antifa trying to make them look bad and a QAnon supporter or Proud Boy just being themselves? How would they tell the difference between a truly devoted Trumpist who wants to overthrow the government and a secret agent trying to fit them up for a plot to overthrow the government? …
Eventually, they are all going to be so paranoid that they just leave us all alone forever, and frankly, I’m not that mad at that.
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