Last Updated on February 17, 2022
Ignoring a growing number of videos and evidence proving otherwise, US Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D-CA), the Minority Leader in the House, has signed-on to the official narrative advanced by the FBI, Democrat legislators and the mainstream media: That the chaos and violence on January 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill was an organic, uncoordinated effort by “Trump extremists” with no outside agitation.
On the weekly GOP House conference call this week, McCarthy told his caucus’s membership that the mayhem at the Capitol Building last week was not caused by Antifa. Instead, he insisted it was a “pro-Trump mob” that breached the Capitol Building, ransacking offices and accessing the floors of both the House and the Senate.
One source familiar with the call said, “McCarthy told all members on the call that he has been receiving FBI briefings and it is clear that Antifa was not behind this… That it was in fact right-wing extremists and QAnon adherents, and he urged members to stop spreading false information to the contrary.”
House Minority Leader McCarthy told members of his GOP conference that the riot at the Capitol was not caused by antifa, urging lawmakers not to further spread misinformation about the pro-Trump mob that stormed the House and Senate last week. https://t.co/i21br1Jef4
— The Hill (@thehill) January 12, 2021
Video evidence is surfacing that suggests outside agitators from Antifa and BLM instigated much of the chaos of the chaos, and were simply ushered into restricted zones by Capitol Hill police.
McCarthy’s statement comes after US Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), cited the growing number of videos substantiating the claims that Antifa and other anti-American groups were behind the violence at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Gaetz was supported by others in Congress, including Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who doubled down on Twitter.
Please, don’t be like #FakeNewsMedia, don’t rush to judgment on assault on Capitol. Wait for investigation. All may not be (and likely is not) what appears. Evidence growing that fascist ANTIFA orchestrated Capitol attack with clever mob control tactics.
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) January 7, 2021
“Evidence growing that fascist ANTIFA orchestrated Capitol attack with clever mob control tactics,” Brooks tweeted the day after the riot.
The FBI issued a statement that included the words “at this time” so as to give them plausible deniability wiggle room Friday, saying they have determined that no members of Antifa were involved in the breach of the Capitol.
“We have no indication of that at this time,” Washington Field Office Assistant Director Steven D’Antuono said last week.
Acting US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, also stated that investigators had not seen evidence of Antifa’s presence.