The organizer of the “Justice for J6” rally to support the January 6 Capitol rioters thanked the few hundred participants for showing up on Saturday despite warnings from right-wing figures that the event was a government “trap” .
Matt Braynard, the architect behind the DC rally on Saturday, addressed the roughly 500 people who showed up to participate and called those who were skeptical of the event a “bunch of clowns.”
“Thanks to@CapitolPolice ,@DCPoliceDept, park police and other security services who kept our participants safe today. And thank you to the 500 brave Patriots who came out today despite a bunch of clowns and dilettantes trying to convince you that this was a trap, “Braynard tweeted on Saturday.
Ahead of the event, several far-right Facebook groups and extremist forums such as TheDonald and 4chan warned protesters to avoid going to the rally, arguing it was a secret government plot to proceed with the rally. arrests and put demonstrators under surveillance. Even former President Donald Trump on Thursday called the event a “setup.”
“Saturday is a setup,” Trump said in an interview with the Federalist. “If people don’t show up, they’ll say, ‘Oh, that’s a lack of spirits.’ And if people show up, they will be harassed. “
The rally took place on Saturday afternoon with heightened security, as law enforcement prepared for the event by installing temporary fences and a reinforced police presence. By late afternoon, police announced four arrests, including a man with a knife and another who appeared to have a handgun. Two others were arrested on Texas arrest warrants, NBC News reported.
Braynard, a former Trump campaigner, said News week ahead of the rally that the event would be “100%” peaceful in order to show their support for the Trump supporters who were arrested and charged in the January 6 insurgency. So far, more than 600 people have been arrested in the six months following the violent attack on the Capitol.
“We promote legal proceedings and expeditious trials for anyone who committed violence on January 6 and condemn their actions,” Braynard said. News week. “We are fully cooperating with several different police forces to ensure that everyone is safe. Anyone intending to commit violence has nothing to do at our rally.”
Trump did not make an appearance at the event, but said in a statement Thursday that “our hearts and minds are with those persecuted so unfairly in connection with the January 6 protest over the rigged presidential election “.
“On top of everything else, it has conclusively proven that we are a two tier justice system. Ultimately, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!” He added.
Saturday’s low attendance came as no surprise from Capitol Hill police and politicians. California Representative Ted Lieu, a Democrat, tweeted that the low turnout at the rally shows Trump’s influence over the GOP may finally wane.
“The very small crowd size at the treacherous rally of # JusticeforJ6 shows the waning influence of the former president,” he tweeted.