World Viral Video Shows Teacher Claiming Antifa, Not Trump Supporters, Stormed the Capitol
Shocking photos show pro-Trump rioters in the Capitol stealing memorabilia and breaking into the desks of lawmakers
A joint session of Congress to count the 2020 presidential race's Electoral College votes descended into chaos as violent pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol building. Lawmakers were evacuated as the rioters invaded the House and Senate Chambers and vandalised congressional offices. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Capitol Building came under siege from pro-Trump rioters on Wednesday during a joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes from the 2020 presidential race.
A new viral video that has surfaced online appears to show a teacher lecturing her students about the recent Capitol riots. In the clip, the teacher claims that Antifa were the ones who actually invaded the Capitol, rather than supporters of Presidentand members of far-right groups like the .
The video was posted on theaccount @KnowYourRacists earlier this week, and it has received over 19,000 views. It was also shared to the r/WorldNewsVideo subreddit, where it received over 5,000 upvotes and was subsequently shared to other subreddits.
Fox News Stars: America Had It Coming. Also Antifa Did It.
All three Fox News primetime star hosts, along with a bevy of Newsmax TV personalities, found their newest, baseless conspiracy theory on Wednesday, declaring that left-wing “antifa” activists were to blame for a mob of thousands of pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the U.S. Capitol. Furthermore, several Fox News stars also suggested that the U.S. government had it coming, largely because conservatives are angry over the Russia investigation and Trump’s false belief that widespread voter fraud stole the election from him.
The @KnowYourRascists caption appears to have been written by the student who filmed the video; the caption alleges that the teacher began speaking on the subject of the Capitol riots, unprompted, in a class that has nothing to do with current events, Language Arts. "[S]he just RANDOMLY started talking about this in 1st period, it was language arts class and we were about to do work when she started talking about the Capitol raid," the caption reads.
As seen in the video, the teacher claims that the scene at the Capitol was peaceful until members of Antifa showed up. In actuality, there appears to be no credible evidence that anyone associated with Antifa—which is an umbrella term used to refer to far-left militant groups that demonstrate against white supremacism—was present for the storming of the Capitol building, or that they were posing as Trump supporters that day in Washington, D.C.
The last time a mob stormed the Capitol was during the War of 1812. Here's what happened when the British invaded Washington.
A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday in a riot that left four people dead. It was the first mass breach of the Capitol since the War of 1812. On August 24, 1814, British forces invaded Washington, DC, and burned the Capitol and the White House. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, forcing members of Congress to evacuate a joint session certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.
"Supporters arrived and suddenly there was violence. Already, three of those have been identified as Antifa members that were in the building," the teacher says at the beginning of the video. Then, a student (possibly the one who's filming) asks her about Proud Boys being involved with the riots, but she doesn't respond, either because she doesn't hear the question or because she chooses to ignore it.
"We had trouble with this all summer long, where peaceful demonstrations were fine, until a bunch of Antifa members showed up and started violence," the teacher adds. "They were paid to be there. They were paid to do violence. So the Trump supporters would look bad."
Despitethat those who stormed the Capitol weren't President Donald Trump's supporters and were actually Antifa, the
The Capitol rioters put themselves all over social media. Now the FBI is watching.
How law enforcement and internet detectives are identifying the Capitol rioters.After insurrectionists crashed through barriers surrounding Capitol Hill, overwhelmed police, rampaged through the Capitol building, and left dozens injured and four dead, there were relatively few arrests, and many people were allowed to simply walk out. There were few consequences then — only about a dozen of the hundreds of invaders were arrested at the scene — but that’s very likely to change in the days and weeks to come. Law enforcement and civilians alike are attempting to identify those who allegedly participated.
In the two-minute clip, the outspoken student again argues that Trump supporters and Proud Boys were the ones who stormed the Capitol. The teacher responds by saying that there are videos of Trump supporters yelling at those breaking into the Capitol building to stop. Video footage of Trump supporters booing the break-in and yelling "Antifa" does exist, but, again, thehas found no evidence of Antifa's involvement.
Trump supporters boo’d as #antifa dressed up as patriots & break the windows to the Capitol. Patriots grab them and try to stop them. Antifa infiltrated the Trump rally. That’s a fact. pic.twitter.com/STkaOhg4eF— Michele McMillan (@Mimi_McMillan) January 7, 2021
When the student mentions that people breaking into the Capitol were wearing MAGA hats, the teacher counters, "Anybody can put on a MAGA hat. When they're paid to be there and cause a riot, they want to make it look like Trump supporters. So they wear Trump hats and carry Trump flags. Does that make them Trump supporters? No. You guys need to look at the history," she says.
The teacher then says that Trump supporters participating in the Capitol riot could not have been trying to overthrow the government, due to a lack of weapons. "Show me the video where those thousands of supporters were carrying guns or weapons of any kind," she said, claiming she was sharing the facts. "You cannot have a government overthrow without guns."
Whiteness is at the core of the insurrection
The answer to how the Capitol riots happened is right in front of us.Feces smeared throughout a federal building. Blood strewed on the marble bust of a former president. Nooses on Capitol Hill. These are the images captured on January 6 when an enraged pro-Trump mob of hundreds flooded the gates of the US Capitol, America’s fortress of democracy.
One student points out in the video that all of this is "just [her] opinion."
One TikTok user, @Positiveaf, asked his followers to help him track down the school where this video was filmed and the teacher captured on tape; in a video posted on Wednesday, he alleges that he was contacted by someone in the school's administration, who told him that the teacher was actually a substitute and that she was dismissed within a half hour, once students notified the principal that the sub was sharing misinformation unprompted.
, another student went viral via a video of her calling out her teacher for displaying a Blue Lives Matter flag in his class. The lead-up to the 2020 presidential election and the protests against police brutality throughout the summer sparked many conversations about the roles that teachers have in speaking about political issues in the classroom. One Texas teacher was put on leave in 2020 for having a , while a that was visible behind him.
Newsweek reached out to @KnowYourRascists to try to identify the original source of the video or obtain comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.
20 Percent of Americans Believe Pro-Trump Capitol Rioters Were Actually Antifa .
GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and others dismissed the idea, but it's been embraced by some Republican lawmakers. © SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Supporters of President Donald Trump—including Jake Angeli, a QAnon supporter known for his painted face and horned hat—enter the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in Washington, D.C. The survey, conducted by Ipsos from January 14 to 15, showed that 20 percent of respondents believed it is true that the people who broke into the U.S.