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As a sparse crowd gathered in Washington D.C., to support the January 6 Capitol rioters on Saturday, Representative Ted Lieu said the "Justice for J6" rally's poor attendance shows that former President's influence on the Republican Party is finally waning.
"The very small crowd size at the #JusticeforJ6 traitorous rally shows the waning influence of the former President," the California Democrat tweeted.
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Police said they are prepared for a Saturday rally for participants in the Capitol riot Jan. 6, but clashes with counter-protesters are possible.Until Matt Braynard emerged as the face of a demonstration, staged to support hundreds arrested in the Capitol riots, the Republican operative had a relatively modest public profile, though a recent spate of false voter fraud claims has gained him financial support. In the run-up to Saturday’s event, he has been everywhere – including a Friday appearance on C-SPAN.
The "Justice for J6" rally concluded Saturday afternoon without any known major instances of violence. Due to concerns of such possible threats, authorities ensured a hefty police presence at the rally, which was attended by 400 to 450 protesters in support of those who were charged in connection with the Capitol riot earlier this year, according to Capitol.
One man allegedly welding a handgun was detained at the rally around 1:30 p.m. and charged with unlawful activities, reported Capitol Police.
"At this time, it is not clear why the man was at the demonstration," authorities said.
Another man was arrested on a weapons violation for carrying a knife around 12:40 p.m., before the rally kicked off.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The fence around the Capitol is back up. The D.C. police department is at the ready, and U.S. Capitol Police have requested assistance from nearby law enforcement agencies including the U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) — The fence around the Capitol is back up. The D.C. police department is at the ready, and U.S. Capitol Police have requested assistance from nearby law enforcement agencies including the U.S. National Guard.
Earlier this week, event organizer Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign staffer, told Newsweek that the rally would "100 percent" be peaceful and only aims to show support for the nonviolent Trump supporters who were arrested and charged in connection to the January 6 insurrection.
"We favor lawful prosecution and speedy trials for anyone who did commit violence on January 6 and condemn their actions," Braynard said. "We are cooperating completely with multiple different police forces to ensure that everyone is safe. Anyone with the intent of committing violence has no business at our rally."
The low attendance at the "Justice for J6" rally did not come as a surprise. According toNews, the (DHS) predicted that roughly 700 people would attend the rally.
Far-right figures had actively discouraged their supporters from showing up with baseless warnings that the federal government set up the rally to catch and arrest further Trump supporters. The "false flag" conspiracy theory, which spread on right-wing social media platforms, likely contributed to the rally's lackluster attendance.
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Far-right Facebook groups and extremist forums warned against going, and even Trump called the event a "setup."Matt Braynard, the architect behind the D.C. 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.
Trump called the rally "a setup" in an interview with The Federalist on Thursday.
"If people don't show up they'll say, 'Oh, it's a lack of spirit.' And if people do show up they'll be harassed," the former president said.
Newsweek reached out to Trump representatives for comment.
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Lieu donated $50,000 to the university in the years before his son was admitted.According to Federal Election Commission records, Lieu has made at least two $25,000 donations from his campaign funds to Stanford, one in September 2017 and another the following June. Lieu, a four-term congressman who was first elected in 2014, received his undergraduate degrees from Stanford in 1991.