The mainstream media went wild with claims that pro-Trump extremists might rape the Capitol on Thursday, but the hysteria turned out to be much ado about nothing.
CNN called on guests to call the threats “real” and “credible” and the Washington Post published an article, “Capitol Police Say Intelligence Shows A Militia Group May Be Conspiring To Violate The Capitol”, which it included the signatories of four reporters and independent contributions. of six additional employees.
The Post noted that it was “a date that some followers of the QAnon extremist ideology falsely claim will mark the return of former President Donald Trump to the White House” before noting that the Capitol Police declined to name a specific group that he was concerned about. .
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A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in a deadly melee on January 6 that also disrupted President Biden’s certification of Electoral College victory. Since then, the building has been surrounded by fences and national guards in anticipation of further attacks.
The Post reported that “QAnon’s ‘conspiracy theory’ conversations around March 4” circulated online and “an ‘unidentified group’ of violent extremist militiamen had” discussed plans to seize control of the US Capitol. United States and impeach Democratic lawmakers “on that date.”
The House canceled Thursday’s session as a result of the threats and Senate staff were “encouraged to take precautions such as parking in underground garages,” the Post reported.
Another liberal media outlet offered meaningful coverage of the threats, which also turned out to be nothing.
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CNN’s digital operation published an article titled “Feds on High Alert Thursday After Warnings of Possible Threats to the US Capitol,” which noted that law enforcement was on high alert following the intelligence bulletin. .
“Violent extremists also discussed plans to persuade thousands to travel to Washington, DC, to participate in the March 4 plot,” CNN reported, citing the bulletin. “Some of the conspiracy theorists believe that the former president will take office on March 4.”
The New York Times published a similar story, “Capitol police warn of threat Thursday and House cancels session for the day,” reporting that “another assault on Capitol building could occur.” Newsweek ran a story, “Fears of a March 4 Capitol Attack Grow As Conspiracy Theorists Speak of Trump’s Return.”
ABC, NBC, and CBS had similar stories.
CNN even aired a special on QAnon last week to inform viewers of the group that is looming on March 4, while CBS interviewed the group’s infamous shaman. The Hill singled out Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat, sitting on the steps of the Capitol Thursday as a sign of defiance against the alleged threat.
But the nation’s capital remained at peace on Thursday as QAnon never showed up.
The Washington Post published an article Thursday, with five signatures and two contributors, titled “On Capitol Hill, a March 4 Threat from Trump Pro-militants Proves a Mirage.”
“We didn’t see a single person rise up on Capitol Hill today, or anywhere else in the United States,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said on his show Thursday. “Are you surprised? Don’t panic. It was all just another lie. It wasn’t that different from when we were told we would need troops to protect Joe Biden’s inauguration.”
Meanwhile, Fox News learned Thursday that the US Capitol Police would request that National Guard troops remain on Capitol Hill for two more months.
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“Many liberals were sure that … March 4 was the day the right-wing revolution would finally begin. March 4, they believe, was something called ‘QAnon Inauguration Day,'” Carlson said.
“What is QAnon Opening Day? We have no idea. We don’t know anyone who does. In fact, we bet money that not one Trump voter in a million had heard of it until this week when merchants of hysteria on the other Channels started talking about it on TV. They found out from Nancy Pelosi, who told her bodyguards to write a report on the QAnon Inauguration Day threat, so that’s what they made “.