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Pro-Trump Activist Mocked for Claim That Jan. 6th Insurrection Was Not a 'Riot' Based on One Photo

Pro-Trump Activist Mocked for Claim That Jan. 6th Insurrection Was Not a 'Riot' Based on One Photo
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After former President Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election led to a deadly failed siege of the United States Capitol, Republican supporters of Donald Trump leapt to dismiss the insurrection's severity and the dangers caused by Trump's disinformation.

Multiple people were killed and injured during the riots and their aftermath, with rioters shattering windows smearing excrement across the walls, ransacking offices, and coming within feet of lawmakers whose execution they'd been calling for just moments before.

Hundreds of Capitol rioters have since been charged, but like the disinformation that sparked the insurrection in the first place, the conspiracy theories and outright lies regarding the election are taking root within the GOP.

One absurd theory is that the violence at the riots were primarily caused by Trump critics or by antifa, who masqueraded as Trump supporters to hurt Trump in the court of public opinion (throughout his term, Trump had a historically low approval rating). This theory was even promoted by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) in an official hearing.

Now, another far-right provocateur, Dinesh D'Souza, is claiming the riots weren't riots at all.

He cited a single photograph as evidence.

D'Souza, whom Trump pardoned for campaign finance violations in 2018, showed a viral photo from the insurrection featuring rioter Adam Johnson gleefully walking away with the podium of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Johnson was arrested two days later on counts of theft and unlawful entry.

Though D'Souza absurdly used Johnson's photo to dismiss the severity of the riots, Twitter users inundated him with photos that helped convey the horrors of January 6.

They didn't hesitate to remind D'Souza of his own crimes.

For whatever reason, D'Souza has repeatedly characterized the overwhelmingly peaceful protests against racist police brutality this summer as "anarchy" and chaos.