Federal authorities and internet sleuths are off to the races, making headway on the identification of those involved in the Capitol Hill incursion.
Several popular theories have circulated in light of the hours-long riot, which resulted in widespread government evacuations Wednesday afternoon and delayed congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
None have captured the attention of the right-wing social media sphere quite like claims the incident was a false flag operation, however, with Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida alleging from the House floor that antifa operatives might have instigated outbursts from within the initial pro-Trump protest group.
“I don’t know if the reports are true, but The Washington Times has just reported some pretty compelling evidence from a facial recognition company showing that some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters,” Gaetz said.
“They were masquerading as Trump supporters and, in fact,