The ability of the hot sidewalk garbage known as the “mainstream media” to cling to a lie, long after it has died and stopped kicking, is pretty old hat by now. We’ve just seen this trick too many times to fall for it. Sometimes a fake narrative can cling to life for years, like the Russia hoax; other times it falls apart in a matter of days, like the dangerously smirking Covington Catholic teen. The January 6 insurrection lie continues to fall apart, even though it’s taking longer for information to trickle out to the public. But it’s starting to look like the “insurrection” was actually a dirty trick designed to lure protesters into the Capitol building before the US government betrayed them.
You’ve probably seen plenty of photos of the “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley (the buffalo horns guy) and his companions – looking like extras from the cast of Duck Dynasty – facing off against police in a Capitol hallway. The media has used those still photos plenty of times to portray Trump supporters as a bunch of dangerous crazies who were trying to overthrow the government (even though it’s clear that none of them are armed). What we haven’t seen yet is video of exactly what was happening there.
RMG News finally posted a video of that faceoff over the weekend. I managed to transcribe some of the quotes from it before it was nuked from YouTube. The video will probably resurface at some point on other sites, but in the meantime, all I’ve got for you are quotes.
After speaking briefly with a line of Capitol police officers, a man named William Watson takes the bullhorn from Chansley and announces this to the crowd of Trump supporters:
“The police here are willing to work with us and cooperate peacefully, like our First Amendment allows. Gather more Americans under the condition they will come and gather peacefully to discuss what needs to be done to save our country!”
A Capitol police officer then says to Watson and Chansley, “You need to show us – no attacking, no assault, remain calm.”
Watson then announces to the crowd, “We’re going to be heard. Everybody, this must be peaceful!”
Chansley turns to the crowd as well and yells to the other Trump supporters, “This has to be peaceful! We have the right to peacefully assemble!”
You know part of the story that happens after this bizarre exchange. The protesters peacefully marched through the rest of the building. Chansley said a prayer with the other protesters and sang a song in the US Senate chambers. He sat in Mike Pence’s chair for a while and then went to the Senate break room, where he prevented other protesters from stealing the muffins and snacks.
I see two possibilities for the oddities in this new video of Chansley and Watson relaying instructions to the crowd.
First, it’s possible that Chansley and Watson were both plants working for the FBI. Both men have been imprisoned (supposedly) since January 8th, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they were not working with the government and in on the scam.
Second, it’s possible that Chansley and Watson were duped by the cops. I don’t know which option is true, but I’m leaning toward this second one.
Consider what Watson yelled to the crowd after talking to the police for a couple of minutes: Gather more people, we’ll all come in peacefully, and then we’ll have a discussion with the United States Congress about the fraudulent vote certification. Watson and Chansley both seem to believe that they’re going to have a meeting with Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi.
Of course, that meeting that Trump supporters were promised never happened. The protesters streamed into the Capitol with police permission, under the expectation that the vote certification was going to be discussed. Instead, riot police later showed up, gassed the Trump supporters and beat them up while chasing them out of the building. The arrests started two days later.
Chansley maintained in one jailhouse interview back in January that the protesters didn’t know they were doing anything wrong. He said the police let them in the building and escorted them around. It’s looking like that was the plan all along, and that’s what allowed the Deep State to close the jaws of the trap around Trump supporters.
Some insurrection, huh?