A protest organized to attempt to overturn the 2020 Presidential election turned into a terroristic mob attack on January 6th, with rioters violating the sanctity of the Capitol building, forcing the Secret Service to relocate legislators to a secure location. Days before the attack, right-wing activist Charlie Kirk boasted about helping to organize busloads of Donald Trump’s supporters to travel to D.C. — but after false rumors circulated blaming the attack on ‘antifa,’ he deleted the tweet taking credit.
The Daily Dot reported on the lost tweet, which is also visible on an archived copy of Kirk’s Twitter timeline here. As you can see in the screenshot below, Kirk takes credit, along with Students for Trump and Turning Point Action, for organizing more than 80 busloads of “patriots” to attend the rally.
However, after the attack began, the narrative turned. Other Republican voices, such as Matt Gaetz, began to claim the attack was carried out by ‘antifa,’ and that Democrats had organized the event to make Donald Trump look bad.
Kirk tweeted again, to suggest that “if these reports are true” the attack was unacceptable, and to throw out a deflection — “no matter who is doing it” — though it was already clear who was involved, as the participants live-streamed and posted selfies of the attack.
Soon legislators warned social media sites to maintain records of those involved in the organization and planning of the event.
At some point, Kirk deleted his tweet — in a copy of his Twitter timeline archived on January 7th, it’s already gone.
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