Donald Trump’s Stop the Steal rally this week in Washington DC resulted in chaos and destruction. While this result surprised almost no one, Trump’s fans in politics and the media moved quickly to absolve him of blame.Matt Gaetz was one of many saying that the protesters were people from Antifa in disguise. The Florida congressman even shared an article claiming this theory was backed up by facial recognition software. Now the AI company Gaetz cited is proving him wrong an demanding an apology.
The Florida congressman said on the House floor Tuesday night, “some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters. They were masquerading as Trump supporters and in fact, were members of the violent terrorist group antifa.”
He continued to make his claims on his social media channels. Sharing an article from the Washington Times, Gaetz tweeted, “Facial recognition firm claims Antifa infiltrated Trump protesters who stormed Capitol.”
"Facial recognition firm claims Antifa infiltrated Trump protesters who stormed Capitol"https://t.co/RbDjqALbUt
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 7, 2021
A lawyer for XRVision said in a statement, “We concluded that two of [the] individuals (Jason Tankersley and Matthew Heimbach) were affiliated with the Maryland Skinheads and the National Socialist Movements. These two are known Nazi organizations, they are not Antifa. The third individual identified (Jake Angeli) was an actor with some QAnon promotion history. Again, no Antifa identification was made for him either.”
XRVision is also asking Gaetz to retract his comments and apologize.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.