Despite popular conspiracy theories about ‘antifa,’ overwhelmingly the people arrested and charged in the attack on the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month profess to be supporters of then-President Donald Trump and his false claims that he won the 2020 election. However, Rudy Giuliani isn’t so sure — and rather than sticking to the antifa narrative, he’s spinning his own.
In less than three minutes, in the clip below Rudy Giuliana can be heard shifting the blame from antifa to right-wing groups that oppose Trump, claiming that the members of these purported groups took the risk of Federal arrests just to make the former president look bad, then shifting blame back to antifa, before declaring the whole thing a ‘mixture’ of people who support Trump and others who hate him.
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) January 29, 2021
Speaking about Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial on charges of inciting violence against the U.S. government, Rudy argues that the responsibility for the attack lies elsewhere, and that a speech encouraging the crowd to “fight like hell” had nothing to do with it. He describes what the defense against the charges might look like, in his view.
The defense is gonna have to show, this was planned and a lot of the people involved in the planning, antifa, and even some right-wing groups who were enemies of his, and they were doing it in order to hurt him, including some right-wing groups that operate for the Lincoln Project, or have been working with the Lincoln Project at various times. You have a couple of wolves in sheep’s clothing.
This doesn’t even sit well with Steve Bannon, who at multiple points in the short clip tries to explain to Giuliani that he can’t make this kind of claim and refuse to back it up with any supporting information — “That’s why we get blown up all the time. You can’t throw a charge out there like that, then say ‘I’ve got a double-secret probation guy who I can’t mention…'”
Pressed for the identity of the secret perpetrator he accuses of bringing in anti-Trump Republicans to commit crimes against the government under the pretense of Trump support, Giuliani only relaxes the purported Lincoln Project connection to some unspecified past interaction, and claims the individual worked for Mitt Romney in some unnamed capacity at some unnamed time in the past.
He maintains that all the actual violence was carried out by antifa, although as Forbes reported earlier this month, the FBI has stated that there is no sign whatsoever of any antifa involvement in the attack.
Giuliani may also have personal interest in diverting law enforcement from the idea that speeches in D.C. on January 6th had any effect on the actions of the crowd — his own included a call for “trial by combat,” as reported here by NY Mag.
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