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Trump Aide Reveals Plan to Blame ‘Antifa’ For Capitol Riots

Trump Aide Reveals Plan to Blame ‘Antifa’ For Capitol Riots

Leaked texts have unveiled a Trump aide’s plan to help deflect anger from his supporters over the Capitol riot and shift the blame to left-wing protesters disguised in MAGA and other pro-Trump clothing.

Jason Miller outlined tweets for Trump to send out, blaming “ANTIFA” and “crazed leftists” for the violence. Miller also proposed a tweet accusing the “fake news media” of demonizing “peaceful and innocent MAGA supporters.” The leaked text messages show how Miller had proposed the strategy to help Trump dissipate the social media reaction to the insurrection even as it was still taking place.

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On Monday, CNN published a text sent by Miller to Mark Meadows, Trump’s White House chief of staff, at around 3.45 p.m. on January 6, 2021: “Call me crazy, but ideas for two tweets from POTUS: 1) Bad apples, likely ANTIFA or other crazed leftists, infiltrated today’s peaceful protest over the fraudulent vote count. Violence is never acceptable! MAGA supporters embrace our police and the rule of law and should leave the Capitol now!” read the text from Miller. “2) The fake news media who encouraged this summer’s violent and radical riots are now trying to blame peaceful and innocent MAGA supporters for violent actions,” Miller’s text continued. “This isn’t who we are! Our people should head home and let the criminals suffer the consequences!”

“Antifa” is just an abbreviation for “ant-Fascist.” But Trump and his supporters have intentionally muddied the discussion both around Antifa and Black Lives Matter to conflate them as one large violent group as a way to deflect blame. Far-right pro-Trump lawmakers like Marjorie Taylor Greene have parroted a similar narrative, blaming other parties for the riot. Greene, for one, has falsely claimed on multiple occasions that activists from Black Lives Matter and Antifa were responsible for the incident including last Friday when she took the stand to defend herself at a hearing challenging her ability to run for re-election. Miller’s texts prove the framing was intentional.

 

Miller’s message was among a trove of 2,319 texts sent to Meadows between the 2020 election date and President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021, which CNN obtained. Per the timeline of the Capitol riot, Miller’s texts were sent between Trump’s 3.13 p.m. tweet asking the mob at the Capitol to “remain peaceful,” and the release of his video at 4.17 p.m. asking people to “go home.”

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