Arizona ‘Justice For J6’ Rally Draws Small Crowd of Extremists and GOP Officials
Only a few dozen people, many of them members of a violent extremist organization, showed up on the Arizona Capitol on Saturday for a rally claiming that supporters of Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 did not had done nothing wrong and were being held as “political prisoners.”
“It was a great, great day,” former Republican state lawmaker Anthony Kern told attendees of his presence on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6.
Kern, who lost in 2020 but is running for the legislative elections again, said he had never violated the Capitol. However, the images reviewed by the Arizona mirror shows Kern was present in other parts of the Capitol raped by protesters. During his speech to the crowd, Kern said he arrived two hours after anything “serious” happened.
The MirrorAnalysis determined that Kern arrived shortly after 3 p.m. By that point, the protest had been violent for some time, and Trump supporters had already broken into Capitol Hill in some places, while others were entering the Capitol.
About half of the audience at the rally in Arizona were members of the Proud Boys, which the SPLC refers to as a hate group. So far, 19 members of the Proud Boys have been charged in connection with the events of January 6, with an indictment suggesting there may have been coordination between many groups.
Their presence was a boon to GOP Representative Walt Blackman, R-Snowflake.
“The Proud Boys came to one of my events and it was one of the proudest moments of my life,” Blackman told the crowd. Blackman is a candidate for Congress in the 1st arrondissement.
One of the speakers, Micajah Jackson, faces federal charges for storming the Capitol on January 6. The FBI alleges that Jackson participated in a march alongside members of the Arizona Proud Boys chapter and knowingly entered the Capitol without permission.
Jackson claimed on Saturday that the January 6 riot was a “coup” organized by the FBI, Capitol Police, DC Police, Black Lives Matter, antifa, Democratic activists and the “American Radical Government” .
“It’s disgusting, it’s KGB stuff going on there,” Jackson said. A woman in the crowd shouted, “This is demonic!
FBI Director Christopher Wray said there was no evidence that far-left groups were involved in the violent events of January 6.
Blackman was the only elected official who spoke, a last minute change from the way the event was promoted. He initially billed GOP lawmakers, Rep. Mark Finchem and Senator Wendy Rogers as speakers, as well as a controversial figure named “American Greyson” Arnold.
Arnold used his social media pages to post memes praising the Nazis as the “pure breed” and lament the American victory in World War II. He also has called Adolf Hitler a “complicated historical figure”. On another occasion, he displayed the logo for Stormfront, the first major hate internet site founded by Don Black, former Alabama leader Ku Klux Klan. The logo is the Celtic Cross, a common white supremacist symbol, emblazoned with the words “White Pride World Wide”. “God is on our side because our fight is just,” he said.
Shortly after the Mirror inquired about these posts, a spokesperson for the event said Arnold was no longer a speaker at the event. However, he attended the event anyway and was seen with local anti-mask agitator Ethan Schmidt.
Jackson was not the only speaker to have been arrested by the FBI for his involvement in the events of January 6.
Couy Griffin of Cowboys for Trump was arrested on one count of knowingly entering or remaining in a building or restricted land without legal entry. Griffin claims he was unaware the area was off-limits and said he wasn’t there to disrupt anything.
Another speaker also had ties to the insurgency. Jeff Zink, who is running for Congress against Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego, has a son who has been arrested for trespassing, assault and property damage. Zink said his son was falsely accused, but the FBI maintains that photos from his son’s own Facebook page and security camera footage put his son at the scene and show him property damage.
Zink condemned the destruction and said anyone who did this rightly deserves to be in jail – but not his son.
“Someone else came in and stole what was supposed to be a peaceful protest,” Zink said, adding that the Jan. 6 protest that preceded the violent insurgency was not about “Trump or Biden.” In fact, it was staged by Trump’s allies and was solely focused on challenging and overturning the 2020 election, which Trump lost to Joe Biden.
“You are guilty until you are a Democrat,” Zink said to cheers from the crowd.
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