A day after the attempt by Trump supporters to subvert democracy in the US by invading the Capitol, some of the pro-Trump right-wing US media is already inventing new lies to try to put the blame on people other than those who were actually present at the Capitol on the day. The Guardian has a useful article (by Rory Carroll) recording some of the protesters who were there. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...on-shaman-who-led-the-storming-of-the-capitol A lot of the lead protesters were known figures in the Trump universe - members of a disparate coalition of white supremacists, conspiracists and others. For the record, here's a quick rollcall of a few of the people involved. The flags and insignias advertised who they were: the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, QAnon, once shadowy groups that now rallied in broad daylight, their assault on democracy performed as public spectacle for a world that watched in horror. Others brandished banners with more recent monikers, such as Stop the Steal, an umbrella term for those who believe Trump won the election and that Joe Biden is a usurper. “Make America great again,” declared one flag. “Liberty or death: don’t tread on me,” said another, brandished alongside the confederate symbol. “Trump 2020: Fuck your feelings,” said the fastest-selling T-shirt. Some messages were pithier: “Fuck Biden.” .... Between 2,000 and 2,500 were members of the Proud Boys, according to Enrique Tarrio, a leader of the violent group that has repeatedly clashed with leftwing activists. Tarrio was arrested on Monday, two days before the riot, for the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner during a pro-Trump rally in Washington last month. .... Anthime “Tim” Gionet, a libertarian-turned neo-Nazi conspiracist better known as Baked Alaska, livestreamed the tumult and occupied the office of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Jake Angeli, an actor and voiceover artist from Arizona who goes by the name QAnon Shaman, cut a surreal sight with a horned hat, a painted face and a bare, tattooed chest. A regular sight at protests, he takes his adopted name from QAnon, a baseless internet conspiracy theory that has festered on the far-right fringe for years and mushroomed during the coronavirus pandemic and Trump’s efforts to overturn the election..... Inciting the crowd outside was Ali Alexander, a rightwing troll formerly known as Ali Akbar who is a prominent voice in the Stop the Steal movement. He led chants of “victory or death”..... A woman shot and killed by police during the storming of the Capitol was named as Ashli Babbitt, 35, a Trump-supporting air force veteran who had travelled from San Diego. Three other people died from “medical emergencies” during the siege. How was the "protest" planned? Some groups planned the Washington DC rally on Facebook. Others used more freewheeling social m media platforms such as Parler and Gab popular with the right. .... Before and during the mayhem Gab and Parler were reportedly used to share tips on routes to avoid police, and the best tools to pry open doors. And who urged these people to come? The gathering of extremists in the cradle of American democracy was hardly clandestine. Trump, after all, summoned them. “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th,” he tweeted on 19 December. “Be there, will be wild!” On 1 January he tweeted: “The BIG Protest Rally in Washington, D.C. will take place at 11:00 A.M. on January 6th. Locational details to follow. StopTheSteal!” --- Many of the people involved were photographed and/or arrested. Many also recorded and published their own presence at - and inside - the Capitol, especially by posting photographs and video to social media platforms. --- Yet another false conspiracy and another set of lies is now emerging on right-wing media platforms: that the people who organised the protest and who invaded the Capitol were really left-wing "antifa" activists trying to make the Right look bad. Those lies will only work on people who live in the alt-right media "bubble", in part because the actual instigators and participants were so thoroughly documented at the time by the mainstream press and by law enforcement authorities. Still, it is worth pre-empting the inevitable false claims that will come from the Right about these events, by putting on record what actually happened, now.