How Trump's internet built and broadcast the Capitol insurrection - 2021-01-08

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F0.png How Trump's internet built and broadcast the Capitol insurrection January 8, 2021, Rebecca Heilweil, Vox

Ali Alexander, a far-right activist and conspiracy theorist, posted a video to YouTube on Christmas Day, urging people to come to Washington, DC, on the day that Congress would finalize Joe Biden's election to the US presidency.

With a triumphant soundtrack, the video features President Trump at a rally declaring, "We will never give in. We will never give up, and we will never back down. We will never ever surrender." It urges people to register to attend on a website, WildProtest.com, directing them to get to the Capitol building by 1 pm on the day of the event. The website even offered to help people find rides to get there.

This was just one of a slew of efforts from online communities that came together for the insurrection at the United States Capitol on Wednesday that left at least five people dead and many more injured. Many of these groups had been building enthusiasm online for such an event for years. They planned Wednesday's event on social media and, as it was happening, gleefully livestreamed the destruction.

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{{cite news | first = Rebecca | last = Heilweil | author2 = Shirin Ghaffary | title = How Trump's internet built and broadcast the Capitol insurrection | url = https://www.vox.com/recode/22221285/trump-online-capitol-riot-far-right-parler-twitter-facebook | work = Vox | date = January 8, 2021 | accessdate = June 20, 2021 }}