What We Know About The Insurrectionists Who Stormed The Capitol

Jan 18, 2021

Nearly 100 people have been charged in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Court documents tell us a lot about who the pro-Trump extremists were, what they had planned and just how bad the situation was — and how much worse it could have been. 

BuzzFeed’s Zoe Tillman has been sifting through the filings.

The Atlantic‘s Adam Serwer also wrote about the insurrectionists:

 Although any crowd that size is bound to include people who are struggling financially, no one should be shocked to see the middle classes so well represented among the mob.

The notion that political violence simply emerges out of economic desperation, rather than ideology, is comforting. But it’s false. Throughout American history, political violence has often been guided, initiated, and perpetrated by respectable people from educated middle- and upper-class backgrounds. The belief that only impoverished people engage in political violence—particularly right-wing political violence—is a misconception often cultivated by the very elites who benefit from that violence.

What do we know about the insurrectionists accused of storming the U.S Capitol? And what have we learned about how they planned the insurrection?

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