The rioters followed a long conspiratorial road to the Capitol


“We were aware of the presence of Brendan Hunt in 2013 when he attacked the families of Sandy Hook,” said Lenny Pozner, whose son was killed at school, and who founded the HONR network, an organization of volunteers who seek to remove harmful online content. . “I’m not surprised that he has become more radical.”

“Once people buy into the concept that government is an evil organization that tries to harm them at all times, it is easy for people to radicalize and find others who agree,” he added.

Mr Hunt was assigned to a public defender, who declined to comment on Tuesday.

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Sandy Hook was the first American mass shooting to spark viral and fantastical claims that it was a bogus event organized by the Obama administration as a pretext to confiscate Americans’ guns. Since then, virtually every high-profile mass shooting has generated similar theories.

Ms Greene, elected to Congress in November, has been circulating false theories for years, especially around mass shootings. On Tuesday, TBEN reported that in 2018 and 2019, Ms. Greene indicated her support on her Facebook page for commentators recommending violence against Democratic leaders. In January 2019, TBEN reported, Ms. Greene “liked a comment that a bullet to the head would be faster” to fire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In response, Ms. Greene posted a statement on Twitter assign inflammatory content to “teams of people” who “manage my pages”.

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During his 2020 campaign, Politico tapped into his social media accounts, finding Islamophobic conspiracy theories and the false claim that George Soros, a wealthy Democratic donor, is a Nazi. After calling the 2020 presidential ballot a “fraudulent and stolen election,” Ms Greene voted on Jan.6 with 146 other Republicans against the certification of the Electoral College tally that officially declared Mr Biden the winner. The day before the Capitol riot, she called the Stop the Steal protests “our moment in 1776”.

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In 2018, she wrote on Facebook: “The people in power stop the truth and control and block investigations, then provide cover to the real enemies of our nation.”

When a follower from Jamestown, New York, released false statements about the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., And said Sandy Hook was ‘staged’, Ms Greene responded: “All of this is true. The message was released last week by Media Matters for America, a liberal group that monitors conservative media news and publications.