Conservative website Red State on Monday published and then retracted an article that angrily and falsely declared there “Was No Riot, Insurrection or “Storming!” at the U.S. Capitol last week.
“Let me be real clear. There was no riot in DC. There was no insurrection. There was no ‘storming’ of the Capitol Building,” wrote the piece’s author Mike Ford, a retired infantry office. “There was a peaceful rally. There was a largely peaceful protest that was marred by some bad acts by a very few people. There was and is, absolutely nothing to be traumatized or intimidated by. It’s time to tell the press, the politicians and even our pastors, stop the gaslighting.”
The piece dismissed last Wednesday’s riot—which resulted in five deaths, including a police officer defending the building—as the actions of merely a “couple of bozos.” The vast majority of the rioters, Ford claimed, “were all staying inside the velvet guide ropes, surely not the actions of a rabid mob bent on violence or chaos.” The conservative writer also described the violence as being akin to “some pushing and shoving along the barrier line,” and claimed the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick was not “officially connected to any illegal, violent act.”