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“Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”
—Donald Trump 

January 6 was not an accident.  It was carefully planned, and much of the planning was public. 

The Wild Protest (with its own url, maps, brochures, and speakers) was literally scheduled to take place on the Capitol Lawn to stop the certification of the US election.  The Wild Protest was the destination for the march scheduled from the White House to the Capitol.

As thousands descended on D.C. on January 6th for this coordinated series of rallies, a coordinated plan had been in place for weeks for militia groups to take advantage of the crowds to create chaos and attack the Capitol in order to disrupt the election certification. 

At least 10,000 people went to the Stop the Steal Rally. Not all of them were able to enter the official arena because they refused to go through the magnetometer ("mags") and surrender their weapons. Instead many watched from the National Mall. Senior White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony confirmed that some of the would-be rioters went to the National Mall with guns hidden underneath their clothes, including glocks and AR-15's. 

Former President Trump insisted that the protesters be let through to the arena with their weapons because they were not there to hurt him.


"They're not here to hurt me. Take that effing mags away. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here. Let the people in," he said according to Hutchinson's testimony. 

His security detail refused and the armed protesters remained outside the arena. 

Donald Trump told protesters that he would march with them to the Capitol. 


At least 2,000 of the protesters made it inside the Capitol during the afternoon riots. Around 5% of the crowd was under orders to complete some task, though most were likely not aware of the full plan.

Many were broadly aware of a plan to enter the building, and many came armed with pepper spray, knives, heavy flagpoles or other weapons; gear such as helmets, tactical vests, radios, and bullhorns. During the attack, breaches occurred abruptly, seemingly on command, instigated by a few but quickly pulling in wider participation.


Attacks were organized to produce nearly simultaneous breaches on both sides of the Capitol (even despite some apparent setbacks and delays).

Coordinators used a large civilian crowd to confuse defenders and achieve strategic objectives. To the right is an excerpt from a document used to organize and manipulate the innocent members of the crowd. 

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Archive of People, Organizations, and Media Resources Used to Attempt to Overturn 2020 Election

People Involved with Stop the Steal Rally as Guest Speakers or Organizers


Paul Gosar
Ali Alexander
Roger Stone
Rep-Elect Marjorie Greene
Scott Presler
JennyBeth Martin
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep-Elect Lauren Boebert
Dr. Simone Gold
State Rep. Vernon Jones
CJ Pearson
Eugene Yu
State Rep. Mark Finchem
State Sen. Doug Mastriano
State Rep. Anthony Kern
Ed Martin
Brandon Straka
Joe Flynn
Shemeka Michelle
Rose Tennent
Michael Coudrey
Alex Bruesewitz
Kimberly Fletcher
Melissa Tate
Megan Barth
Courtney Holland
Ian Smith
Matt Couch
John Schlafly
Jim Hoft
Maggie VandenBerghe
Austen Fletcher
Rogan O'Handley
Andrew Pollack
Ricky Rebel
Lucian Wintrich
Jason Jones
Rob Weaver
Arina Grossu
Tim Canova
Rep Ted Budd
Ryan Fournier
Pastor Darrell Scott
Abby Johnson
Lance Wallnau
Chandler Crump
March to Save America

Coordinating Organizations 

Stop the Steal
Turning Point Action
Rule of Law Defense Fund
Phyllis Schlafly Eagels
Moms for America
Women for American First
Tea Party Patriots
Peacably Gather
Eighty Percent Coalition
Black Conservatives Fund

Websites Used to Coordinate Stop the Steal Rally and March 

March to Save America

Key Twitter Hashtags Used During the Stop the Steal Rally and Capitol Riot



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