No one should have been surprised.
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Law enforcement agencies have said they had "no intelligence" indicating that a group of Trump supporters would overpower police and enter the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021. But journalists and researchers who study the online far right say that’s not true. In fact, the groups at the heart of the riot had been planning it for days, in plain sight, on social media — and the signs that an event like this was imminent had been coming for years.
Reporters Logan Jaffe (ProPublica) and Robert Evans (Bellingcat) describe the warning signs they observed weeks, months, and even years before a mob of Trump supporters broke into the US Capitol building.
Propublica: Members of Several Well-Known Hate Groups Identified at Capitol Riot
Propublica: Capitol Rioters Planned for Weeks in Plain Sight. The Police Weren’t Ready.
Bellingcat: How the Insurgent and MAGA Right are Being Welded Together on the Streets of Washington D.C.
SPLC: Extremists Are Cashing in on a Youth-Targeted Gaming Website
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