Before the Pro-Trump supporter’s violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, a political consultant warned about what was to come; however, proper authorities did not listen.
On December 21, more than two weeks before the attack, Arieh Kovler tweeted, “On January 6, armed Trumpist militias will be rallying in DC, at Trump’s orders.”
“It’s highly likely that they’ll try to storm the Capitol after it certifies Joe Biden’s win. I don’t think this has sunk in yet.”
Since 2015, Kovler has studied extremist Trump message boards, GQ mentions.
During an interview, GQ asked Kovler about what led to his prediction, which resulted in being what happened on Jan.6.
“We first encountered Trumpism bubbling up through the Chans—4Chan, 8Chan, 2Chan—and Reddit,” he replied. “In around 2015, it emerged into an essentially performative act.”
Kovler mentioned that Trump supporters initially supported him because they thought he was funny, but eventually, they convinced themselves to believe their joke. Once he became a nominee for the Republican party, his following became widespread.
“You can see that, basically, the day Trump put out his call saying “big rally in Washington on the 6th,” the die was cast,” Kovler stated. ”
“I’m sure that there were going to be people coming on the 6th anyway, but once Trump said “be there,” they interpreted that as a call to action, as their marching orders. Trump supporters thought they would come and would be called on to do something.”
By the beginning of 2021, Kovler knew something terrible was ensuing.
“You could see the discussion become less abstract. By last week, these people were sharing maps of DC. They were talking about having enough of them that they would be able to erect basically their own cadre around the entire area of Congress.”
“They had a map of the tunnels [in the basement of the Capitol], and they were talking about how they’re going to be able to stop Congress from leaving. They imagined that this was the day there were going to be mass executions of Congressmen.”
The magazine then asked Kovler thoughts on why the execution of members of Congress didn’t happen.
“A lot of these people were there for the ride. I think that had things gotten more violent, there would have been a lot of people who would be very willing to go along with it. I think that ultimately the police successfully kept elected officials out of the hands of these people.”
When asked if he believes Trump’s followers will attempt another attack in the coming weeks, he replied, “I don’t think so.”
“First, the inauguration is done with the Secret Service and the FBI. It’s a different ballgame. I think the next couple of days, statehouses need to watch out. That’s where I would be looking at. I don’t think there’s going to be another thing in DC.”