The Wall Street Journal reports:
On Jan. 3, three days before the attack on the Capitol, Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the far-right organization known as the Proud Boys, shared a cryptic post on the messaging app Telegram: “What if we invade it?” The message was sent to his more than 7,000 followers on the app, with the first reply reading “January 6th is D day in America.”
The Wall Street Journal reviewed thousands of posts from the Proud Boys and their members across Parler, Telegram and Gab, the social-media platforms where they rallied supporters online after mostly being banned from Facebook and Twitter.
The messages show the group repeatedly invoking President Trump’s rhetoric in the weeks leading to the Jan. 6 protest as they built momentum toward what became a violent showdown.
House impeachment managers should enter this Wall Street Journal report into the record.
“The Journal’s review, which included now-deleted posts that have been archived … suggests the Proud Boys viewed Mr. Trump’s messages as a call to action.”https://t.co/tGnc3Pp8TE
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) January 17, 2021
“After he urged the crowd to march to the Capitol and said “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore,” a group of men in military-style vests surged into the metal barricade…charged up the stairs and into the Capitol.” https://t.co/ucycuurAIZ
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 17, 2021