Friday, January 8, 2021

No, that photo didn't depict women rescuing ballot boxes; Attorney General says the calls were sent without his knowledge; Zip tie man identified

Buzzfeed:

There are multiple tweets with thousands of interactions saying that the below image shows the assistants transporting the votes as insurrectionist mobs infiltrated the Capitol on Wednesday.
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"The Electoral College votes are always carried to the House chamber for the VP to count. These women were not 'saving' the votes."
A video posted later showed the woman in the photo, holding a Trump flag in one hand and Nibo’s wig in another: “I did that,” she boasted. “I did the first scalping of the new civil war.” The crowd around her roared in cheers.
On Wednesday morning, Ginni Thomas—wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—endorsed the rally in Washington demanding that Congress overturn the election. She then sent her “LOVE” to the demonstrators, who violently overtook the Capitol several hours later. Two days later, Thomas amended her post with the addendum: “[Note: written before violence in US Capitol].” 
An arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, a national group representing the top law enforcement officers in their states, sent out robocalls encouraging people to march to the U.S. Capitol the day before the building was stormed by a pro-Trump mob.

“At 1 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” said the voice on the recording, which was obtained by NBC News.
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In a statement to NBC News, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, who runs the fund, said the calls were sent out without his knowledge.
One by one the insurrectionists are identified.