The false narratives about the events of January 6 have evolved over the past few months, with different politicians adding new, more wild conspiracy theories to the mix and trying to use congressional hearings meant to investigate the riot instead to promote their rewriting of history.
Immediately after the riot, some Republicans started falsely blaming supposed left-wing agitators for causing the riot and in the following months a small number of lawmakers began claiming the riot was actually a peaceful protest, promoting a conspiracy theory that the FBI was involved and saying the Capitol Police had “executed” one of the rioters.
For his part, former President Donald Trump has kept many of these false narratives alive, saying on Fox News in July that the riot was “peaceful” and there was “love in the air.”
In the days following the riot, several Republican allies of Trump, including Reps. Paul Gosar, Matt Gaetz and Mo Brooks, attempted to shift blame for the violence to supposed left-wing activists, namely Antifa.
‘Peaceful protest’ and a ‘normal tourist visit’
Some Republicans have tried to paint the events of January 6 as mostly peaceful except for a few bad apples.