During the period between November 3, 2020 and January 20, 2021, many supporters of the 45th president believed that he would ultimately win re-election. These beliefs were advanced and enabled by promises from Trump’s attorneys; however, these promises were never delivered on.
Groups like the Proud Boys and QAnon were part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have since made multiple arrests; prior to the swearing-in of Joe Biden, multiple Capitol Hill rioters pleaded for the 45th president to pardon them. Needless to say, Trump did not oblige.
According to Washington Examiner, the Proud Boys and QAnon are now upset that Trump did not get a second term; some of the rage these groups are feeling is now being directed at the 45th president.
The Far Right vs. the 45th President
Since the January 6 insurrection, Trump delivered multiple condemnations of the events that took place. While in office, the 45th president stated that the actions of the rioters at the Capitol run contrary to his agenda; Trump also declared that all persons who broke the law earlier this month will be held accountable.
This isn’t sitting well with Proud Boys or QAnon believers. Amid legal consequences for Proud Boys members who broke into the Capitol, the group is now attacking Trump after pledging loyalty to him.
"In a Telegram post on Friday, [The Proud Boys] accused Mr. Trump of 'instigating' the events at the Capitol, adding that he then 'washed his hands of it.'" https://t.co/54c1HGvMV4
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 22, 2021
Since multiple arrests, the Proud Boys are now referring to the 45th president as “extraordinarily weak” and a “total failure.” The far-right group is additionally slamming Trump for leaving the White House and not securing a second term.
QAnon supporters in legal trouble are also now turning on the 45th president. One believer alleges that he was “duped” by Trump into storming the U.S. Capitol. Others decried “false hope” and misinformation, claiming that the 45th president victimized or conned them.
The January 6 Showdown
While President Trump did urge supporters to be in D.C. on January 6, he did not tell anyone to break into the U.S. Capitol.
The siege against the Capitol breached all law and order, something that Trump consistently championed throughout his time in politics. This is why the 45th president condemned the events that happened earlier this month.
Today is Inauguration Day. It will be a milestone day for QAnon supporters. We may see splintering as Biden takes office between those realizing QAnon isn't real & those doubling down & moving the goalposts. Here's a poll from a QAnon Telegram channel today suggesting a divide. pic.twitter.com/CDdG2vm5ZD
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) January 20, 2021
Trump’s stance on law and order also explains why he did not pardon any of the individuals who were arrested for the mobbing on January 6. Multiple advisers to the 45th president additionally advised him against issuing any pardons to Capitol rioters.
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