CORRECTION: John Sullivan, a far-left activist who violently threatened to remove President Trump from office, entered the Capitol alongside Trump supporters. There is no evidence other individuals even tangentially linked to Antifa infiltrated Trump supporters who stormed the building. The Washington Times published an article last Wednesday claiming the facial recognition company XRVision positively ID’d two Philadelphia-based Antifa members in the Senate chambers. XRVision did not identify Antifa members. The Washington Times has since deleted the article.
A prominent anti-Trump activist who violently threatened to forcibly remove President Trump from office entered the Capitol building alongside pro-Trump rioters Wednesday.
John Sullivan, the founder of the ominous-sounding social justice organization Insurgence USA, claims he was there to “document” the chaos.
Per Fox News:
“There’s this narrative going around right now that Antifa was the people there causing the riots, causing the tension, they were the only people breaking into the Capitol, and I wanted to be able to tell a part of history and show that that was anything but the case,” John Sullivan, the founder of Utah-based Insurgence USA, told Fox News Thursday.
In August 2020 remarks to a small crowd at a Washington, D.C., intersection, Sullivan pointed to the nearby White House and unleashed a torrent of violent rhetoric. “We … about to burn this s— down,” he said. “We gotta … rip Trump right out of that office right there,” he continued, adding, “We ain’t about … waiting until the next election.” He then led the crowd in a chant of, “It’s time for revolution.”
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Sullivan told Fox News he didn’t notice other left-wing activists inside the building. But he added that he couldn’t know for sure without speaking to everyone individually.
Video of the shooting of Ashli Babbitt reportedly shows Sullivan nearby. His group’s website advertised a rally entitled “Kick These Fascists Out of DC” held around the same time Wednesday as the Stop the Steal rally.