There have been many images floating around of some of the nutters involved in the insurrection which invaded the Capitol building in Washington DC last week. Most of the photos were Trump followers, who were simply idiots who were so supremely gullible that they believe anything Trump says. There was one person in what looked like a bearskin hat with a pair of protruding horns, face painted and lacking a shirt. He has been arrested and charged1.There was a woman in a tutu wearing stars and stripes leggings. There were various people waving the United States flag, Trump banners and the Battle flag of the confederate states. However, there were others there too, some of whom were not only gullible idiots like those above. They included the following:
- A man with a windcheater emblazoned with a stylised large ‘Q’ in red white and blue. The Q refers to the QAnon nutters who will believe almost any conspiracy theory going around, such as the election was stolen; a paedophile ring operated out of pizza shop basement, etc. etc. This person has been arrested and charged2.
- A man with a long beard and long hair had a black windcheater with the front having a skull and crossbones in white, above which was ‘Camp Auschwitz’ an allusion to the nazi death camp from the Second World War, and below which was the phrase ‘work brings freedom’, which is a rough English translation of the sign above the entrance to Auschwitz death camp ‘arbeit macht frei’ (work makes you free). On the back of his black windcheater was the word ‘staff’3. It has been suggested that it was he who bashed a policeman over the head with a fire extinguisher. The policeman later died.
- A man with a beard and long hair wore a t-shirt with the motto ‘6MWE’. This was over a stylised eagle motif, and under which was a fasces. This was the emblem adopted by Mussolini of a bundle of sticks with an axehead protruding from the bundle. This is from where the term fascism originated. The 6MWE alludes to the holocaust in which about 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis in places like Auschwitz. 6MWE stands for ‘6 million weren’t enough’4.
These are some of the people to whom Trump appeals, and who he has encouraged, and incited to invade the Capitol building. Anyone who thinks these people will go away if a few of them are charged and imprisoned, is misguided. These groups will just wait for another chance, or another, perhaps less stupid Trump-like individual in a position of power. While perhaps not as numerous, some of these groups exist in Australia.