A new video trending on Reddit shows a couple inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6, where a rioter tells his wife to put her mask back on so the feds can’t ID her—as he films her for social media.
The footage, posted to Reddit’s popular r/PublicFreakout page, illuminates precisely what types of people made it into the Capitol during the insurrection.
The video was originally uploaded to Parler, which has since been shut down and taken off major app stores.
As he scans the Capitol floor, where numerous other insurrectionists are roaming, his wife pulls down her mask and says, “It’s amazing.”
He promptly tells her, “Put your mask on; I don’t want them to see you.”
While it’s obvious these two aren’t the brightest, it’s important to note that hundreds of people committed, more or less, the same act and did so because they weren’t particularly afraid of the repercussions. Because in their heads, as so-called patriots, there weren’t supposed to be any.
According to Gizmodo, this damning footage was scraped from the Parler app by a programmer who goes by @donk_enby. The report states that before the app was taken down, the programmer managed to “archive most of the site’s content—including videos and photos taken in and around the Capitol” during the insurrection.
Bellingcat, a white-hat hacker group, pulled from the troves of footage and organized them for public consumption. (In fact, the shorter video on Reddit was pulled from an extended clip from YouTube posted by Bellingcat.)
One seditionist even captured himself providing a rundown of his past and future actions at the Capitol while holding a stolen police shield.
Data archivist group Intelligence X also pulled loads of video, likely meant for other mediums on social media.
Meanwhile, a Washington Post report shows a timelapse of Parler users across the mall.
“Using the Parler data (as helpfully collated by Tommy Carstensen),” the article states, “You can see how January 6 unfolded. President Trump gave a speech at the Ellipse south of the White House about noon. As he spoke, people began heading to the Capitol. By 2 p.m., it was being overrun.”
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