Trump supporter Adam Johnson

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No, the infamous Capitol podium thief was not a BLM activist

The man in question is actually a pro-Trump, anti-BLM activist from Florida.


Mikael Thalen


Published Jan 7, 2021   Updated Jan 27, 2021, 4:27 pm CST

Supporters of President Donald Trump are continuing to shift the blame for Wednesday’s unrest in the nation’s capital by suggesting that the chaos was actually caused by left-wing protesters.

After falsely blaming antifa for storming the U.S. Capitol building, which resulted in one female Trump supporter being shot and killed while attempted to breach the Senate chamber, far-right users on social media are now setting their sites on a specific individual.

One man, pictured in pro-Trump merchandise while walking through the Capitol with a podium, is being accused of actually being a Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist.

The evidence? A single photo that purports to show the man at a BLM protest.

But an actual investigation of the man and the photo quickly reveals that the far-right’s latest claim is entirely false.

For starters, the man in the second photo is clearly on the opposing side of the BLM protest. He can be seen behind police across the street from the pro-BLM activists.

Secondly, it appears the man has already been identified and is a long-time Trump supporter out of Florida.

As reported by the Bradeton Herald, the man in question is 36-year-old Adam Johnson.

Twitter users were also able to quickly locate Johnson’s Facebook page, which included photos of himself from inside the Capitol.

Twitter users also alleged that Johnson’s Facebook profile was filled with posts mocking BLM, making claims that he was allied with the movement even less believable.

Johnson is one of several pro-Trump rioters that far-right internet users have attempted to cast as a far-left agitator. So far, no evidence has shown that anyone other than Trump supporters were responsible for the mayhem in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

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*First Published: Jan 7, 2021, 12:36 pm CST