A chilling viral video taken during the Capitol riot shows a lone Trump supporter begging Capitol police to intervene as the mayhem begins to spiral out of control.
The video, posted to TikTok by user @chevlove68, begins after the rally has already transformed into a riot. A man in a jacket and MAGA hat approaches a group of Capitol police officers standing apart from the crowd.
“Why are you letting this happen?” the man asks exasperatedly. “Why haven’t you called for backup? Where is your backup? This is our damn Capitol building, and y’all are letting it get destroyed on your watch. Fuck all of you. Call for backup. Get some help down here.”
The Capitol police officers stand impassively as the Trump supporter continues to plead with them, their expressions hidden behind helmets and gas masks.
“If they don’t want to give you fucking backup, they obviously don’t give a shit about you,” the Trump supporter continues. “These people want blood.”
With that, the man turns and disappears into the crowd. The video ends soon afterward.
Many viewers were shocked to find at least one naysayer among the crowd of pro-Trump rioters.
“That’s a real patriot,” the top comment on TikTok reads. “No matter how mad he is about elections, still puts country first. Can’t say the same about the other hooligans.”
On Reddit, where the video eventually spread, people were similarly impressed.
“He came for a protest, not an insurrection,” one commenter wrote.
“That moment when you realize you’re on the wrong side of history,” another added.
Others were not so willing to forgive, however.
“One person with common sense does not cancel the thousands of ppl who were there to destroy,” one commenter wrote. “And the damage done.”
“Not y’all calling him a real patriot/hero for having common sense,” another person added. “He shouldn’t have been there at all.”
Much of the TikTok comment section comprised arguments over who was really behind the Capitol riot. While most people agree with the ample evidence showing that Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, some still continue to argue that antifa was behind the attack. This is an especially popular claim among Trump supporters looking to shirk responsibility for the armed insurrection.
Many commenters took the video as proof that Capitol police were involved in the riot behind the scenes. Their inaction in the face of an armed insurrection shocked and offended viewers.
“They didn’t get backup because it was planned…by them,” one person wrote.
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