Matt Braynard served as the data chief for former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and he’s helping organize a return to the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters to rally in support of what he calls “political prisoners” who have been arrested and charged for their role in the Jan. 6 insurrection that left five people dead.
Appearing on Steve Bannon’s podcast, Braynard remarked:
“We’re going back to the Capitol, right where it started. And it’s going to be huge.”
According to HuffPost, Braynard says the next Capitol rally is planned for Sept. 18:
The protest, “Justice for J6,” has been set for Sept. 18 at the Capitol. It’s being orchestrated by the group Look Ahead America, headed by Braynard.
“As we continue to raise the profiles of these individuals” who have been arrested, it “makes it harder and harder for the left’s phony narrative about an insurrection to stick,” Braynard told Bannon. “We’re going to push back on the phony narrative that there was an insurrection.”
Despite multiple dramatic videos of scenes to the contrary, Braynard told Bannon the crowd that day was “largely peaceful” — and simply “egged on in many cases by the Capitol Police.”
Of course, such a rally would have to be approved by officials in Washington, D.C., but according to Braynard, he has already contacted the Metropolitan Police Department and gotten permission for the rally.
MDC confirmed that a rally was indeed planned, but refused to say if a permit had been issued for the Justice for J6 event in September.
Braynard revealed that the rally is planned for the West Lawn of the Capitol, which was also the site of rioting in January. He also noted that his group will only be marching in support of “nonviolent” Capitol protesters:
That includes Ashli Babbit, who crawled through a broken window in a barricaded door to get to members of Congress. As a mob of rioters yelled “Let’s go” and “Fuck the blue,” a Capitol Police officer warned Babbit to stop before he fatally shot her. (The incident can be seen in a disturbing video here.)
Braynard claimed that Babbit had been “executed.” The officer who shot her has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
A House Select Committee is currently holding hearings to investigate exactly what took place in January and is expected to release a report on its findings within the next year.
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