Veterans cleaning up after Trump’s ragtag insurrection attempt


Ben Peifer

When Capitol Hill was in chaos on Jan. 6, David Smith was there.

Smith, 40, was distributing hand-warmers to homeless people nearby when the siege started. He watched in disbelief as a menacing mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“It was pretty gut wrenching to see,” said Smith, who retired less than a month ago after serving in the Navy for 13 years.

As a veteran, he was especially horrified, he said, to learn that his fellow vets participated in the insurrection, including Jake Angeli, also known as the “QAnon Shaman,” and Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed in the Capitol…

Smith decided he wanted to do something about it, calling on a group of fellow veterans and volunteers to do a thorough sweep of the area around the Capitol and downtown D.C. Beyond ridding the area of hateful markings, Smith hoped to reinforce that the veterans who participated in the siege do not represent them all.

My kind of military. My kind of veteran.

One thought on “Veterans cleaning up after Trump’s ragtag insurrection attempt

  1. 4therecord says:

    ● “Members of President Donald Trump’s failed presidential campaign played key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to an Associated Press review of records, undercutting claims the event was the brainchild of the president’s grassroots supporters.” https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-donald-trump-capitol-siege-campaigns-elections-d14c78d53b3a212658223252fec87e99 See also https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/534679-trump-allies-washington-insiders-helped-plan-rallies-before-capitol
    ● “FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack (1/18/21) https://apnews.com/article/biden-inauguration-joe-biden-capitol-siege-ap-top-news-857bacc273e16ff82dc9fefed1242ae8
    ● “Chilling video captured by a New Yorker reporter circulating online shows a complicated mix of preparation and spontaneous violence during a riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, political violence expert Robert Pape said Sunday.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/01/18/new-yorker-video-us-capitol-rioters-luke-mogelson/4198301001/
    ● “A Reporter’s Footage from Inside the Capitol Siege” (New Yorker 1/17/21) https://www.newyorker.com/news/video-dept/a-reporters-footage-from-inside-the-capitol-siege
    ● “41 minutes of fear: A video timeline from inside the Capitol siege” (1/16/21) https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2021/01/16/video-timeline-capitol-siege/?arc404=true
    ● “An insurrection of upper-middle class white people” https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/attytood/capitol-breach-trump-insurrection-impeachment-white-privilege-20210112.html
    ● “FBI investigating if Capitol rioter stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop to sell to Russia”
    https://nypost.com/2021/01/18/fbi-probes-if-capitol-rioter-stole-pelosi-laptop-to-sell-to-russia/
    ● Blocked from social media, extremists discuss turning to radios to plan attacks, FCC warns” (117/21) https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/17/tech/fcc-radio-extremist-social-media-attack/index.html

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