Proud Boys Leader Charged with Conspiracy in Capitol Riot

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    The Facts

    • Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, the former leader of the Proud Boys, was arrested on Tuesday on federal criminal charges.

    • He was charged with conspiring with other top lieutenants of the group to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election by helping to plan and launch the breach of the US Capitol.


    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    There's no longer any doubt that there was a conspiracy, but it was the conspiracy to rig the 2020 presidential election. Now the Proud Boys and other patriots who acted to stop the steal are facing persecution by the Fake News media and partisan DOJ.

    Left narrative

    "Stand back and stand by" was former President Trump's explicit instruction to the Proud Boys during a 2020 presidential debate against Joe Biden. Every day brings more evidence of the enormity of Trump's plot to undermine American democracy and retain power.


    Establishment split

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