Decoded Horrors of the Capitol Hill Riot

MatthewsPlace.com
Jan 31 · 5 min read

by Isabella Zollner

What we know about the Capitol Riot only scratches the surface of a much more sinister truth. As I write, the FBI is investigating the collusion and planning that may have gone on behind the scenes to create an insurrection of this size. Several FBI officials have confirmed that this was not only planned beforehand, but hints at a deeper collusion and possible inside job.

Look, we all remember what happened at the Capitol. But so few of us understand the layers of symbols and codes that Trump’s extremists decorated our Capitol with. Flags, shirts, hats, and all sorts of paraphernalia were paraded through our Capitol Building on January 6th. These are three of the most horrifying of those symbols, and what they mean.

The Three Percenters

Release the Kraken Flag

Proud Boys

Photo credit: Credit: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post

Kekistan

Also during Trump’s reign some 4chan members began to believe 4chan could influence the world through random numbers and memes posted on its forums. “Pepe the Frog”, a character from The Boy’s Club, became another popular meme on 4chan around the same time. 4chan members fell deep into the rabbit hole and began to spread the belief that Kek was the name of a deity controlling our world. And although it seems like the majority of the self proclaimed “Cult of Kek” members do it ironically there are certainly people, especially 4chan regulars, that honestly believe this nonsense.

So how does all that relate to the Capitol? Well after the alt-right got bored of their Frog God who controls the world they decided to make up a fictional country for him. Their fake country, called Kekistan, is a blend of white supremacy, cult behavior, and Nazism. Kekistan flags were notably popular at the Capitol Riot and a substantial amount of the Capitol Riot was planned on 4chan and websites like it.

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