A new documentary on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot peels back the curtain on the Democrats’ domestic war on terror launched in the aftermath of the new year’s “insurrection.”
Directed by Christopher Burgard, the 90-minute film features actor Nick Searcy, who personally attended the peaceful demonstrations outside the Capitol, traveling the country to meet with individuals prosecuted over their involvement.
“It didn’t look like a riot. It looked like a tailgate party,” Searcy says as the filmmakers aim to downplay the violence that ensued from the horde of Trump supporters who descended on the massive complex.
The subjects in the film are largely sympathetic, depicted as patriotic supporters of the president who genuinely believed the election had been unfairly stolen, and who were merely caught in the wrong crowd at the wrong time. Many didn’t think they were doing anything wrong when they entered the Capitol building.
“The police were standing there, not saying ‘you can’t come in here,'” says one lady named Laureen Bailey who entered the Capitol with her 74-year-old twin sister, Maureen, in a line of people calmly coming and going.
“They just walked in and walked out, and I thought ‘well, I would like to see what it looks like,'” Maureen said. “I took some photographs; I took a video. I talked to one Capitol police officer and asked if he was upset that we were in there and he just shook his head and said, ‘no.'”
Footage of the day’s events shows some entry points at the Capitol were opened up by police inviting the protesters inside.
Less than one month later, however, the pair of twin sisters were paid a visit by the FBI and told they were put on a list of suspected terrorists. Each was given federal misdemeanor trespass charges which could land them a year in federal prison.
Other subjects were met by law enforcement with far harsher treatment, with military-style crackdowns that terrorized their children in the course of their arrests.
Derek Kinnison, a small business owner in Southern California who was on Capitol grounds but never went inside the building on Jan. 6, described an FBI raid wherein federal agents pulled up in an armored vehicle and deployed a flash-bang grenade. Kinnison was put in handcuffs while his 12-year-old daughter, who was sleeping, was brought out of the house to watch her father be arrested.
Kinnison, who works security at his church, said his intent was to be the “eyes and ears and to protect.”
“We all had medical gear on us,” added Kinnison, who drove to the demonstrations across the country with Tony Martinez, also featured in the film as undergoing a military-style arrest complete with armored vehicles and smashed windows.
“It sounded like war,” said Martinez’s daughter, Isabelle, describing the arrest.
The film depicts Kinnison and Martinez as a team of innocent bystanders merely offering medical assistance to those caught in the unrest on the frontlines against police. The absence of a thorough explanation of their charges, however, undercuts the film’s credibility highlighting the government assault on domestic residents.
A search of the two names will reveal the men drove to D.C. as part of a four-man group that identified with the “Three Percenters” militia as the “DC Brigade,” according to an indictment from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“We will have lots of gear from medical kits, radios, multiple cans of bear spray, knives, flags, plates, goggles, [and] helmets,” Kinnison reportedly wrote in a Telegram group chat in the days leading up to the riot.
Kinnison and Martinez were both indicted for “conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding, and unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds” last summer.
Searcy’s failure to pull out a fully comprehensive explanation of the pair’s planning, or even reference their apparent affiliation with the “Three Percenters” group, is a shot to the documentary’s otherwise critical narrative spelling out government abuse.
In a Senate Judiciary hearing on Tuesday, FBI officials revealed the Justice Department was creating a new unit dedicated to fighting domestic terrorism while refusing to acknowledge to GOP Utah Sen. Mike Lee how many military-style raids the agency conducted on left-wing anarchists from the summer of 2020.
Absent from the film is also any substantive acknowledgment of wrongdoing among those who unlawfully entered the Capitol, either among participants who may have been misled, or among those who fomented the violence that occurred. In its attempts to brush off the violence as agitated by the left-wing group Antifa or the FBI, the latter of which is even likely, the documentary fails to prove its case, and leaves scant evidence up for viewer interpretation.
Theories that Antifa militants provoked the turmoil at the Capitol were conceived from the moment the riot traumatized D.C. politicians into actually caring about political violence. The evidence for Antifa’s involvement showcased in the film, however, is merely testimony from witnesses to video footage of a few protesters mysteriously changing clothes outside the building.
Even if the few demonstrators were Antifa in disguise, the massive size of the Capitol complex would require an army of Antifa militants to pull off a takeover. In other words, far more protesters would be identified as suspicious Antifa actors than several people changing clothes.
Despite its omissions, the overall narrative of the film offers a compelling refutation of the Democrats’ portrait of a deadly riot incited by the now-former president of the United States. The grand “insurrection” at the Capitol included a majority of demonstrators who were merely trespassing, many of whom were ignorant of the crime they were committing.
The documentary is available for purchase here.