In the past week or two, Trumpworld has coalesced around a different element of the day’s events as a way to blame outside influence for what followed: the pipe bombs left outside of the Democratic and Republican Party headquarters the night before.
There was Tucker Carlson on his Fox News show last week, suggesting that the House select committee investigating the violence that day was somehow avoiding looking at the attempting bombing, insisting that they — “They” — had “stopped talking about this person.”
There was Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), tweeting something similar on Wednesday evening.
“A person placing pipe bombs at the RNC and the DNC was targeting both political parties the night before the J6 Capitol riot,” she wrote, elevating a tweet from right-wing activist Jack Posobiec echoing Carlson’s claim. “Those should be the phone records subpoenaed. Why don’t they care about the pipe bomber?”
And then there was Trump himself, speaking to right-wing media personality Candace Owens. She began the interview by raising the same idea.