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Leading up to the attack, Jones had been at the forefront — along with several other Trump supporters — of amplifying false claims that the election had been rigged.
January 12, 2021
Members of Several Well-Known Hate Groups Identified at Capitol Riot
A ProPublica-FRONTLINE review of the insurrection found several noted hardcore nativists and white nationalists who also participated in the 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
January 9, 2021
Chaos at the Capitol
A violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol on January 6, as Congress met to certify Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. The rioters plotted for weeks beforehand on social media, mobilizing around the president’s false claims of a stolen election and were egged on by him and others at a rally just before they stormed the Capitol.
January 9, 2021
Capitol Rioters Planned for Weeks in Plain Sight. The Police Weren’t Ready.
Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed.
January 7, 2021
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January 19, 2021
Fewer Rejected Ballots Seemed to Be a Win for Voter Access. Trump and Others Disagree.
New mail ballot rules, extensive publicity over how to vote correctly by mail and broadened opportunities to fix minor errors on a ballot before it was discarded worked to limit wide-scale absentee ballot rejections.
December 28, 2020
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December 21, 2020
Watch 2020’s 10 Most-Streamed FRONTLINE Documentaries
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December 18, 2020
Wisconsin Recount Targets 2 Democratic Strongholds, Home to Black and Hispanic Voters
Unlike other places, where the Trump campaign has pursued statewide recounts, the Wisconsin request was limited to Dane and Milwaukee Counties, where Biden held solid leads.
November 25, 2020
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November 25, 2020