An heiress to the Publix Super Markets chain donated about $ 300,000 to fund a demonstration that preceded the invasion of the US Capitol this month by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
The newspaper reports that funding for Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a major donor to the Trump campaign in 2020, was facilitated by far-right presenter Alex Jones. According to the publication, her money covered most of the cost of the $ 500,000 rally at Ellipse Park, where Trump spoke and urged his supporters to “fight.”
More than 135 people were arrested in connection with the January 6 attack on the Capitol, when Congress met to certify Democratic Joe Biden’s victory in the November elections. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died.
Some analysts argue that security agencies treated Trump supporters who invaded the Capitol with “kid gloves” while harshly repressing racial justice protests in 2020 – Photo: Reuter / BBC
According to the newspaper, Jones personally promised more than $ 50,000 in cash for the rally in exchange for a space to speak of his choice. Jones, who publicized discredited conspiracy theories, received leaders from the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, two extremist groups who were prominent in the turmoil, on their popular Internet radio and video programs.
Jones and Fancelli were contacted by the Wall Street Journal, but did not respond.
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