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Top Trump donor funded rally that preceded U.S. Capitol riot - WSJ

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -An heiress to the Publix Super Markets chain donated about $300,000 to fund a rally that preceded the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol this month by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

The Journal said the funding from Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent donor to Trump's 2020 campaign, was facilitated by far-right show host Alex Jones. It said her money paid for the lion's share of the roughly $500,000 rally at the Ellipse park where Trump spoke and urged his supporters to "to fight."

More than 135 people have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as Congress met to certify Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the November election. Five people including a Capitol Police officer died.

According to the Journal, Jones personally pledged more than $50,000 in seed money for the rally in exchange for a speaking slot of his choice. Jones, who has publicized discredited conspiracy theories, has hosted leaders of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, two extremist groups that were prominent at the riot, on his popular radio and internet video shows, it said.

Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Fancelli could not immediately be reached for comment.

In a Twitter post, Publix Super Markets said the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was a national tragedy. "The deplorable actions that occurred that day do not represent the values, work or opinions of Publix Super Markets.

"Mrs. Fancelli is not an employee of Publix Super Markets, and is neither involved in our business operations, nor does she represent the company in any way. We cannot comment on Mrs. Fancelli's actions."

Top Trump donor funded rally that preceded U.S. Capitol riot - WSJ
 

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David Bowie
Defcon2 Jan 31, 2021 1:43PM ET
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Parts of Minneapolis burned down. BLM, Antifa and leftists are violent criminals.
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The capital was looted and vandalized and our congressmen were threatened and the so called law and order party and the far right are responsible think the violence lies on the right.
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jail the heirass for funding an insurrection.
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Nope true American patriot here, unlike those right wingers claiming to be.
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Art Fire Jan 31, 2021 4:02AM ET
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To everyone: grow up, stop being drama queens. If you supported the *****attack on our capital you are wrong. If you supported violence in anywhere in the country you are wrong.
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Reuters and the WSJ again doxxing people to fit the leftist narrative. The FBI has come out and through testimony have stated this was planned days in advance and not a result of the rally. Journalism died several years back and these posers report half facts believed only by the most gullible.
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lol leftist narrative...your brain died years ago too
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little Timmy. that's right this rally was planed in advance and it was used by your friends to attack the seat of our government and bring it down in a coup.
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Tim, you Qanon turds don't get it, do you?
 
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