As the US Capitol in Washington D.C. was stormed by Donald Trump supporters – who invaded Congress, forced an evacuation and the traditional electoral college ballot vote to be paused – Australian-based Trump supporters in Melbourne have come out of the woodwork in our own backyards.
On Wednesday night, a parade of protesters were spotted marching up St Kilda Road toward the Melbourne CBD, waving American flags, pro-Trump signs, and chanting “four more years” and “Donald Trump”. The group were also spotted gathering outside the US Consulate General near Fawkner Park in the city’s south.
Meanwhile in Melbourne, Australia: Trump supporters walking down St Kilda Road to the CBD pic.twitter.com/RGgAMOKGNG
— João Pedro Kist (@jaopkist) January 6, 2021
On the other side of the Yarra, a ute decked out in full pro-Trump regalia was spotted driving down Nicholson St in Fitzroy North, with homemade signs pushing the unfounded allegations the recent US election was rigged.
Strange sight in North Fitzroy pic.twitter.com/p6p7tyA2TC
— a port man for all seasons (@entertheportman) January 6, 2021
On the ground in the United States, footage of the crowds storming Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. captured by NBC News shows an Australian flag in amongst the numerous American, Trump, and yellow Gadsden rattlesnake flags.
— Goldie Smith (@goldiemurie) January 6, 2021
Anyone else see this Australian flag?? Am i missing something? pic.twitter.com/SIildtVD3o
— Ryan Rowe (@ryrowe27) January 6, 2021
It’s not confirmed who the person waving the Australian flag in amongst the pro-Trump masses at Capitol Hill was, or whether anything came of the gatherings and protests in Australia, but it’s a turnout that’s seemingly unsurprising – especially for those who have been only getting their information from Sky News.
During the election and the aftermath of the polling, the Rupert Murdoch-owned outlet has been incessantly peddling the unsubstantiated claims that the US election was fraudulent and the win was “stolen” from Trump.
Australia is very relevant to this. SKY News here was used to launder election-theft narratives that no US media would touch. Journalists pretended this was irrelevant because ‘no-one watches it’, when the online audience is in the millions.
— Richard Cooke (@rgcooke) January 6, 2021
probably a good time to note that Sky News Australia played a part in creating this fantasy that the election was stolen, laying the ground for the insurrection. pic.twitter.com/RxGrM8gBhD
— CAMERONWILSON (@cameronwilson) January 6, 2021
If you’ve just woken up and not sure what the fuck is happening right now, here’s an overview of everything that went down in Washington D.C. this morning, which is being labelled as a coup, and has resulted in one death amongst the pro-Trump hoardes.
We’re not even a week into 2021. Jesus Christ.