Editor’s Note: Violence at the Capitol Had Its Roots in Anti-Choice Violence

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Editor’s Note: Violence at the Capitol Had Its Roots in Anti-Choice Violence

Jessica Mason Pieklo

For abortion providers accustomed to violent protesters who believe the rule of law does not apply to them, what happened Wednesday was eerily familiar.

As members of Congress were certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election and formally declaring Joe Biden the winner, President Trump’s supporters laid siege to the Capitol building.

Wednesday’s events were the inevitable escalation of years of anti-democratic rhetoric coming from the Trump administration, and Rewire News Group has been covering it from the start. From the first days of Trump’s presidency, far-right agitators like the Proud Boys did not just find a home in the Trump administration—they also wielded influence with an ideology steeped in toxic masculinity that erupted once again Wednesday.

But it’s not just the Proud Boys. Before rioters stormed the Capitol, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R) was photographed raising his fist in solidarity. Hawley, along with Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, continued to advance Trump’s false claims of voter fraud even after Wednesday’s Capitol siege and in the face of indisputable evidence to the contrary. And while these actions are undeniably outrageous, they are also completely predictable from lawmakers who frequently peddle in lies in order to roll back abortion access.

For abortion providers accustomed to violent protesters who believe the rule of law does not apply to them, what happened Wednesday was eerily familiar. Rewire News Group has reported on the deep ties between fascists and anti-choice protesters. Last fall, we uncovered the troubling connections between the QAnon conspiracy and anti-choice movements, both of which were on full, treasonous display on Wednesday.

Fascists took their playbook national on Wednesday, but they’ve been training in anti-choice spaces for decades now, and RNG will continue reporting on their efforts to undermine the rule of law.