At round 3:18 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021, a
rioter pulled Officer Michael Fanone into the group, the place he was tased
and crushed, as an offended mob continued to attempt to break into the U.S.
Capitol constructing. The Decrease West Terrace was the scene of among the
most violent skirmishes. Roughly half-hour later, Republican Sen. Janae
Shamp, of Shock, was within the crowd, watching issues unfold.
supplied to the Arizona Mirror by extremist researchers, Shamp, alongside
along with her husband, may be seen within the giant crowd that gathered alongside the
Decrease West Terrace of the Capitol on Jan. 6 exterior of a tunnel
entrance that turned the forefront of violent clashes that may flip
Rosanne Boyland, a Trump fan there that day to assist the previous president, would die from acute amphetamine intoxication whereas
making an attempt to assist others breach the Capitol by the small tunnel
that cops had been holding for hours. Footage reviewed by the
Mirror exhibits Shamp not removed from Boyland moments earlier than she is overtaken by the group, nonetheless, Shamp was circuitously concerned with Boyland or the violence that occurred.
The footage reviewed
led the Mirror to find extra video of Shamp and her husband in
Washington D.C. on Jan. 6. It additionally helped the Mirror set up a
timeline of the place Shamp was and shed additional mild on her beliefs,
uncovered by unbiased extremist researcher Haley Orion, recognized on-line
as Arizona Proper Wing Watch, who despatched the Senator a buddy request to
her non-public Gab account.
“I knew January seventh on our means house
from Washington DC that We the Folks should become involved in or the
corruption goes to destroy our stunning Republic!” a Telegram put up,
seen by the Mirror, from Shamp says.
Within the days after the violent occasions
of Jan. 6, Shamp would share conspiracy theories on her Gab account
surrounding Jan. 6 and the upcoming swearing in of President Joe Biden.
Most of the posts featured QAnon conspiracy theories that by no means got here to
fruition, predicting mass arrests of members of the “Deep State.”
Shamp, an ardent supporter of
President Trump, has beforehand denied information of QAnon when requested
about her beliefs. Shamp was the co-chair of a controversial particular
legislative committee which shared the identical acronym as a well-liked QAnon
The Novel Coronavirus Southwestern
Intergovernmental Committee, or NCSWIC, shared the acronym with the
QAnon slogan, “Nothing Can Cease What’s Coming,” a phrase parroted by
QAnon adherents, suggesting that mass arrests and even executions of
members of the “Deep State” could be coming. Shamp referred to as any hyperlink
between QAnon and the committee title a “goofy accusation” regardless of
audio system having connections to QAnon and her personal Fb historical past of posting QAnon content material, together with the phrase.
Shamp didn’t reply to repeated requests for remark about her whereabouts on Jan. 6 or her posts on Gab.
Shamp on Jan. 6
Footage reviewed by the Mirror seems to indicate Shamp
and her husband attending the rally close to the White Home the place Trump
spoke early within the day. Shamp, carrying a hat with fur on it, may even be
seen showing to sing alongside to Journey’s “Don’t Cease Believing” as
they await the then-president to talk.
It wouldn’t be till late within the afternoon that Shamp and her husband had been once more noticed on digital camera.
The Decrease West Terrace of the Capitol
was the situation of among the most vicious preventing between police
and rioters. Shamp may be seen in footage on the Decrease West Terrace at
round 4 p.m. The Mirror decided this by evaluating footage of Shamp
that was supplied to the Mirror to different footage of Jan. 6 with
timestamps, in addition to utilizing occasions that occurred on the Decrease West
Terrace to find out an approximate time.
By this time, Ashli Babbitt had
already been shot contained in the Capitol, the Capitol had already been
breached at a number of factors and police had already issued a number of
requests asking crowds to disperse.
On the Decrease West Terrace, Shamp can
be seen watching the tunnel the place rioters had already trampled over
Rosanne Boyland’s physique. Police engaged in a tumultuous 3 hour battle with rioters, who had been making an attempt to breach the Capitol, some brandishing weapons like sledgehammers and poles.
A number of officers had been injured, dragged and crushed within the tunnel as police and rioters exchanged blows and chemical brokers.
Only a few yards from the place the tunnel combat was occurring, at roughly the identical time Shamp was current, rioters had been additionally breaking home windows close to the tunnel to realize entry to the Capitol.
The Mirror didn’t discover any proof that Shamp or her husband breached the Capitol or participated in any violence that day.
After Jan. 6, Shamp would go to her account on Gab, a web site favored by the far-right, and repost conspiracy theories about that day, and far more.
Shamp and “The Storm”
After Shamp accepted her buddy
request, extremist researcher Orion gained entry to Shamp’s non-public Gab
account and supplied the Mirror with screenshots of posts and reposts
made by the lawmaker, together with a timeline of her account’s exercise.
Shamp created her account two days after the occasions of Jan. 6. She had beforehand been posting
on one other alt-social media web site favored by conservatives referred to as
Parler. On each websites Shamp had been posting underneath the deal with
On Parler, Shamp had the QAnon slogan “#WWG1WGA” in her bio. WWG1WGA,
that means “The place We Go One, We Go All,” is a phrase used as a rallying
cry among the many so-called “digital troopers” of the QAnon group.
Shamp herself seems to have
thought of herself a “digital soldier,” sharing the “Digital Soldier
Oath” to her Gab web page on Jan. 23, 2021.
Her first put up on Gab was Jan. 8,
the place she stated that the occasions of Jan. 6 had been “not a riot,” claiming it
was a protest about stolen elections. She additionally shared a narrative from a
far-right web site claiming there was no riot that day.
Within the little over a 12 months she was
energetic on the location, Shamp steadily posted and reposted QAnon
conspiracy theories in addition to different conspiracy theories, particularly in
the times main as much as the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
A number of the posts embrace: a put up
claiming Trump was liable for the deaths of “youngster rapists,” that
Biden and Kamala Harris could be arrested on inauguration day, that
Trump would use the emergency broadcast system to announce mass arrests,
that the USA is underneath “maritime regulation,” and that 9/11 was an
Shamp additionally posted in regards to the QAnon
perception in “The Storm,” a prophesied day that the Trump administration
would conduct mass arrests and the executions of 1000’s of members of
an alleged “cabal of pedophiles” that’s alleged to exist throughout the
authorities and society.
“What are they constructing on the garden
on the (White Home)? Why do they appear to be mass gallows to me? Am I
projecting once more?” Shamp stated in a put up after the inauguration. Some
QAnon believers believed that Trump could be inaugurated on March 4, a
perception that Shamp appeared to sign to
a couple of days prior by sharing a put up that included the false perception that
the USA had turned itself into a company in 1871,
returning the official inauguration date to March 4.
Shamp would proceed posting QAnon
content material coming from strictly QAnon accounts, many sharing QAnon slogans
and conspiracy theories within the weeks instantly following Jan. 6; 22
days after the violent occasions of Jan. 6, Shamp would repost a picture of
gallows with the phrases “authorities restore package.”
The put up, by a QAnon promoter on Gab,
additionally prompt that courtroom tv needs to be changed with
“hang-em television” and stated “patriots” should be able to “take again our
planet Earth” and ended the put up with the QAnon rally cry “WWG1WGA.”
Shamp’s closing Gab put up could be in
February of 2022, saying her run for legislative district 29,
stating she was “proud and honored” to be operating alongside now Sen.
Steve Montenegro and Rep. Austin Smith.
Shamp didn’t reply to questions
about her posts or if she had been contacted by native or federal regulation
enforcement about her and her husband’s actions on Jan. 6.
Haley Orion contributed to this report.