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QAnon Wasn’t The Biggest Common Factor In The Capitol Riot — Here’s What Was

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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Beyond the belief that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, many of the individuals that comprised the crowd that broke into the Capitol building had something in common — and it isn’t QAnon beliefs or white supremacy.

In the public aftermath of an unruly pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol during the certification of the Electoral College results, a number of prominent figures insisted they were QAnon conspiracy theorists or white supremacists. However, now that many of the names of those arrested over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have been released, The New York Times reported that a relatively small number of those arrested had ties to militant groups or believed in QAnon conspiracy theories. A much more sweeping and prominent commonality between those arrested seems to be economic despair, according to The Washington Post.