On Jan. 6, 2021, as a group of pro-Donald-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol in an apparent attempt to stop the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory, a photograph started to circulate on social media from a make-shift gallows:
This is a genuine photograph of a noose that was erected across from the U.S. Capitol. The photograph was taken by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds and is available via Getty Images with the following caption:
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather across from the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. – Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.
This was not the only noose on display as pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol. Photographer Victor J. Blue captured another that showed a Trump supporter carrying a make-shift mannequin with a noose arounds its neck and the word “traitor” written across its chest.
At least one other noose was displayed during the riot involving a camera cord. At one point, a group of rioters grabbed and destroyed camera equipment. Christal Hayes, a reporter who covers Congress for USA Today, shared a video of the incident:
Outside the Capitol, pro-Trump protesters are smashing cameras and other media equipment yelling “CNN sucks!”
One man took a wooden stick and bashed the pile of destroyed equipment.
This stuff isn’t owned by CNN. They are destroying AP equipment. pic.twitter.com/NeIUUSuYaC
— Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) January 6, 2021
Paul McLeod, a Capitol Hill reporter for Buzzfeed News, posted a photograph shortly afterward that showed how one of the camera cables was twisted into a noose:
They made a noose from the camera cord and hung it from a tree. pic.twitter.com/M9KC7odLAm
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) January 6, 2021