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“Steven Gardiner, Research Director at Political Research Associates, told Gizmodo that while members of both groups stormed the Capitol, they did so as part of a far more expansive anti-democratic movement on the far right. He specifically pointed to research by the University of Chicago Project on Security and Threats showing those arrested in connection in the attack appeared to be part of a disturbingly broad mass movement largely centered around conspiracy theories like QAnon or the Great Replacement (which claims whites are being systematically replaced by racial and ethnic minorities) that bears distinct differences from previous patterns of right-wing extremism. One example is that the insurrectionists on Jan. 6 were largely comprised of middle-aged Americans in the professional class, rather than the type of younger, disaffected male stereotypically associated with fringe groups.”

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