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Trump Supporters Who Attempted The Coup At The US Capitol Flaunted Racist And Hateful Symbols

The mob of rioters carried Confederate flags, hung nooses, and paraded white supremacist symbols as they violently breached the Capitol.

Last updated on January 7, 2021, at 1:34 p.m. ET

Posted on January 6, 2021, at 10:11 p.m. ET

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A Trump supporter carries a Confederate battle flag through the US Capitol.

In a day that will go down as one of the darkest in American history, thousands of Donald Trump's supporters waved Confederate flags, hung nooses, and paraded white supremacist symbols as they violently breached the US Capitol on Wednesday.

Shrouded in racist and hateful imagery, the pro-Trump mob forced elected officials to flee as they were certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election in a terrifying insurrection that saw one woman fatally shot during the violence.

They made a noose from the camera cord and hung it from a tree.

Twitter: @pdmcleod

A noose outside the Capitol building @WTRF7News #WashingtonDC #Washington #washingtonrally #DC #capitol (Getty IMages)

Twitter: @JohnLynchWTRF

At least one of the rioters who stormed the building was pictured wearing a "Camp Auschwitz" sweatshirt in reference to the Nazi Germany–operated concentration camp where more than 1 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

That guy's hoodie says "Camp Auschwitz."

Twitter: @fordm

Outside the Capitol, Trump supporters flashed the once-innocuous “OK” hand signal that has been adopted as a white power symbol and is now often used by pro-Trump and alt-right figures to troll the media.

Reuters stream focusing in on a rowdier crowd, some wearing helmets and vests. In the audio, they're talking about "treason" and "watering the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots." Also flashing white power hand signs.

Twitter: @BrandyZadrozny

Others donned Pepe the frog paraphernalia, another previously harmless meme character that has been co-opted by white nationalists as an anti-Semitic symbol.

This Trump supporter’s kit includes Pepe the Frog goggles

Twitter: @willsommer

Trump supporters carried Confederate battle flags as they descended on the nation's capital and wore shirts describing the day's actions as a civil war.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
Eric Baradat / AFP via Getty Images

I asked these guys if civil war was what they wanted. “Yes” they replied

Twitter: @misstessowen

Others flew a green and black banner known as the Kekistan flag, another symbol used by far-right white nationalist groups that was modeled after a German Nazi war flag.

That green, black, and white flag is known as the Kekistan flag. It signals support for far-right white nationalist terroristic violence. Via @madprofes

Twitter: @nickbelardes

Rioters also left messages calling for violence against journalists, writing "murder the media" on a Capitol building door.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.