From PolitiFact Texas:
Not long after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton addressed a large “Save America” rally of Trump loyalists outside the White House on Wednesday, they marched on the Capitol and breached the building as Congress sought to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
But Paxton had his own ideas about the mob carrying pro-Trump flags and signs.
On Thursday morning, he took to Facebook to advance a conspiracy theory that the people who overtook the Capitol were not Trump supporters, but members of antifa.
“Those who stormed the capitol yesterday were not Trump supporters. They have been confirmed to be Antifa,” Paxton wrote. “Violence is not the answer.”
Paxton’s post cited two sources: a screenshot of a tweet by right-wing journalist Paul Sperry and a screenshot of a Washington Times article with the headline, “Facial recognition firm claims antifa infiltrated Trump protestors who stormed capitol.”
Hear how Ken Paxton’s claim scored in the player above.