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The bizarre appearance of some of the insurgents may also be puzzling to many - for example the "QAnon shaman". In his appearance he was far removed from the disciplined masses associated with Hitler's brown shirts, for example. But this treacherous combination of silliness and fascism is something very American and has its roots in the Ku Klux Klan. Its members disguised themselves as "ghosts" in white hoods and robes in order to intimidate African-Americans who were considered uneducated and superstitious. Klan members also disguise themselves as rogues and even minstrels to mock their victims, says Talia Lavin, author of Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy.

“Above all, it provided cover for their political allies. They could dismiss the Klan members as frivolous, even though they knew how serious the violence was. And it was an additional mockery for their victims, ”she says.

“You're kind of like: 'We're just kidding, okay?. Just like the Proud Boys say: 'We only drink together.' As if. "

Acronyms from the shadows of the internet are also used. Some rioters wore patches that read WWG1WGA, which means "Where we go one, we go all"Stands, in German something like" Where one of us goes, we all go ". It is a message of solidarity between the followers of QAnon, the conspiracy theory centered on the belief that the world's elite are Satan worshipers who murder children and drink their blood. In December, a photographer shot a Proud Boy walking the streets of D.C. marched while wearing a T-shirt with the lettering 6MWE: "Six million were not enough", In German" Six million were not enough ". The man's shirt proclaims that the Holocaust is not over yet.