In a press release published on Jan. 7, Kimberly Fletcher, a mother of eight and founder and chairman of MFA, stated that some media outlets were fabricating the alleged violence and looting that happened on Wednesday and explained that most of the actions taken were nonviolent.
“What you are seeing in the media are lies,” Fletcher wrote.
“They are trying to make this all about President Trump and millions of people who love freedom and simply want honest elections we can have confidence in. I am here in D.C. I was at all these events. So, let me share the truth and facts.”
Fletcher explained that MFA had been informed by the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) and its security team before the demonstrations that Antifa and BLM were “communicating through their networks—via email and social media—that they were going to dress like Trump supporters, infiltrate our events and cause trouble.”
The MFA founder further said that by the time the mob of protestors had reached the Capitol, the bike fences had already been turned over or had been moved aside, letting protestors to enter in a peaceful manner as opposed to “storming” in.
“They mostly just walked up the stairs and sat on the steps or stood on the porches. Most of the people at the Capitol were just praying, talking, and singing ‘God Bless America.’ We had no idea what was going on inside the Capitol,” she wrote.
“There was a whole platform of media outside the Capitol looking bored because nothing was happening but people sitting, standing, talking, singing, and praying.”
She explained that the masses of protestors that assembled around the building were of all colors, and ages and “united in one human race.”
They were holding flags, singing, displaying their love for America, kindnesses, and honor for each other, Fletcher wrote.
“We did not lay siege to the Capitol, but a lot of Trump supporters followed once the walls were down … Were there some folks that acted unruly, yes. And while I do not condone the actions, I certainly understand the frustration behind them,” she said.
Fletcher went on to blame the media for twisting and sensationalizing Wednesday’s events, remarking that there was a “30-minute disturbance by a few radicals in amongst thousands of people who were just peaceably assembling.”
“Former Vice President Joe Biden introduced the ‘under siege’ phrase that became the standard talking point for the media,” she maintained.