One year after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, how has the threat of far-right violence evolved? An updated investigation from FRONTLINE, ProPublica and Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program, and Exploring Hate.
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On Jan. 6, 2021, rioters breached the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory, encouraged by President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election.
Where does the threat of far-right violence in America stand a year later?
This updated version of the April 2021 documentary “American Insurrection” examines the latest developments and where the movement may be headed, building on four years of reporting by FRONTLINE and ProPublica on far-right extremism in America.
Drawing on timely new interviews with law enforcement and members of Congress, as well as on-the-ground reporting, the documentary finds that while arrests of those involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection temporarily quieted protests and splintered some organized far-right groups, that trend was short-lived.
One year later, correspondent A.C. Thompson reports, the false idea that the election was stolen remains a powerful motivator for crowds that include some of the same extremist characters and groups FRONTLINE and ProPublica have been tracking for years — and Thompson says their ideas appear to be moving into the mainstream as the 2022 midterms approach.
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“American Insurrection” is a FRONTLINE production with Midnight Films, LLC in partnership with ProPublica. The writer and director is Richard Rowley. The producer and correspondent is A.C. Thompson. The producers are Karim Hajj and Jacqueline Soohen. The consulting producer is Ford Fischer. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.
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