The "how it started vs. how it's going" meme is a fitting end to these conspiracy theory enthusiasts' rampage story.
Last week a bunch of entitled, unruly Trumpers broke into the U.S. Capitol building and left it looking like the aftermath of a frat party gone horribly wrong. Their unabashed glee and guttural victory cries sent chilling echoes across social media as those at home watched in horror how the rioters rampaged through the sacred symbol of democracy. Well, the tides have turned in the days since their violent riot and so have their smiles. This incredibly satisfying turn of events has provided the internet with the opportunity to give these conspiracy theory enthusiasts the popular "how it started vs. how it's going" meme treatment and might I just say, they're *chef's kiss*
According to BBC, Michael Sherwin — US Attorney for the District of Columbia — said Tuesday that over 160 case files have been opened and 70 people charged so far. Steven D'Antuono, the head of the FBI's Washington field office, revealed that since seeking the public's aid in identifying those photographed at the siege, they have been inundated with information and tips. Civilians have sent in about 100,000 videos and photos till now, some of which have already helped in arresting and charging rioters.
When you voted for a travel ban and end up part of a travel ban pic.twitter.com/frK12lcAIt— Scott Charles (@TheScottCharles) January 11, 2021
This includes Larry Rendell Brock, who was captured in photographs and videos on the Senate floor clad in a combat helmet, body armor, and other tactical gear while carrying zip-tie handcuffs. His ex-wife of 18 years reported him to the FBI after recognizing him from the photographs and he has since been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Some of the misdemeanor charges filed against the accused are "just the beginning", said Sherwin, adding that officials are looking at "significant felony cases" tied to sedition and conspiracy.
Here are some of the people who face charges in connection with the Capitol riot. https://t.co/U3RZXTZaiu— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 14, 2021
Another rioter who got his due after going for a fun hike inside the Capitol building is 36-year-old Adam Johnson who was seen smiling wide and waving as he carried Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern out of the House chambers of the Capitol last Wednesday in a widely shared photograph. Johnson now faces charges of government property theft, violent entry, and disorderly conduct his defense attorney Dan Eckhart is well aware that it would take a miracle to get his client out of this mess that he created. "I'm not a magician […] so yeah we've got a photograph of our client who appears to be inside the federal building with government property," Eckhart told reporters Monday.
Here’s Eckhart’s comment on vid.— Josh Sidorowicz WTSP (@JoshWTSP) January 11, 2021
Johnson was released from federal court in #Tampa today on a $25K bond. He surrendered his passport and submitted to wearing a tether. A prelim hearing is set for Jan 19 in DC, the day before Biden’s inauguration. @10TampaBay pic.twitter.com/4EXZSuknkv
I'm sure we'll get to hear many more similarly entertaining stories in the days to come and until then, let's enjoy these glorious memes:
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/NhqrKYjld4— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) January 11, 2021
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/NVravrtadc— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 9, 2021
Heyyy I get to make one of these!!— Alt Tax Pro - WEAR A DAMN MASK (@AltTaxPro) January 7, 2021
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/nFTn0oMmHk
How it started: How it's going: pic.twitter.com/p0K9gWopZr— Bradley Hughes (@HughesinAZ) January 13, 2021
How it started, how it's going.— Incitatus (@The_Bealzabubba) January 9, 2021
Doug Jensen of Des Moines. pic.twitter.com/zmpynRIGv6