The unmasking, arrests and subsequent ridicule of the rioters comes as US President Donald Trump was impeached for ‘inciting’ the mob to attack the US Capitol.
A stunned world watched as an army of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building on 6 January in what turned out to be an unprecedented act of domestic terrorism – the first time since the War of 1812 that the seat of US democracy had been breached.
The Trump-inspired rioters, many bedecked with “Make America Great Again” baseball caps and military-style gear, breached barricades, smashed windows, and ransacked the Capitol building.
But now, as authorities begin the hunt to unmask and arrest the offenders, the smug confidence on display on 6 January has dissipated and people on the internet just couldn’t resist the chance to take a dig at the raiders.
The meme “How it started Vs. How it’s going” started circulating on social media where people are sharing side-by-side images of Trump’s raiders during their brief Capitol conquest and their mortified mugshots.
And then, an avalanche of online comments on how ‘The Raiders of the Lost Trump’ shaved their beards in an unsuccessful attempt to evade identification and arrest.