An heiress to the Publix Super Markets chain donated about $300,000 to fund a rally that preceded the lethal storming of the US Capitol this month by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
The Journal mentioned the funding from Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a outstanding donor to Trump’s 2020 marketing campaign, was facilitated by far-right present host Alex Jones. It mentioned her cash paid for the lion’s share of the roughly $500,000 rally on the Ellipse park the place Trump spoke and urged his supporters to “to fight.”
More than 135 folks have been arrested in reference to the January 6 assault on the Capitol as Congress met to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory within the November election. Five folks together with a Capitol Police officer died.
According to the Journal, Jones personally pledged greater than $50,000 in seed cash for the rally in trade for a talking slot of his selection. Jones, who has publicized discredited conspiracy theories, has hosted leaders of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, two extremist teams that have been outstanding on the riot, on his common radio and web video exhibits, it mentioned.
Jones didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Fancelli couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
In a Twitter submit, Publix Super Markets mentioned Fancelli will not be an worker of the chain, “and is neither involved in our business operations, nor does she represent the company in any way. We cannot comment on Mrs. Fancelli’s actions.”
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