Before stepping into his role as Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer (D-New York) was hiding from supporters of then-US president Donald Trump as they stormed the Capitol.During the incident, the senator reportedly heard one rioter yell, “Where’s the big Jew?” according to a report by The New York Times. “January 6 was the best of times,” Schumer said in an interview in his office, “and it was the worst of times.”Schumer secured his job as senate majority leader as soon as Democrat Jon Ossoff was confirmed to win the final Georgia Senate race that would give the Democratic Party the majority. The former Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), thus became the Senate minority leader. With this victory, Schumer has become the first Jewish person to hold the title. Just recently, he helped pass Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package through the Senate. Widespread criticism of the Capitol riots have pointed out both comments and symbols of racist and antisemitic messaging since the event took place. One Israeli journalist reporting live from the riots was harassed by a protester who kept asking him what a "goy" is and asking him why Israel "continues to take American aid."He then called the reporter a "yid," an antisemitic slur for a Jewish person.Another protester was photographed wearing a "Camp Auschwitz" T-shirt that said "staff" on the back.QAnon slogans – which present far-right conspiratorial claims, often backed by antisemitic rhetoric – were seen throughout the riots, including "Q" and "trust the plan."
The Neo-Nazi group NSC-131 also joined the insurrection, according to reporter Hilary Sargent. NSC stands for Nationalist Social Club and has small regional chapters in the United States and abroad. The 131 division is from New England.