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Elizabeth From Knoxville refers to a viral video of a supporter of United States President Donald Trump claiming to have been maced by law enforcement during the “2021 storming of the United States Capitol building. The video inspired jokes, memes, remixes as well as the Onion Towel conspiracy theory, alleging that she dabs her eyes with an onion in the video to induce tears.

Origin

On January 6th, 2021, a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump violently took control of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in hopes of stopping the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win of 2020 United States Presidential Election.

During the riot, Yahoo News reporter Hunter Walker tweeted a video of a woman named Elizabeth from Knoxville, Tennessee. In the video, the woman says that she got maced. She continued, “I made it like a foot inside and they pushed me aside and maced me.” When asked why she was attempting to enter the Capitol building, she said, “We’re storming the Capitol. It’s a revolution.” The post received more than 1 million views, 5,100 likes and 4,000 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below).

This woman was maced inside the Capitol. She told me, “It’s a revolution!” pic.twitter.com/hMKYSzrkue

— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) January 6, 2021

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That day, the TikTok account for Yahoo News published the video. The post received more than 2.2 million reactions, 282,000 shares and 225,000 comments in less than 24 hours.

That day, CNN reporter Michael Holmes tweeted the video with the caption, “Elizabeth wasn’t happy with her treatment at the revolution.” The tweet received more than 3.1 million views, 26,000 likes and 12,000 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below).

Elizabeth wasn’t happy with her treatment at the revolution. pic.twitter.com/zARPpvTOA8

— Michael Holmes (@holmescnn) January 7, 2021

That evening, Twitter user @schmoyoho began sharing remixes of the video. The first, which features a remix of the opening…

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