Some significant historical dates are expressed in numerical shorthand: 7/7, 9/11, 8888. (The last number represents Burma’s People Power Uprising, also known as the 8888 Uprising, which peaked on 8 August 1988.) But the riot at the US Capitol that took place on January 6, 2021, is widely known by a different abbreviation: J6. Where did this unusual contraction come from, and how did it spread?
The source is not an official one. The full name of the governmental entity looking into the insurrection is the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol,; the URL is january6th.house.gov.
Nor did “J6” originate on Twitter, although the abbreviation has proved useful on that 280-character platform, where it pops up across the political spectrum.
One claim I’ve heard ad nauseam from MAGA is that Trump “has been robbed of due process” by these hearings. The J6 committee are not prosecutors conducting a trial. They are an investigative team tasked with uncovering the truth for the American people about January 6th.— Andrew Wortman ️ (@AmoneyResists) July 25, 2022
105 days until the midterms, and literally, anything can happen in that time - from J6 committee revelations to a big Trump announcement. The Breakdown welcomes Lincoln Project Sr. Advisor @stuartpstevens, to dig into what comes. Tomorrow at 7p ET. pic.twitter.com/0ih3lV4ANq— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 25, 2022
CNN’s @wolfblitzer has a panel of three people who all agree with him - and who all hate Trump.— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 25, 2022
Wolf has no dissenting voices to talk about the J6 Committee (where there are no dissenting voices either).
This is unAmerican.
(By the way, it’s spelled un-American. Thank you, Jonathon Owen.)
Nor did I find any evidence that any media outlet invented “J6.”
Instead, it appears that the “J6” abbreviation originated from within the insurrection.