Fact check: No, Chuck Norris wasn't at the riot at the U.S. Capitol

Camille Caldera, USA TODAY

The claim: Chuck Norris was at the riot at the U.S. Capitol

On Jan. 6, supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress met to count the ballots of the Electoral College. The hourslong attack forced lawmakers into secure locations on Capitol Hill and left five people dead.

In the wake of the siege, some users on Facebook and Twitter have claimed that martial artist and actor Chuck Norris, 80, was at the Capitol riot.

Their posts include a photo of a man who resembles Norris, posing for a selfie with another man in a hat that reads "Trump 2020."

The users behind the posts have not responded to requests from USA TODAY for comment.

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Representative for Norris confirms that he was not at the riot

Chuck Norris was not at the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Erik Kritzer, his manager, told USA TODAY in an email on Jan. 12 that the man in the photograph is not Norris.

"This is not Chuck Norris and is a wanna be look alike although Chuck is much more handsome," Kritzer wrote. "Chuck remains on his range in Texas where he has been with his family."

Chuck Norris celebrated his 80th birthday on March 10, 2020. Norris played Cordell Walker in the CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger" from 1993 to 2001.
Chuck Norris celebrated his 80th birthday on March 10, 2020. Norris played Cordell Walker in the CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger" from 1993 to 2001.

In the past, Norris has expressed support for Trump – including in July 2016, in an opinion for World Net Daily. He encouraged all Republicans to rally behind Trump.

"I truly believe that the people who have a negative view of Trump will be pleasantly surprised when he becomes the leader of our country," Norris wrote. "I also believe he will make positive changes that will benefit the people who need it most."

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Our rating: False

Based on our research, the claim that Chuck Norris was at the riot at the U.S. Capitol is FALSE. His manager told USA TODAY that the man in the photo is not Norris and confirmed that Norris has been on his range in Texas.

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Contributing: Rasha Ali

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