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GOP Legislators’ Pre-Insurrection Posts — 2k Pages Of Election Lies Collected As Evidence Of Seditious Behavior

GOP Legislators’ Pre-Insurrection Posts — 2k Pages Of Election Lies Collected As Evidence Of Seditious Behavior

Congressional insurrectionists

As Donald Trump’s second impeachment was carried out in the House and tried in the Senate, the votes only re-affirmed the hyperpartisan state of U.S. legislature. Even such a seemingly simple procedure as confirming the electoral vote, on the day that led to that second impeachment, turned partisan. Now one Congresswoman has gathered intelligence — all public information — on those colleagues who fought to overturn the election.

Congressional insurrectionists
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) (3rd R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (2nd L) are applauded by Republican members of Congress after they objected to the certification of the electoral votes for the state of Arizona during a Joint Session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Donald Trump was accused of inciting the violence that took place on January 6th, not only by his comments to the crowd that day, but for social media posts and oft-repeated lies about the integrity and outcome of the election. However, he’s not the only member of the GOP who encouraged his supporters to do anything necessary to overturn the election.

In fact, a 1,939 page report by Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) shows that a lot of Trump’s supporters in Congress were also tweeting to sow disinformation about the election outcome, often directly lying about election integrity, and encourage the public to help disavow the results.

A few examples she collected:

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) here falsely claims that Joe Biden wants to count votes that are not legally cast.

Here’s Lauren Boebert (R-GA) calling for the GOP to not ‘roll over’ but to fight the election outcome.

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Below is a tweet from Nick Martin, who tracks and reports on hate and extremism, sharing a screenshot of a post in which Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is posing with a member of the Proud Boys.

KPIX notes that Gosar is also repeatedly seen tagging “@ali” in the collected posts. That’s the (former) handle of Ali Alexander (now banned from Twitter), who has asserted that Gosar, along with Reps. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) helped him plan the insurrection rally.

Rep. Lofgren’s full report can be accessed here (PDF), or individual state sections are listed here.

She explains, “Like former President Trump, any elected Member of Congress who aided and abetted the
insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government,” citing Constitutional clauses forbidding those “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the nation from holding public office, before going on to share nearly 2,000 pages of evidence.

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