Nearly five dozen state and local GOP officials attended ex-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, DC that culminated with the siege on the United States Capitol on January 6th according to an analysis by The Huffington Post.
In an exclusive report published on Saturday, HuffPost found that 57 members of the GOP – most of whom are elected Republicans from 27 states – traveled to the nation’s capital in support of Trump’s calls to overturn the 2020 election.
Nearly all 57 are facing calls to resign. Yet only two men, both of whom were arrested for their role in the riot — a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and a secretary of the California Republican Assembly — have actually stepped down.
In the mob on Jan. 6, according to HuffPost’s analysis, were, at least, 16 Republican members of state houses or assemblies, four state senators, a state attorney general, six county commissioners, seven city council members, two mayors, three school board members, two state GOP chairs, two prosecutors and a slew of other officials and party functionaries. The group also included an extremist sheriff from Oklahoma who discussed harming members of Congress, a town council member from Massachusetts who is closely affiliated with the violent neo-fascist gang the Proud Boys, and a county commissioner from Florida who once discussed beheading liberals.
Among those in attendance was embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a die-hard Trump supporter whom the FBI is investigating for securities fraud.
To read HuffPost’s full report, please click here.
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