57 GOP State And Local Officials Were At The Capitol Insurrection

Written by on February 13, 2021

At the least 57 state and native Republican officers attended the Jan. 6 rally in Washington that changed into a lethal riot, based on an up to date HuffPost tally. Nearly all of them are resisting calls to resign. 

They traveled from 27 states for the “Cease the Steal” demonstration close to the White Home. A few officers even gave speeches, warming up the group for then-President Donald Trump, who took the stage and regurgitated lies in regards to the election outcomes earlier than instructing the “Make America Nice Once more” mob to march on the U.S. Capitol.

Late final month, after figuring out an preliminary 21 state and native GOP officers on the rally — amongst them a QAnon conspiracy theorist, a self-described member of a far-right militia and a person who as soon as declared that “the one good Democrat is a useless Democrat” — HuffPost obtained emails from readers throughout the nation figuring out the extra 36 officers on this new tally. 

Among the reader emails have been pressing — “PLEASE, PLEASE REVISE YOUR ARTICLE TO REFLECT THESE INSURGENT SEDITIONISTS PLEASE!” learn one — underscoring how communities throughout the nation are nonetheless grappling with the fallout from the siege of the U.S. Capitol. Many are hoping that these officers will in some way face penalties for his or her actions.  

Almost all 57 are going through calls to resign. But solely two males, each of whom have been arrested for his or her function within the riot — a member of the West Virginia Home of Delegates and a secretary of the California Republican Meeting — have really stepped down.

Elsewhere, a Virginia state senator was censured and stripped of committee assignments. Two different censure makes an attempt — of a metropolis councilwoman and a faculty board member in California — have been voted down. In Texas, a Pizzagate-conspiracy-theory-believing area organizer was fired. 

Usually, the GOP officers have brushed apart calls to resign. “For a name to exit searching for my resignation is past the pale and reeks of cancel tradition,” stated Rob Socha, a metropolis councilman in Hillsdale, Michigan. (By the way, at the very least 4 of the 57 GOP officers invoked “cancel tradition” or being “canceled” whereas dismissing calls that they step down.) 

All throughout the nation, accountability feels laborious to seek out, together with in Washington itself, the place a Senate impeachment trial in opposition to Trump for inciting the riot is all however assured to finish in a party-line vote for acquittal. (Trump’s legal professionals have additionally invoked “cancel tradition” throughout the proceedings.) 

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather at the west entrance of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 after busting through barriers

Supporters of President Donald Trump collect on the west entrance of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 after busting by means of limitations manned by U.S. Capitol Law enforcement officials.

Within the mob on Jan. 6, based on HuffPost’s evaluation, have been, at the very least, 16 Republican members of state homes or assemblies, 4 state senators, a state legal professional basic, six county commissioners, seven metropolis council members, two mayors, three faculty board members, two state GOP chairs, two prosecutors and a slew of different officers and celebration functionaries. The group additionally included an extremist sheriff from Oklahoma who mentioned harming members of Congress, a city council member from Massachusetts who’s carefully affiliated with the violent neo-fascist gang the Proud Boys and a county commissioner from Florida who as soon as mentioned beheading liberals. 

Only some breached the Capitol property itself, with 4 GOP officers having since been arrested on prices together with “knowingly coming into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds” and disorderly conduct. The remainder of the officers have since largely condemned the violence that occurred that day, insisting they have been nowhere close to the chaos or claiming they’d already returned to their inns or boarded buses house earlier than the rioters began ransacking the seat of American democracy, resulting in the deaths of 5 individuals.  

Many have since sought to keep away from accountability for his or her half in all of it. Of the 57 GOP officers recognized as being on the rally, afterward at the very least 20 pushed the false conspiracy principle that “antifa,” or leftist anti-fascists, really began the violence — a declare that’s been rendered more and more absurd with the arrests of about 200 Trump supporters since Jan. 6.

In the meantime, Republicans proceed to forged the Capitol rioters as a lunatic fringe who don’t symbolize the celebration. However the celebration’s complicity comes into clearer focus every day, as do the demographics of those that traveled to Washington on Jan. 6: It was an overwhelmingly white, closely armed, petit bourgeois and middle-aged mob marching alongside dyed-in-the-wool white nationalists and different extremists, in addition to dozens of cops, all with a single-minded deal with retaining their perceived political enemies — Democrats — from buying energy. 

It was an ideal illustration of the GOP.  

Listed here are the 57 state and native Republican officers who have been on the Jan. 6 rally, together with one official whose attendance had beforehand gone unreported.  (This checklist doesn’t embrace the federal lawmakers in attendance.) 

The next checklist shouldn’t be complete, and HuffPost can be reporting additional on officers who participated within the Jan. 6 rally. Know an elected official or celebration functionary who must be on this checklist? E mail christopher.mathias@huffpost.com.

Ken and Angela Paxton

A Facebook post about the Jan. 6 insurrection from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was labeled "False Information" by the s

A Fb submit in regards to the Jan. 6 riot from Texas Lawyer Common Ken Paxton was labeled “False Info” by the social media firm.

Texas Lawyer Common Ken Paxton and his spouse, state Sen. Angela Paxton, shared a stage with Trump on the rally that spawned a riot. 

“What now we have in President Trump is a fighter,” Ken Paxton informed the group, including:  “We is not going to stop preventing.” 

The subsequent morning, after the carnage on the Capitol was well-known, Lawyer Common Paxton wrote on Fb: “Those that stormed the capitol yesterday weren’t Trump supporters. They’ve been confirmed to be Antifa. Violence shouldn’t be the reply.”

Those that stormed the Capitol have been completely not confirmed to be antifa. (Paxton nonetheless has not deleted the submit, which Fb labeled “False Info.”) 

That very same day, based on The Dallas Morning Information, Democratic Texas state Rep. Chris Turner referred to as for the state Legislature to “completely examine” Lawyer Common Paxton’s function in fomenting the riot. 

“From submitting a fraudulent lawsuit that fueled unhinged conspiracy theories a few free and truthful election, to egging on the group of insurrectionists in Washington, DC, Paxton has performed a significant function in creating the nationwide disaster that culminated with the primary breach of our nation’s capital because the Warfare of 1812,” Turner stated in a written assertion.

A spokesperson for the legal professional basic referred to as Turner’s assertion “completely unhinged and absurd.”

(The FBI, in the meantime, is investigating Paxton for unrelated accusations that he dedicated bribery and different crimes.) 

Jorge Riley

Like most of the Capitol rioters who’ve since been arrested, Jorge Riley — who served each as corresponding secretary of the California Republican Meeting and as president of its Sacramento chapter — seems to have confessed to his alleged crimes on social media. 

“I’m right here to see what my President referred to as me to DC for,” he wrote on Fb the morning of Jan. 6, based on federal prosecutors. “There’s 100’s of hundreds of individuals marching on the Nation’s Capitol!!!” he wrote in one other. 

Thirty minutes later, Riley wrote: ‘Hey We’re storming the Capitol…. What are you doing?’”

Federal prosecutors additionally allege Riley gave an interview on digital camera upon leaving the Capitol through which he additional described his actions. ’We broke home windows, we went into the door, we pushed our means in, after which we simply stored going additional and additional.” he stated, including: “We pushed our solution to [Democratic House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi’s workplace … after which we have been sitting in there yelling, ‘Fuck you, Nancy Pelosi!’”

Riley is charged with obstructing an official continuing, illegally coming into a restricted constructing and disorderly conduct. He has resigned from his positions within the California Republican Meeting. 

Joe Mullins

“It began out actual peaceable, like a typical Trump rally,” Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins informed Florida’s Palm Coast Observer about his journey to D.C. “When [former Vice President Mike] Pence did what he did, the group went berserk. Folks began storming the Capitol. Once we began listening to pictures fired, we obtained up and left.”

What Pence “did” was refuse to heed Trump’s directive to cease Congress from counting the electoral votes that licensed Democrat Joe Biden received the election. (The rioters chanted “Hold Mike Pence!” after they stormed the Capitol.) 

Mullins had sponsored buses to move Trump supporters to the Jan. 6 rally. Within the days main as much as the occasion, he acknowledged on a pre-recorded radio program (which the station refused to air) that “possibly there are some liberals I’d wish to see their heads minimize off.” 

One in every of Mullins’ fellow commissioners, Ken Bryan, harshly criticized him upon his return to Florida, noting in a speech that Mullins had “created an intentional insurgency whereas serving beneath the oath of workplace,” which was a “clear violation of that oath to uphold the Structure” and that he “shouldn’t be holding workplace right this moment.” 

Mullins has not resigned. 

Chris West

Chris West is the sheriff of Canadian County, Oklahoma, and is affiliated with a far-right and anti-immigrant community of sheriffs throughout the U.S. 

He says he traveled to D.C. as a non-public citizen and didn’t enter the Capitol constructing. “I rebuke all of that, each little bit of it,” he informed reporters in Oklahoma of the violence in D.C. 

A short while later, nevertheless, KFOR reported that some alarming social media posts from a since-deleted Fb account belonging to West had emerged displaying the sheriff utilizing explicitly insurrectionist rhetoric. 

“In the event that they’re okay rigging an election and international assist to steal the white home and management of WeThePeople, then I’m okay with utilizing no matter means essential to protect America and save FREEDOM & LIBERTY,” West allegedly wrote in a single submit. 

When one other Oklahoman on Fb wrote “I would like a number of in Congress… in jail,” West wrote again: “or worse.”

West made headlines in 2020 when he introduced he was forming an armed “sheriff’s posse” to reply to Black Lives Matter demonstrations. 

“The anarchists, thugs and self-identified Marxists are centered on the destruction of the US of America,” he wrote in a since-deleted Fb submit on the time. “They need to eradicate the US Structure, take all of your cash, take your job, take your home, and management each thought, motion and facet of your life. That makes them home enemies of the nation in my ebook.”

Suzanne Ianni 

Suzanne Ianni, a member of the Town Meeting in Natick, Massachusetts, left, aboard a bus headed to Washington for the Jan. 6

Suzanne Ianni, a member of the City Assembly in Natick, Massachusetts, left, aboard a bus headed to Washington for the Jan. 6 “March to Save America” rally. She was arrested for breaching the Capitol.

Suzanne Ianni, a member of the City Assembly in Natick, Massachusetts, was arrested final month on prices of disorderly conduct and knowingly coming into or remaining in a restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority, based on federal authorities. 

She was allegedly photographed contained in the Capitol throughout the riot. 

Ianni is actively concerned within the far-right, anti-LGBTQ group Tremendous Comfortable Enjoyable America, notorious for organizing a collection of “Straight Delight Parades” in Boston. 

Based on a prison affidavit, Ianni organized busloads of supporters to journey to D.C. for the Jan. 6 rally. {A photograph} taken from one bus reveals Ianni smiling whereas standing with a person in a Proud Boys T-shirt. The Proud Boys are a violent neo-fascist gang carefully aligned with Tremendous Comfortable Enjoyable America. 

Linda Menk

Linda Menk, a faculty board member in Coweta County, Georgia, is going through calls to resign after attending the Jan. 6 rally. 

“Simply FYI. I’m right here in DC for the Trump March,” Menk posted to Fb from the riot. “These individuals you’re seeing on TV who supposedly stormed the capitol do NOT appear like the peaceable marchers who’re 99% NOT sporting masks, And their apparel doesn’t appear like that individuals I’ve been interacting with.”

“This smells like a false flag,” Menk added, insinuating that one other group was answerable for the violence on Jan. 6. 

Group members began a petition to take away Menk from workplace upon her return to Georgia. Menk, the petition acknowledged, “shouldn’t be solely entrusted with the schooling of our kids, but in addition anticipated to be a pillar of the group.”  

“As a group,” the petition continued, “we really feel that she doesn’t symbolize the values of this physique, our group, or our democracy.” 

WXIA-TV in Atlanta additionally discovered alarming Fb posts made by Menk, together with one through which she confirmed assist for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenage vigilante charged with fatally taking pictures two anti-racism demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin, final summer season. 

“Kyle Rittenhouse- justified taking pictures,” Menk wrote in a single submit. “Please donate to Kyle’s protection,” she wrote in one other. 

Kyle Biedermann

Texas state Rep. Kyle Biedermann stated he marched on the Capitol however didn’t take part within the violence. “It was unlucky that some used this gathering to sow discord and promote violence,” he informed the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in an announcement. 

Solely two days later, Biedermann acknowledged his perception that Texas ought to secede from the US. 

“The politicians in DC are out of contact with the voices of God fearing Individuals and with the novel nature of the Democrat Occasion, it solely renews my resolve to combat to present Texans the suitable to vote on #Texit,” he tweeted. 

Biedermann introduced final 12 months that he plans on introducing the Texas Independence Referendum Act, which might have Texans vote on whether or not the state ought to turn out to be “an impartial nation.”

As famous by The Dallas Morning Information, Texas can not legally secede from the US. 

“You may’t declare to be patriotic and file a invoice for Texas to secede from the union,” quipped Abhi Rahman, a spokesman for the Texas Democratic Occasion.

Rahman additionally stated Biedermann “should resign from the Texas Legislature instantly, and in need of that, be expelled. It’s time for Texas Republicans to place up or shut up. They both assist home terrorists or they don’t.” 

Biedermann has not resigned. 

Thad Lichtensteiger

Thad Lichtensteiger is a county commissioner in Van Wert County, Ohio. A HuffPost reader despatched a photograph purportedly displaying Lichtensteiger on the Jan. 6 rally. 

Though Lichtensteiger didn’t return a number of HuffPost voicemails requesting touch upon his attendance on the riot, an worker on the county fee confirmed that Lichtensteiger had traveled to D.C. for the occasion. 

Listed here are the remainder of the GOP officers who traveled to D.C. on Jan. 6.  

Aaron Carpenter, metropolis councilman in Marysville, Ohio

Alfie Oakes, Florida Republican state committeeman

Alfonso Cirulli, deputy mayor of Barnegat Township, New Jersey

Amanda Chase, Virginia state senator

Angie Jones, treasurer of Horry County, South Carolina 

Annie Black, Nevada assemblywoman

Anthony Kern, Arizona state consultant

Brian Hobbs, mayor of Newkirk, Oklahoma

Cathy Lukasko, auxiliary chair of Trumbull County, Ohio, Republican Occasion

Charles Ausberger, metropolis councilman in Mansfield, Connecticut

Chris Miller, Illinois state consultant 

Christian Ziegler, county commissioner in Sarasota County, Florida, and vice chair of the Republican Occasion of Florida 

Couy Griffin, county commissioner in Otero County, New Mexico

Dan Cox, member of the Maryland Home of Delegates

Dave LaRock, member of the Virginia Home of Delegates

David Baker, assistant district legal professional basic in Greene County, Tennessee

David Eastman, Alaska state consultant 

Derrick Evans, member of the West Virginia Home of Delegates

Doug Mastriano, Pennsylvania state senator

Doug Mclinko, county commissioner in Bradford County, Pennsylvania 

Frank Eathorne, Wyoming Republican Occasion chairman 

Gerri McDaniel, Republican state government committeeman for Horry County, South Carolina

Gloria Lee Snover, Northampton County Republican Occasion chair

Greg Stuchell, metropolis councilman for Hillsdale, Michigan 

James Hoak, faculty board member for the Sierra Unified Faculty District in Fresno County, California 

Jenni White, mayor of Luther, Oklahoma 

Jessica Martinez, metropolis councilwoman in Whittier, California 

Justin Hill, Missouri state consultant

Justin Worth, Rhode Island state consultant 

Kevin Whitt, Republican area organizer in Texas

Kirsten Hill, member of the Ohio Board of Schooling

Leandra Blades, member of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Board of Schooling in California

Lynn Deddens, prosecutor in Dearborn County, Indiana

Mark Finchem, Arizona state consultant 

Matt Maddock, Michigan state consultant 

Melvin Adams, chair of Virginia’s fifth District Committee

Meshawn Maddock, co-chair of the Michigan Republican Occasion

Mike Azinger, West Virginia state senator

Nathan Martin, metropolis councilman for Shelby, Ohio

Paul Henderson, chairman of the District 10 Republican Occasion in Calvin, North Dakota

Richard Champion, Colorado state consultant

Rob Socha, metropolis councilman in Hillsdale, Michigan 

Ron Hanks, Colorado state consultant

Sandy Adams, district director for the fifth Congressional District in Virginia

Shannon Grady, incoming president of the Horry County Republican Ladies’s Caucus in Horry County, South Carolina

Sue Solloway, county commissioner of Hunterdon County, New Jersey

Terri Lynn Weaver, Tennessee state consultant 

Vernon Jones, Georgia state consultant

CORRECTION: An earlier model of this text misidentified the state the place Charles Ausberger is a metropolis councilman, and misstated the county the place Christian Ziegler is a commissioner. It additionally incorrectly listed Montana state Sen. Theresa Manzella as having attended the rally. 

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