Meet Your Local Republican Insurrectionist

Written by on January 22, 2021

At the very least 21 state and native Republican officers attended the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C., that was a violent riot, in line with a brand new HuffPost tally, a lot of whom at the moment are underneath stress to resign. 

They traveled from 16 totally different states, arriving for the “Cease the Steal” demonstration on the White Home Ellipse, the place they watched President Donald Trump inform incendiary lies about having been robbed of reelection. He then advised the gang of 1000’s to march on the Capitol. 

Within the crowd that day have been 13 members of state Homes or Assemblies; three state senators; a county commissioner; a metropolis council member; a GOP congressional district chair; a district director; and a co-chair of the Michigan Republican Get together. The group additionally features a QAnon conspiracy theorist; a self-described member of a fascist militia; and a person who as soon as declared that “the one good Democrat is a lifeless Democrat.” 

Solely two of these GOP officers seem to have breached the Capitol property itself that day, and have since been arrested, however the prevalence of Republican legislators and get together functionaries on the demonstration underscores the get together’s rank complicity in fomenting a historic revolt. 

These GOP officers, in any case, have been participating in, and lending credence to, the finale of a monthslong marketing campaign to falsely discredit the outcomes of a good election. All have been keen individuals in a nakedly anti-democratic ploy to maintain their most well-liked president in energy, and helped whip a fascist mob right into a frenzy. 

All at the moment are going through calls to resign, however just one has finished so. And though most have since condemned the violence, vandalism, and looting on the Capitol — which led to the deaths of 5 individuals — many have sought to deflect blame. Of the 21 GOP officers in HuffPost’s tally, no less than 13 have made statements making an attempt in charge the violence on “antifa” or “paid provocateurs.” 

The FBI says there isn’t a proof “antifa” orchestrated that day’s chaos. There’s a mountain of proof, nonetheless, exhibiting the violence was dedicated by a Make America Nice Once more mob. 

Listed here are the names of the state and native GOP officers that have been a part of that mob. (This checklist doesn’t embrace the federal lawmakers in attendance.)

The next checklist will not be complete, and HuffPost will likely be reporting additional on officers who participated within the Jan. 6 rally. Know an elected official or get together functionary who needs to be on this checklist however isn’t? E-mail christopher.mathias@huffpost.com.

Derrick Evans

Derrick Evans, 35, a newly elected Republican member of the West Virginia Home of Delegates, livestreamed himself breaking into the Capitol, main the charging crowd in a chant of “Trump!” 

As soon as contained in the constructing, Evans instantly confessed to his crime on the livestream, yelling “We’re in! We’re in! We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is within the Capitol!” 

He was arrested by federal authorities two days later. He faces expenses of “knowingly coming into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority,” in line with the Justice Division, and “one rely of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.” 

Though initially preventing again towards claims that he ought to resign, saying he did “nothing mistaken,” Evans ultimately apologized for participating within the revolt, saying that he would step down and take “full duty” for his actions. 

(After his resignation, a report in The Washington Submit detailed Evans’ historical past of harassing ladies outdoors abortion clinics whereas sporting a “Make America Nice Once more” hat.) 

Couy Griffin

Couy Griffin — a Republican county commissioner in Otero County, New Mexico, who based a gaggle known as Cowboys for Trump — filmed himself on the steps of the Capitol constructing through the revolt.

Federal brokers arrested Griffin this previous weekend as he returned to Washington, D.C., to protest the inauguration. He’s charged with “one rely of knowingly coming into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful entry.” 

“We’re not going wherever,” Griffin says within the Jan. 6 video from the Capitol steps. “We’re not gonna take no for a solution. We’re not gonna get our election stolen by us from China.” (China didn’t steal the U.S. election.) 

In a video posted after the Capitol riots, Griffin claimed there could should be one other MAGA rally on the Capitol quickly, and if it occurs there “might be blood working out of that constructing.”

And at a latest Otero County Fee assembly, Griffin said that he was going to return to D.C. for the inauguration — armed. 

“I’m gonna be there on Jan. 20 … and I’m gonna take a stand for our nation and for our freedoms,” Griffin stated. “ … I’ve received a .357 Henry Huge Boy rifle lever motion that I’ve received within the trunk of my automotive and I’ve received a .357 single motion revolver, the Colt Ruger Vaquero that I’ll have beneath the entrance seat on my proper facet and I’ll embrace my Second Modification.” 

Griffin — who beforehand made headlines for stating that “the one good Democrat is a lifeless Democrat” in a video retweeted by Trump — is now going through a number of calls to resign, together with from the New Mexico state lawyer basic. 

Doug Mastriano

Pennsylvania Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano’s marketing campaign spent 1000’s of {dollars} to constitution buses for individuals to journey to D.C. for the Capitol rally, WHYY reported.

Mastriano, a Trump fanatic who has been on the forefront of GOP efforts to falsely painting Pennsylvania’s election outcomes as fraudulent, attended the Capitol rally too. 

“When it was obvious that this was not a peaceable protest, my spouse and I left the world and made our method out of the world,” he stated in an announcement after the riot. “At no level did we enter the Capitol constructing, stroll on the Capitol steps or transcend police strains.” 

Mastriano beforehand gained nationwide consideration when he organized a “listening to” concerning the 2020 election in Gettysburg with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani at which each promoted lies and conspiracy theories concerning the vote-counting course of. 

Because the Capitol riot, a lot of Mastriano’s colleagues in state authorities have known as on him to step down. Democratic state Sen. Vincent Hughes stated Mastriano “must be expelled.”

“This was not a bus journey to the on line casino,” Hughes stated. “This was a visit organized to overthrow the federal government.”

Mike Azinger

West Virginia Republican state Sen. Mike Azinger advised a chat radio present that he attended the Capitol rally however didn’t breach the constructing. He additionally pushed the false declare that “antifa” was chargeable for the violence there. 

Azinger stated the occasions on the Capitol have been “so awe-inspiring and patriotic and peaceable that it might virtually carry you to tears.”

“These Marxists and leftists,” he continued, “are attempting to make it appear like it was one thing we needs to be put in jail for.”

Azinger has known as his fellow Republicans “cowardly” for condemning the violence on Jan. 6, and stated he hoped Trump would “name us again” to Washington for one more demonstration.

Jessica Martinez

Almost 7,000 individuals have signed a petition calling for the resignation of Jessica Martinez, a metropolis council member in Whittier, California, who posted a video from the Jan. 6 rally to Twitter.

Martinez says she didn’t enter the Capitol itself and that she was already on her technique to the airport when the constructing was breached. She has since claimed, falsely, that “antifa” was chargeable for the storming of the Capitol. 

When she returned to Whittier, a few of her fellow metropolis council members tried to censure Martinez. “She violated the Los Angeles County ‘keep at residence’ order by flying to Washington D.C, for what was a superspreading occasion,” the censure decision said. “She additionally supported the ‘Cease the Steal’ rally to discredit the election.” 

The decision was voted down. 

Sandy and Melvin Adams 

Sandy Adams, district director for Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), attended the Capitol rally along with her husband, Melvin, chair of Virginia’s fifth District GOP Committee. 

Melvin, in a lengthy assertion emailed to individuals in his district, defined that he and Sandy went to the rally “to hitch with many, many 1000’s of fantastic red-blooded American patriots in Washington DC.”

Melvin wrote that he and Sandy watched the gang change into agitated as individuals heard experiences that neither Vice President Mike Pence or Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell would intervene on Trump’s behalf to cease the certification of the 2020 election outcomes. 

“Some say that Antifa members have been embedded within the crowd and have been citing [sic] the gang to violence,” Melvin wrote. “That might be. I truthfully don’t know.” 

Dave LaRock 

After attending the Jan. 6 rally, Republican Virginia Del. Dave LaRock stated he condemned “within the strongest attainable phrases” the violence on the Capitol however added, falsely, that it was “extremely probably” that those that forcefully entered the constructing have been “paid provocateurs despatched in to taint an in any other case orderly protest.” 

LaRock has led the GOP cost in Virginia to discredit the outcomes of the 2020 election, leading to latest requires his resignation. 

“Once you repeatedly misinform individuals and inform them that the election was rigged, that their vote didn’t rely, that’s an extremely irresponsible and harmful factor for an elected official to do,” Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Massive) stated of LaRock.

In response, LaRock stated Randall — who’s Black — ought to focus extra on the wants of ”the coloured group.” He later stated he regretted the comment and “had been educated that it’s not acceptable” to check with Black individuals as “coloured.”

Incoming Colorado state Rep. Ron Hanks stated he marched to the Capitol after watching Trump communicate close to the White Home on Jan. 6, however didn’t enter the constructing.

The following day, he wrote a weird letter to his constituents concerning the day’s occasions, arguing that the violence on the Capitol was probably dedicated by individuals who “supposed to mix in to the group, then create mayhem and blame it on Trump supporters.” (There isn’t a proof for this.) 

Hanks appeared unable to think about MAGA extremists attacking police. “There appears a dichotomy right here: Professional-Trump residents are typically regulation abiding, pro-police varieties, not antagonistic, Defund the Police agitators,” he wrote. 

And he maintained, falsely, that the 2020 election outcomes have been fraudulent, writing that there was “collusion of overseas and home entities to swing the election to Biden.”

Amanda Chase

Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase walks through the crowd at a pro-gun rally in Richmond, Virginia, on July 4, 2020. She also

Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase walks by way of the gang at a pro-gun rally in Richmond, Virginia, on July 4, 2020. She additionally joined the “Cease the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.

The Virginia state Senate voted 37 to 1 on Tuesday to strip Republican state Sen. Amanda  Chase — a self-christened “Trump in heels” — of her solely committee task as punishment for her participation within the Jan. 6 rally. 

Senate Democrats additionally superior a decision to censure Chase, calling on her to resign earlier than the censure — a uncommon and formal condemnation of a sitting lawmaker — involves a vote on the Senate flooring. 

Virginia Senate’s Democratic Caucus, in an announcement supporting the censure, wrote that Chase “unequivocally dedicated revolt.”

“She galvanized home terrorists who violated america Capitol on Wednesday afternoon by way of riots, destruction, and desecration, becoming a member of them on their march to Capitol Hill,” the assertion stated. 

Chase, who’s looking for the Republican nomination for governor in Virginia, not solely spoke to the gang of Trump supporters earlier than they stormed the Capitol, however defended their actions afterwards. 

“These weren’t rioters and looters,” Chase wrote in a Fb submit. “These have been patriots who love their nation and don’t wish to see our nice republic flip right into a socialist nation.”

She additionally falsely claimed in Fb posts that “antifa or BLM brokers of destruction” have been truly in charge for the violence on Jan. 6.

Fb suspended her account after these posts. 

Mark Finchem

Over 40 Democratic Arizona state senators and representatives despatched a letter to the FBI and the Dept. of Justice final week calling on the 2 companies to research Republican Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem for his function within the Capitol riots. 

Finchem, the letter claimed, “actively inspired the mob, each earlier than and through the assault on the Capitol.”

At 3:14 p.m. on Jan. 6, effectively after the revolt was underway, Finchem tweeted a photograph from the center of the mob on the steps of the Capitol constructing. “What occurs when the Folks really feel they’ve been ignored and Congress refuses to acknowledge rampant fraud,” he wrote. 

In an announcement after the Capitol riots, Finchem claimed he left the rally a short while after his tweet and didn’t have data of the breach till hours later. 

He additionally predictably blamed “ANTIFA infiltrators” for the preliminary breach of the Capitol, citing a since-debunked conspiracy idea that facial recognition know-how had recognized antifa. 

Finchem has a lengthy historical past of extremism, and has even known as himself a member of the far-right militia group the Oathkeepers, an anti-democratic group closely implicated within the Capitol revolt.  

Terri Lynn Weaver

Republican Tennessee state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver attended the Jan. 6 rally and later that night — when the horror of the assault on the Capitol had been well-documented — tweeted that it had been an “epic and historic day” in D.C. 

Weaver didn’t reply to an Related Press query about whether or not she had entered the Capitol Constructing. In an interview with the Tennessean, she claimed to have been “within the thick of it” however insisted the MAGA mob was largely peaceable. 

“Only a entire heck of quite a lot of patriots right here,” Weaver stated. “We by no means skilled any violence.”

She additionally advised The Tennessean, with out proof, that “antifa” could have been in charge for no matter violence had occurred. 

Justin Hill

Missouri state Rep. Justin Hill skipped his personal swearing-in ceremony to attend the “Cease the Steal” rally in Washington on Jan. 6, however claims to have by no means entered the Capitol constructing. 

“I wasn’t shut sufficient to see something,” Hill stated after the riot. “I didn’t see any vandalism.” 

A former cop, Hill didn’t condone the riots, which left many officers harm, one in all whom died from his accidents. “It’s such a tragic day,” he stated

Hill is amongst a big group of Republican state legislators in Missouri who handed a decision stating they’d “don’t have any religion within the validity” of the 2020 presidential election outcomes.

Matt and Meshawn Maddock

Democratic state lawmakers in Michigan have known as for the censure, investigation and supreme expulsion of Republican Michigan state Rep. Matt Maddock for his “continued makes an attempt at undermining democracy by fomenting election conspiracy theories and aiding with the heinous assault on the U.S. Capitol.” 

Maddock and his spouse, Meshawn Maddock, who was just lately named co-chair of the state GOP, have led the patry’s effort to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory in Michigan.  

Meshawn Maddock claimed to have organized practically 20 buses of Trump supporters to go to the Jan. 6 rally. Each she and Matt Maddock additionally traveled to Washington, D.C., however claimed to haven’t been in a position to get into the world the place Trump was talking forward of the storming of the Capitol. 

This contradicts posts from Meshawn Maddock’s social media accounts. She quote-tweeted a video of Trump supporters marching on the Capitol on Jan. 6, writing “Essentially the most unbelievable crowd and sea of individuals I’ve ever walked with <3.”

She additionally posted a video to her Instagram account from the White Home Ellipse — the place Trump delivered his speech — wherein a person within the crowd might be heard screaming, “We have to march on the Capitol and drag these individuals out of energy!” The video is not out there on her Instagram account. 

The Maddocks — each of whom just lately joined a Fb group wherein members overtly mentioned a attainable civil warfare — have each condemned the storming of the Capitol. 

Annie Black

Newly elected Nevada Assemblywoman Annie Black, a vocal Trump supporter, stated she didn’t storm the Capitol constructing in D.C. on Jan. 6, however noticed the chaos from a distance. In an e-mail to her supporters after the day’s occasions, she prompt “antifa” infiltrators could have incited the violence, citing anonymously sourced experiences within the New York Submit and Fox Information.

She additionally expressed frustration over Trump being blamed for the revolt, saying the president solely advised individuals to march to the Capitol — neglecting to say Trump’s monthslong marketing campaign of lies concerning the 2020 election outcomes. 

“Regardless, I don’t care in the event that they have been Antifa, rogue Trump supporters, white nationalists (or) no matter,” she wrote. “Those that rioted contained in the Capitol needs to be recognized, arrested, charged, prosecuted and severely punished.”

Responding to Democratic calls that she resign, Black wrote: “I’m not going wherever.” 

“Pence is a traitor,” tweeted Maryland Del. Daniel L. Cox as Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol. 

Cox’s tweet echoed insurrectionist rhetoric contained in the Capitol, the place Trump loyalists — upset over the vice chairman’s refusal to heed Trump’s request that he reject the certification of the 2020 Electoral Faculty votes — chanted “Hold Pence!”  

Cox, who had chartered buses for supporters to attend the rally, later claimed he wrote the tweet whereas leaving the occasion. “I had no realization of the gravity of the scenario in the mean time and with my very small twitter following had no intent to fire up something,” he stated in an announcement. 

Cox additionally made a sequence of tweets falsely blaming the violence on anti-fascists.

The assemblyman final made headlines in October after tweeting hashtags supportive of the QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy motion

Vernon Jones

Outgoing Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, a uncommon Trump-supporting Democrat, was a featured speaker on the Jan. 6 rally, warming up the gang earlier than Trump took the stage. 

“I’m formally becoming a member of the Republican get together!” he shouted because the MAGA crowd cheered. 

Later, after the violence on the Capitol, Jones tweeted: “To the peaceable Patriots who got here to our nation’s Capitol right now, we cannot drown out our message with violence. We aren’t ANTIFA or a lawless a mob. We’re People who consider within the rule regulation and comply with the ideas of our structure.” 

Chris Miller

Illinois state Rep. Chris Miller posted a video of himself to social media exhibiting himself close to the Capitol shortly earlier than the riot, warning his supporters that “we’re in an awesome cultural warfare” with “harmful Democrat terrorists.” 

It’s unclear how shut Miller received to the capitol constructing. His workplace didn’t instantly reply to a HuffPost request for remark. 

Miller is the husband of Rep. Mary Miller, a newly elected U.S. congresswoman going through a torrent of calls to resign after she cited Adolf Hitler in a speech she gave on the Capitol rally.

David Eastman

Alaska state Rep. David Eastman flew all of the Washington, D.C., for the rally however claims to not have participated within the storming of the Capitol.  

In a sequence of Fb posts, Eastman condemned the violence, but in addition denied that it was Trump who incited the riot. He additionally promoted conspiracy theories that “antifa” began the chaos.

Alaska Democratic activists are demanding that he resign.

Justin Worth

Rhode Island state Rep. Justin Worth admitted on Twitter that he “marched to the Capitol” with “peaceable patriots” however by no means entered the constructing. He blamed “antifa” for instigating the violence in one other tweet, arguing that the anti-fascist activists had “infiltrated” the rally. 

Worth, whose Twitter account seems to have been deleted or suspended, is going through calls from his fellow Rhode Island lawmakers to resign.  

A day earlier than going to D.C. for the rally — when the coronavirus dying rely in America reached 400,000 — Worth refused to put on a masks throughout his swearing-in ceremony on the state Capitol constructing.


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