Donald Trump repeatedly claimed in the months following the election that he had won the election by a landslide, but it was stolen from him due to massive voter fraud.
It was the most outlandish lie of Trump’s term, maybe the craziest of his life, and it led thousands of his supporters to violently attack the Capitol in an insane attempt to overturn the results of the election on his behalf. We all watched, horrified, as hordes of angry Trump supporters bashed their way through barriers and stormed the Capitol holding their Confederate and “Don’t Tread on Me” yellow Gadsden flags, intent on capturing and killing legislators, journalists and anyone with a political opinion different from their own. The insurrection, based on lies, caused the death of five people, including a police officer.
It was a shameful, stunning, anti-democratic display that showed how four years of Trump’s incessant lying has destabilized the country and turned ordinary citizens into people who actually believed it was okay to forcibly threaten legislators into reversing the results of a U.S. election. It also showed the danger right wing extremists and deluded domestic terrorists now pose to the country, thanks to Trump and the millions of people who swallowed his lies.
Western slope Republicans promoted the Big Lie that led to the insurrection
Local Republicans right here at home promoted the twisted thinking that led to the insurrection at the Capitol January 6th.
State Senator Ray Scott circulated the “Stop the Steal” hashtag on December 2, re-tweeting a post by Michelle Malkin, who promoted the Big Lie that Biden didn’t win the election.
Senator Scott never let his followers know the claim he had circulated was not true:
Republican Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters used her elected position to undermine confidence in the election and promote the Big Lie when she posted a Tweet about how easy it is to count ballots more than once and “change algorithms” in voting machines:
The chair of the Mesa County Republican Party, Kevin McCarney, promoted the “stolen election” lie in a January 14 Facebook post:
And then there’s House Rep. Lauren Boebert
Boebert promoted the Big Lie and aligned herself with other insurrectionist views. Here she proudly posed with the Gadsden flag in 2019 — one of the symbols flown by the insurrectionists during the attack on the Capitol January 6th. She also posed with armed militia members in front of her restaurant:
Boebert promoted the Big Lie to her followers December 8:
All of these western slope elected officials contributed to the insurrectionist atmosphere both locally and nationwide that directly led to the assault on the Capitol.
We shouldn’t have to beg our elected officials to tell the truth, but here we are.
All these Republicans have a duty to apologize and actively replace the “election rigging” lie with the true narrative that Joe Biden won the election fair and square, by a vote of a majority of Americans and the Electoral College, and STOP encouraging the twisted, anti-democratic thinking that many Mesa County Republicans are no doubt engaging in, and that led to the insurrection on the Capitol January 6th.
Any that don’t, don’t deserve to stay in office.