CA Rep. Zoe Lofgren Released Social Media Report on GOP Members Who Objected to Vote Certification
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5 Mar 2021Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) discharged a nearly 2,000-page report documenting social media posts by Republicans who voted January 6 against certifying results of the presidential election.
The report documents social media activity of representatives between November 4 to January 6.
No report was created documenting the congressional members who objected to former President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, which Trump’s lawyers pointed out in his second impeachment trial:
Lofgren’s report has been online for a week:
New: Rep. Zoe Lofgren has released a nearly 2,000 page report documenting the social media posts of GOP colleagues leading up to Jan. 6th who voted to overturn the results of the election. The report includes a breakdown of members by state.https://t.co/XUDOWvODyP
— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) March 5, 2021
In a preamble to the report, Lofgren, chair of the House Administration Committee, wrote how she had asked her staff to pull the relevant social media posts and compile them in an effort to gather facts:
Any appropriate disciplinary action is a matter not only of the Constitution and law, but also of fact. Many of former President Trump’s false statements were made in very public settings. Had Members made similar public statements in the weeks and months before the January 6th attack? Statements which are readily available in the public arena may be part of any consideration of Congress’ constitutional prerogatives and responsibilities.
The report includes online statements from members of Congress supporting Trump.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) possibly initiated the idea for the report by tweeting on January 6, “Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?”:
Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future? I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 6, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez also posted a video on January 13, expressing her ideas to “rein in” media to prevent the spread of disinformation.
“Several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up ‘media literacy,’ because that is a part of what happened here,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a clip. “We’re going to need to figure out how we rein in our media environment, so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation.”
.@AOC, on Instagram, reflects on the Capitol Hill riot: “I thought I was going to die. And you have all of those thoughts where, at the end of your life, all of these thoughts come rushing to you … I did not know if I was going to make out of that day alive.” pic.twitter.com/JX0gLNtMAY
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 13, 2021
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