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Democratic AGs One Year After January 6th: “We’re on the Frontlines of Protecting Americans’ Votes and Fighting the Big Lie”

January 6, 2022 

Democratic AGs Condemn Violent Attack on U.S. Capitol that Left Hundreds of Law Enforcement Officers Injured, 5 Dead

Washington, DC — Today marks one year following the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, where violent protesters attacked the U.S. Capitol and law enforcement officers following a rally that included speeches from then-President Donald Trump, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and others supporting the “Big Lie.” Democratic Attorneys General are on the front lines protecting millions of Americans’ votes and holding people accountable for their actions on, and leading up to, that dark day in our country’s history.

Statement from DAGA Co-Chairs Nevada AG Aaron Ford and Delaware AG Kathy Jennings

“One year ago today, America suffered a bloody assault on our democracy and our law enforcement. This attack led to five law enforcement officers losing their lives in the days following it, and over 150 police officers injured. Today, our democracy is still under attack from Republican leaders, including Republican Attorneys General and GOP AG candidates across the country, working to undermine Americans’ votes and spread former President Trump’s Big Lie.

“As Democratic Attorneys General, we’re on the front lines of protecting Americans’ votes and fighting the ‘Big Lie.’ We’ve worked to protect the right to vote for millions of Americans in the run-up to the insurrection, and we’re holding people accountable for their actions on, and leading up to, January 6th. We’re proud to protect Americans’ votes across the country, and as we enter this midterm year with the 2024 presidential election slowly approaching, this work has never been more important. It’s vital that we elect Democratic AGs who will defend our democracy, protect the right to vote, and safeguard our Constitution and our nation’s peaceful transfer of power in the years ahead.”

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ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Several Republican Attorneys General bear significant responsibility for spreading the Big Lie and trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Texas AG Ken Paxton, who has been endorsed by Trump, filed suit with 17 other Republican AGs challenging President Biden’s win. From Texas to Michigan, Trump has already endorsed 2022 GOP AG candidates that support his lies and have spread dangerous misinformation about the 2020 election. Many of these candidates openly support the Big Lie or have refused to condemn the brutal attacks against police officers and law enforcement on January 6th.

Democratic AGs spoke out forcefully against the January 6th insurrection, condemning the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), the Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF), and some current and former Republican Attorneys General for their involvement in the lead up to the rally that led to the breaching of the U.S. Capitol. From filing a lawsuit to hold those who helped plan the attack financially responsible, to protecting President Biden’s election and the votes of millions of Americans, Democratic AGs have been working to defend democracy at every step.

RAGA’s policy arm — RLDF — paid for robocalls to recruit attendees and was listed as a sponsor of the event. RAGA’s former Chair also spoke at the rally that incited a mob, and former GOP AG Josh Hawley led the effort in Congress to undermine the election. In the year since January 6th, news reports have uncovered more of RAGA and RLDF’s involvement in the insurrection, including that a donor gave the RLDF $150,000 to promote the rally.