Washington, DC — On the one-year anniversary of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, most Republican Attorneys General and the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) remained silent on the event that left more than one hundred law enforcement officers injured and five dead in the days following. Several Republican Attorneys General bear significant responsibility for spreading former President Trump’s “Big Lie” about the 2020 election and tried to overturn the results in the days and months following.
Statement from Geoff Burgan, Communications Director, Democratic Attorneys General Association:
“The Republican AGs Association and the Rule of Law Defense Fund love to pretend they’re the party of law and order – but their silence today on the anniversary of January 6th, where over one hundred police officers were hurt and five ultimately died, speaks volumes about their priorities and real interests: scaring people and assigning blame for political gain. RAGA and the RLDF have put Donald Trump and the ‘Big Lie’ over the rule of law, our Constitution, and the law enforcement officers who defended our country that day.”
RAGA’s policy arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, paid for robocalls to recruit attendees to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally that included speeches from then-President Donald Trump, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and others supporting the “Big Lie” ahead of the insurrection 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.