A CA Democrat compiled a report of social media posts by GOP lawmakers who voted to overturn the 2020 election – including 177 pages on Paul Gosar

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) walks through the U.S. Capitol, as Democrats debate one article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump, in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2021.

  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren compiled a report of social media activity from lawmakers who voted to overturn the election.
  • The 1,939-page report includes posts from before the election in November and after the Capitol riots.
  • The longest section is Arizona at 257 pages, and 177 pages list social media activity by Rep. Paul Gosar.
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A California Democrat compiled a nearly 2,000-page report documenting social media posts by lawmakers who voted to overturn the 2020 election.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who chairs the chair of the House Administration Committee and served as a House impeachment manager in the first impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, asked her staff to compose the 1,939-page report, which has been public online for a week.

It includes posts from other members of the House of Representatives immediately before the election in November and after the Capitol riots on January 6.

In the foreword of the report, Lofgren wrote of the “deep concerns” she has about Trump and “the actions he took which incited and encouraged the domestic terrorists who attacked the Capitol.”

The House voted to impeach the former president for the second time on a single charge of inciting the violence at the Capitol insurrection. He was later acquitted by the Senate.

“Like former President Trump, any elected Member of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government,” Lofgren wrote in the report’s foreword. “They would have betrayed their oath of office and would be implicated in the same constitutional provision cited in the Article of Impeachment.”

“Any appropriate disciplinary action is a matter not only of the Constitution and law, but also of fact,” the California Democrat continued. “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?”

The report proceeds to break down social media activity by representatives by state. The longest section, at 257 pages, is Arizona – with 177 pages listing social media activity by Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona. Gosar has faced recent scrutiny for speaking at a white nationalist conference.

Gosar came under scrutiny after Ali Alexander, who organized the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the Capitol riots, said three GOP congressmen – Reps. Reps. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and Gosar – helped him orchestrate it, according to a January report by The Washington Post.

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GOP Rep. Gosar skipped the House stimulus bill vote to attend a white nationalist event in Florida

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Paul Gosar (R-AZ) speaks during a panel discussion about the Devaluing of American Citizenship during the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

  • Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona skipped Friday’s stimulus vote to attend the AFPAC committee. 
  • The conference is a white nationalist alternative to CPAC. 
  • Gosar cited special rules introduced by Congress during the pandemic to skip attending the vote in person. 
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Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona skipped Friday night’s vote on the stimulus bill to attend a white nationalist conference in Florida. 

Gosar on Friday night was among the attendees of America First Political Action Committee (AFPAC), a far-right alternative to the CPAC conference of conservatives held nearby. 

White nationalist activist Nick Fuentes organizes the conference. Fuentes was among the far-right activists who rallied Trump supporters ahead of the January 6 Capitol riot and attended the Charlottesville white nationalist rally in 2017. 

 

Gosar had told Congress that he couldn’t attend the vote on the $1.9 stimulus bill proposed by the Biden administration under rules allowing lawmakers to cast votes remotely for reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The stimulus bill passed the Democrat-controlled House in a vote in the early hours of Saturday. 

Gosar sought to justify attending AFPAC in a statement to the Washington Post Saturday, claiming he was trying to reach out to younger Republicans. 

“We thought about it, and we thought: There is a group of young people that are becoming part of the election process and becoming a bigger force,” Gosar told the Post. “So why not take that energy and listen to what they’ve got to say?”

The following day he attended CPAC, reported Arizona Central, where he sought to distance himself from white nationalism, at a panel discussion he spoke at.

 

“I denounce, when we talk about white racism, that’s not appropriate,” Gosar said. “I believe in a strong immigration system, but a legal immigration system.”

A spokesperson for Gosar did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

At the AFPAC event, Fuentes said that “white people are done being bullied,” and praised the Capitol riot, where five people lost their lives, as “awesome,” describing it as “light-hearted mischief,” reported The Daily Beast. 

He also mocked Rep. Madison Cawthorne, of North Carolina, who is partially paralyzed, for being in a wheelchair, according to the report. 

Gosar was joined at the AFPAC conference by former Rep. Steve King. He was expelled from committee duties in 2019 after questioning why “white supremacy” was considered wrong. He lost a primary challenge for his Iowa seat in 2020 after being abandoned by GOP leadership. 

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